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The Tell-Tale Link Dump

November 20th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Sock Bat – Pattern and tutorial for a cute little bat.

Vampire Pancakes – Similar idea to vampire cupcakes, only these are pancakes that spurt red raspberry filling when you bite into them.

Cthulhu Christmas Ornaments – In his house in R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming…of a white Christmas.

Werewolf Head Trophy – Instructables tutorial for making a surprisingly realistic “taxidermy werewolf head.”

Vampire Bite Necklace – Cute crocheted necklace featuring “bleeding puncture wounds.”

Strip Pieced Christmas Stocking – Nice tutorial on strip piecing. You could make a stocking out of Halloween novelty fabric or just use the method for clothing or accessories.

Skeleton Sugar Bowl – This is just adorable.

How to Steam Up Your Old Goth Wardrobe – Article by steampunk/horror author Cherie Priest about moving from goth to steampunk.

Black Plants – Guide to choosing dark plants for the garden.

Child Development Lab – Awesome concept for a nursery.

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You Got Your Zombies in My Star Wars!

November 19th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Death TroopersZombies and Star Wars. They’re two great…oh, who am I kidding? This is just ridiculous. (Click the image to enlarge for full zombie Wookiee goodness.)

Death Troopers follows the adventures of a handful of survivors on an Imperial prison barge after everybody else contracts an horrific disease, dies, and comes back to life (boogedy-boogedy)!

Del Rey is doing a little viral marketing with some intercepted messages from the barge and a Twitter feed from one of the Storm Troopers on board (I had no idea that Storm Troopers used Twitter).

They’ve just finished up a contest for a fan-made trailer, and there’s also a tie-in video game planned.

Reviewers over at Amazon are gushing that the book is wonderfully refreshing for the Star Wars franchise, and I’m sure that’s very nice, but I also think that this particular mashup is a pretty solid indicator that zombies have jumped the horribly-decayed-yet-reanimated-by-eldritch-forces shark.

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The Wondermark Wedding

November 18th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Promo PosterDavid Malki (who does the wonderful comic Wondermark) and his wife were both working in movie advertising when they first got engaged, so they made a promo poster and movie “trailer” for the wedding. Their wedding cake was action movie-themed, and it is utterly awesome. You can see the cake, trailer, and larger version of the movie poster here.

If you’re looking around for a wedding theme of your own, this would be a really fun thing to do. You could obviously go gothier with a vampire- or slasher-type “movie,” and use the motif for everything from invitations to reception decor. I just love the originality and whimsy of this idea, particularly because there are so many ways to tie it in to various wedding details.

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Haunted Design House

November 17th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Barb Foster ArtBarb Foster is a scrapbooking, stamping, and papercrafting hobbyist with a passion for Halloween. Her “mundane” hobby site Foster Design House wasn’t enough to contain her Halloweeny enthusiasm, so she also started Haunted Design House to handle the overflow. This blog is simply brimming with amazing papercraft ideas, and there are loads of photos and resource links to help you create similar beauties.

She also hosts Macabre Monday, a design challenge with themes like “Lurid Love” and “Perplexing Pigment Play.” The artistry and detailing are just amazing.

If you’re looking for unique ideas for any kind of papercraft–and particularly invitations for parties or weddings–definitely check out Barb’s stuff for inspiration.

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November 16th, 2009 by Cobwebs


This was posted with no attribution over at Spooky is as Spooky Does and my Google-Fu is apparently not strong enough to find where it came from, but it is so awesome that I wanted to share it. If I had this pram I’d make my kids ride in it until they were in college.

Update: jessica’s Google-Fu is stronger than mine. She identified Zombie Kingdom as the creator of this piece. Thanks, jessica! (And props to Oldhalloween for recognizing the location as Burning Man.)

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Poetry Sunday

November 15th, 2009 by Cobwebs

The Stolen Child
William Butler Yeats

Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water-rats;
There we’ve hid our faery vats,
Full of berries
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim grey sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances,
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And is anxious in its sleep.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To to waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he’s going,
The solemn-eyed:
He’ll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal-chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
from a world more full of weeping than you can understand.

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Gahan Wilson Cartoons

November 14th, 2009 by Cobwebs


Golden Age Comic Book Stories has posted a bunch of old Gahan Wilson cartoons from Playboy. Heh.

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Lady Chatterly’s Link Dump

November 13th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Scary Movies and Monster Crafts – Another roundup from Craftster.

Children Playing with Fire – This blogger does all kinds of offbeat embroidery. I especially like this and this.

Chocolate Skulls – Solid chocolate cast from a real human skull. A mere $120 plus shipping.

This Stuff Sucks – Roundup of weird vampire-themed merchandise. One of the items on this list made me laugh out loud. (You’ll know it when you see it.)

Baby Bats – I may have posted this photo before but I don’t care. Aaaaaawwwww.

A Very Grave Matter – Site which focuses on old New England cemeteries and burial sites. Lots of neat history and lovely photos.

Day of the Dead Crafts – Crafting roundup from (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Untamed Menagerie – Etsy seller specializing in intricately-cut acrylic jewelry featuring things like ribcages and women with spiders in their hair.

Spiders, Spiders, Spiders – The fabulous Bakerella rounds up various cake pops and cookies with a spider theme.

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Naughty Knickers Coin Purse

November 12th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Coin PurseHere’s a silly little project you can make if you’re feeling flirty: A simple coin purse that looks like it’s wearing panties. The tutorial is here.

The one I made as a model is fairly plain, but you could turn it into a thong by making the middle bit narrower, use see-through fabric or pretty lace for the contrast fabric, or add garters with a bit of ribbon. You could also make several in holiday-themed novelty fabric and change your coin purse with the seasons. Fun! Easy!

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Their Souls Make His Tummy Happy

November 11th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Li’l Cthulhu is “a child-friendly way to introduce your little one to the traditions of the Old Cult.”

Meet little Cthulhu, who lives in the magic city of R’lyeh with all his friends, as you and your child embark on a fun and educational journey through the world of the Great Old Ones, meeting all kinds of new buddies from the Necronomicon along the way, from Azathoth to Yog-Sothoth! This series has won multiple awards and has been enthusiastically approved by the department of child-developmental psychology at Miskatonic University.

This needs to be a feature-length film immediately. Somebody call Disney.

(Hat tip to Kitten Herder, who finds the most ridiculously awesome stuff.)

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