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August 31st, 2011 by Cobwebs

After divorce, don’t burn the wedding dress. Wear it on a first date, then suggest a walk to the graveyard to “pick up the flowers.”
emirkr

Hey actors in future horror movies: he’s right behind you.
JordyHamrick

If you have a parrot and you don’t teach it to say,”Help, they’ve turned me into a parrot”, you are wasting everybody’s time.
reddit

holy shit i’m filled with blood
robdelaney

Never underestimate a person inching toward a goal out of pure, unadulterated spite.
TheThryll

so basically the play opens with hamlet being real snippy to his stepdad
and then his pal Horatio
whose job is to stoke Hamlet’s retard fires with plenty of idiot coal
shows up all like HEY HAMLET COME HERE I SAW THE GHOST OF YOUR DAD
and hamlet is like BULLSHIT LEMME SEE
OH SHIT THAT’S TOTALLY MY DAD’S GHOST OVER THERE
HE’S TELLING ME TO KILL MY UNCLE
GOOD THING I ALWAYS LISTEN WHEN GHOSTS TELL ME TO KILL PEOPLE
guys when was the last time a ghost told you to do something constructive
like run the dishwasher or do yoga
i feel like ghosts only ever give bad advice
Myths RETOLD

Screw peace on earth, if I had one wish it’d be for Christopher Walken to come to my house, tuck me in and tell me a bedtime story.
Jason_maybe

Emo hipsters cut themselves with a really obscure knife you probably haven’t heard of yet.
donni

Just once I’d like to see a girl dressed in leopard print bite the head off a girl dressed in zebra print.
lianamaeby

I’m calling it now, Justin Bieber will star in a Back To The Future reboot where in he travels all the way back to the late 1980′s.
Line of dialogue from Bieber’s Back to The Future: “Kurt. Kurt. It’s Marvin- Your cousin, Marvin. Marvin COBAIN…. ”
MoorishDignity

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Harryhausen’s Creatures

August 30th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Man, do I love me some Ray Harryhausen. I’ve seen occasional comments–largely from people too young to remember what movie special effects looked like before the advent of CGI–that his creatures look rather clunky, and they are admittedly not as smooth as today’s computer animations. What makes his work so amazing, though, is not only the technical artistry (you guys, stop-motion animation is hard) but also how memorable his characters were. The bit in Jason and the Argonauts when the skeletal Children of the Hydra attack (around 3:25 in this clip) haunted my childhood.

Some kind soul has compiled a collection of all of Harryhausen’s stop-motion work in chronological order, from harpies to giant walruses. They are just splendid.

(via BoingBoing)

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Googly Eye Shoes

August 29th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Googly ShoesI could never be a fashion designer because there’s no way I’d be able to charge $1,595 for a pair of googly-eye shoes and keep a straight face.

The Déjà Vu heels by Christian Louboutin are a cute concept, but boy are they ripe for DIY-ing. Get yourself an inexpensive pair of pumps (look at thrift stores for extra cheapy goodness), pick up an assortment of googly eyes, and you’re in business.

You can stick the eyes on temporarily using removable glue dots and experiment with placement on the shoes. When you finally find an arrangement you like, use super glue or a speciality adhesive like Shoe Goo to attach them permanently.

For extra credit, make yourself a matching clutch, hairband, or other accessory. Then go spend the $1,580 you saved on a nice vacation. Remember to pack your shoes.

(via Neatorama)

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Leather Link Dumps of Phobos

August 26th, 2011 by Cobwebs

The Magic Clock – Build notes for a real clock similar to the “Weasleys Whereabouts” clock seen in the Harry Potter movies. It actually fetches location status from Twitter, which is entirely awesome.

How to Creep People Out – This is a brilliant idea.

Day of the Dead Makeup – Great roundup of Dia de los Muertos face painting.

Horrible Witch Face Jar – Gorgeously detailed hand-made stoneware jar. Sadly out of my price range.

Nightmare Before Christmas Wedding Shower – Great ideas and some lovely photos at the Hostess with the Mostess site.

10 Scariest Ghostly Images and Recordings – Some of these are indeed creepy.

Kristin Bauer PSA – The True Blood actress does a spot for the “It Gets Better” Project. (Hat tip to Linda)

The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities – An anthology of fantasy/SF/steampunky stories. This is the second anthology in the “Lambshead” series, the first being The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases. The editor discusses the latest book here.

Intricate Porcelain Skulls – Amazing, delicate filigree sculptures.

Zombie Engagement Photos – The photos from last week’s Link Dump that disappeared behind a password are all available here, plus a bit of backstory.

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The Color of…Everything

August 25th, 2011 by Cobwebs

This is a really unique little Web application. The Color Of is “an attempt to find out the color of anything.” Type a word into the search box, and the site queries Flickr to find pictures tagged with that word. Then it builds up a color composite of those images–watching them layer is really neat–and presents the “color” of that concept.

Here are a few I tried:

Color of Halloween

Color of Scream

Color of Horror

In addition to just being fun to play with, this would provide great color inspiration for things like quilts. Type in something like “bloody” or “monster” and create your palette based on the results.

(via Dude Craft)

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Bouquets from a Book

August 24th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Paper FlowersReddit user Blegatron loved her copy of The Prisoner of Azkaban to death, so she decided to use its pages for her wedding flowers.

This is a lovely way to incorporate a meaningful book into a wedding. You could use something that appeals to you personally or choose a book with subject matter that matches your wedding theme. Mix in a few plain paper flowers in your wedding colors and you’ll have elegant, personal accessories for cheap.

The tutorial referenced in the post appears to go to a now-defunct site, but there are plenty of other tutorials available; just google “how to make paper flowers,” or check out this roundup at Tip Nut.

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Shameless Self-Promotion

August 23rd, 2011 by Cobwebs

Yours, not mine.

I know that plenty of my readers have blogs, portfolios or businesses that they’d like to share, so here’s your chance. Tell us about your site in the comments!* If you don’t have a site of your own, feel free to recommend any other goth-friendly sites you think deserve attention, or just tell us something about yourself.

I know you guys are out there; I can hear your virtual breathing. C’mon out of the woodwork and say hi!

Update: People keep apologizing for not having goth blogs. Stop that. This is a very inclusive club; share anything you’re passionate about.


*Note that this is not an invitation for drive-by spamming, and I reserve the right to delete spammy comments with extreme prejudice and great glee.

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Fright Night: The Musical

August 22nd, 2011 by Cobwebs

I’d watch this.

(via Topless Robot)

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Charlotte’s Link Dump

August 19th, 2011 by Cobwebs

The Lovecraft – Horror-themed tea shop and bar located in Oregon.

Day of the Dead Ring – Attractive, unusual sterling silver “sugar skull” ring.

Middle Earth Dress – Cute casual dress printed with a map of Middle Earth. (Link goes to site with photo; actual retail site is down.)

Big Ben – The famous clock has its own Twitter feed.

Goths Bowling – NZ ad for Coca-Cola. Heh.

Han and Leia Cuff Bracelets – Perfect for the geeky couple.

Hydrothermal Worm – This electron micrograph of Lepidonotopodium piscesae will haunt your nightmares.

Skull Stockings – Free pattern for knitting vintage stockings with a lacy skull design.

Home Haunt Documentary – If you’re a Halloween addict, you can apply to be featured in an upcoming documentary on home haunters.

Ben and Juliana – Wedding photos. I don’t know who these people are, but I want to be friends with them. (Edit: They’ve made the site private, probably because this thing went viral. Laughing Squid has a sample.)

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Leather Corset “Fake-torial”

August 18th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Bellatrix CostumeCindy of Cation Designs created a lovely Bellatrix Lestrange costume and detailed her progress on her blog. One of the pieces was a “corset” made from thrifted leather pants, and she’s put together a description of their transformation.

It’s not precisely a tutorial, but it’s a great overview of how to harvest usable fabric from unwanted clothing and turn it into something wonderful. (She mentions several times that she realizes it’s not a “real” corset, but who cares? It looks great, and anyway the Corset Police were disbanded years ago.)

Be sure to dig around the rest of her site as well; she’s got several other costume projects in the works, plus she’s done some nice knockoffs of designer clothes using thrifted items.

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