The Art of Darkness

Recut Monty Python Trailer

September 16th, 2013 by Cobwebs

Stéphane Bouley has re-cast Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a modern blockbuster in this recut trailer.

This is an interesting example of the breed; usually when movies are “reimagined” in another genre, it isn’t difficult to envision the movie actually done in that style (a couple of my favorites are Scary Mary and Shining). Here, though, the inherent goofiness shows through, no matter how much dramatic music is thrown behind it.

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Decline and Fall of the Roman Link Dump

September 13th, 2013 by Cobwebs

Small Favors – Etsy shop with interesting candle scents like “Hellboy” and “Jack in the Green.” (Hat tip to Sisifo)

Dr Martens Cassidy Boot – Doc Martens with a subtle skull design. There’s a purple version I like better, but it only seems to be available on eBay.

Robocop Trailer – The first trailer for the remake.

Vincent Price Ring – This sterling silver ring “bust” is incredibly detailed.

Skeleton Backpack – I’ve mentioned this artist’s leather skull purses before; he’s now expanded to astonishing backpacks.

Machine Shaming – Like Dog Shaming, only for sewing machines. (via Cat)

Graveyard Quest – This long story arc in the webcomic Gunshow sounds intriguing.

The Bug Chef – David George Gordon’s Eat-a-Bug Cookbook has been revised and re-released. This article features an interview with him, plus a few interesting recipes.

Sweet Preserved Pumpkin – This Oaxacan sweet is definitely not something you can knock off in an afternoon, but it’s an interesting thing to do with a pumpkin.

The Moaning Words – Kickstarter for an interactive game based on the Cthulhu mythos.

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Zombie Art by Tommy Arnold

September 12th, 2013 by Cobwebs

Jenny the Bloggess was recently honored with a zombie likeness of herself in a Kickstarter-funded card game called They’re Coming. I’m not usually a fan of zombie art–too oozy–but I have to admit that this is pretty badass:

Zombie Bloggess

This particular piece was done by Tommy Arnold, whose art sort of puts me in mind of Frank Frazetta’s stuff (there are only a few pieces in his portfolio, but his blog has lots more). His site notes that he’s available for freelance work, so it might be possible to commission a piece similar to Jenny’s (I have no idea what the cost might be).

This would be a really unique way to commemorate a wedding or other special occasion. If zombies aren’t your thing there should be plenty of other options, from vampires to superheroes to gladiators. Smaller prints of the work would also be nice as wedding invitations or reception favors.

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Sunless Sea: Video Game Kickstarter

September 11th, 2013 by Cobwebs

Sunless SeaI’ve mentioned Failbetter Games’ interactive browser game Fallen London previously. Since then, they’ve done a couple of interesting things: Expanded their browser game offerings to include several new worlds (including dozens of user-created milieus) under the umbrella site StoryNexus; and set up a Kickstarter project for a PC/Mac computer game called Sunless Sea. The game is set in the same world as Fallen London, but you get to explore the vast undersea ocean that is hinted at in that game.

Thirty years ago, London was stolen. Now it rests on the shore of the Unterzee, that old dark ocean under the world. Hell is close, immortality is cheap, and the screaming has largely stopped. Steamships ply all the wild black zee, between the Iron Republic and the Elder Continent, between Hunter’s Keep and the Travertine Spiral and the Dawn Machine. Welcome. Delicious friend.

One of the things I like best about Fallen London is the storytelling: The phrasing is evocative and lyrical, and hints at a rich, largely hidden, backstory. The Sunless Sea project updates indicate that this game will be similar.

THE EMPIRE OF HANDS, where monkeys become kings through the theft of human souls

THE CHELONATE where the slayers of the Elder Turtle founded their home in its upturned shell

THE SEA OF LILIES where toad-oracles roam the fungus pads , offering answers in exchange for fresh flesh

THE NEW KHANATE with its dreaming-khan and its war trimarans… and its floating rebel twin-city

THE SALT LIONS where the sphinxes wait, where riddles are quarried

THE SEA OF AUTUMNS where the mists watch, where all light is faint, where the sea-beasts cannot bear the sight of their own faces

THE PORT OF WHITHER, gateway to the Pale Wastes and the North, where they answer a question with a question

ADAM’S WAY, the river that flows through the Presbyterate’s heart . Only ‘living ships’ may dare its waters

The Kickstarter runs through October 3. £10 (around $16US) gets you a copy of the game, and larger sums offer larger rewards (including exclusive content in Fallen London).

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Book Spine Stair Risers

September 10th, 2013 by Cobwebs

Stair DecalsCrikey; I decided to spend five minutes looking for an attribution and wound up going down a rabbit hole.

BoingBoing recently mentioned some whimsical decals for stair risers that make a staircase look like a stack of books. Their post pointed to a listing at Fancy, a third-party crowdsourced catalog, which displays three oddly-disparate detail photos and mentions the manufacturer as “Vinyl Impression.” I eventually tracked them down here (Edit: It looks like that page has been newly removed); their site lacks one of the Fancy photos and the comments* there are illuminating, blaming the vendor for lifting the pattern designs from Coralie Bickford-Smith and also noting that the (missing; presumably removed) photo which looks hand-painted was in fact hand-painted by someone who has nothing to do with the company or its products.


All of this is a very long-winded way of saying: Hey, what a neat idea; stair risers that are decorated to resemble book spines. Bet it could be DIY’d cheaper and better. And maybe less copyright-infringy.

The spines of favorite books could be scanned or simply re-created in your favorite image editing software (much easier than book covers, since the spines tend to mainly just be words and simple patterns). Most copy shops offer oversize printing, and many will print on vinyl as well as paper. Trim the printouts to fit the stair risers, glue or stick in place–if they’re printed on paper, you may also wish to seal them–and you’re done. (Peel-and-stick vinyl, incidentally, is a great choice for renters, since you can just peel the panels back off when you move.)

If you’re feeling more ambitious you can also paint the stairs, either freehand or using stencils for a more “printed” appearance. Paint them in uniform colors and fonts to resemble collected works (a burgundy-and-gold “Works of Shakespeare” staircase would be elegant and dramatic) or paint each riser a different color for a more eclectic library.

The nicest thing about making your own custom designs is that the choice of title is up to you: You could select books from a favorite author, or works that are particularly meaningful to you.

*Why they’re allowing user comments in their catalog is a question for the ages.

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Supercut: Bad Death Scenes

September 9th, 2013 by Cobwebs

Here’s a compilation of some of the most ridiculous death scenes of all time. NSFW-ish in spots.

(via Blame It On the Voices)

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Casper the Friendly Link Dump

September 6th, 2013 by Cobwebs

A Taste for Absinthe – Book of recipes for absinthe-based cocktails. There are six recipes from the book here. (Hat tip to xJane)

Haunted Mansion Wedding – Fantastically drool-worthy themed wedding.

Easy Raven Wreath – Lovely wreath made of dollar-store Halloween decorations.

Cakenweenie – To celebrate Tim Burton’s 55th birthday, 100 “Burtonesque Bakers” created astonishing themed cakes.

Beautifully Terrifying Spiders – These macrophotographs are gorgeous. (via Cat)

Scary Two-Sentence Stories – A recent Reddit post asked users, “What’s the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences?” There are 12 good ones at the link, and loads more on the Reddit thread.

Facehugger Shirt – This is the most winsome li’l facehugger you will see all day.

Silver Skull Ring – Nicely understated design. Good price, too.

Game of Thrones Fashion Closeups – Some of the costume details are ridiculously complicated.

Monsters of Legend – Midnight Syndicate’s newest album.

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Haunted Mansion Handbag

September 5th, 2013 by Cobwebs

HandbagI have never been particularly interested in high-end handbags, instead preferring cheap satchels I’m not afraid of scuffing. But this…this is tempting.

The Disney Parks blog just announced the release of a new Haunted Mansion-inspired handbag by Dooney & Bourke. The company worked with Disney artists to design the bag, which includes a grey-and-black exterior palette, a striking red interior, the iconic wallpaper pattern, and a hang tag featuring the attraction logo. The result has a marvelously spooky vibe, but it’s subtle enough that it wouldn’t raise eyebrows in more mundane settings.

The bag retails for $330 and will be available at locations in Disneyland and Walt Disney World on September 13. The announcement doesn’t indicate whether it will also be sold in non-US Disney parks, but apparently it will be available online “later this fall.”

(Hat tip to Nez)

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Temporary Tattoo Nails

September 4th, 2013 by Cobwebs

X-ray NailsI recently ran across these fantastic X-ray nails and tracked them back to Nailgasm. They’re done by printing the desired image on temporary tattoo paper and then transferring it to the nail. This is just a brilliant idea, and it opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities.

The site nas a step-by-step tutorial for creating the effect, along with some handy photos of how the transferred images look applied over different colors of nail polish. In addition to the X-rays, there’s also a set featuring the art of Francis Bacon which were worn to a gallery opening (an excellent use for them, methinks).

The blogger credits the original idea to the site More Nail Polish, which has a somewhat similar tutorial and lots more examples of the effects you can create. I particularly like the autumn leaves, purple dragon, and (most particularly) these adorable little ghosts. Search “tattoo” on the site for many more ideas.

This is just marvelous, because it means that if you’ve got access to image software and a color printer, you can put pretty much anything you want on your nails. For those of us without the artistic skills to hand-paint miniature images,* this is a huge help.

Incidentally, in addition to the temporary tattoo ideas, both sites have loads of other amazing nail art. Check out Nailgasm’s spiders and really outrageous armored nails, and More Nail Polish’s bats, witches, graveyard, and amazing 3-D spiders.

(Hat tip to WitchArachne)

*I, personally, have the artistic skills of Rembrandt. If he were hogtied and thrown in a bag of rabid weasels.

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Trivia Tuesday

September 3rd, 2013 by Cobwebs

(No prizes, but if you can answer them all without googling you get bragging rights.)

  1. Elizabeth Fraser was the vocalist for which band?
    A) All About Eve
    B) Lush
    C) Cocteau Twins
    D) My Bloody Valentine
    E) Black Tape For A Blue Girl
  2. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anya is afraid of what creatures?
  3. Which of these Hogwarts ghosts was killed by the basilisk?
    A) Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore
    B) Professor Binns
    C) Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington
    D) Wailing Widow
    E) Moaning Myrtle
  4. The gluttonous green ghost in Ghostbusters didn’t have a name in the original movie script, but acquired this name in the spin-off animated series and comic books.
  5. In Macbeth, which of these is NOT an ingredient mentioned in the witches’ song?
    A) Howlet’s wing
    B) Lizard’s leg
    C) Eye of newt
    D) Fur of cat
    E) Wool of bat
  6. Classic goth band Bauhaus had a huge hit with their premiere single “______’s Dead.”
  7. The Greek legend of Orpheus tells of his journey to the underworld to rescue his dead wife. What was her name?
    A) Eurydice
    B) Calliope
    C) Galatea
    D) Ariadne
    E) Leda
  8. Cassandra Peterson’s alter ego is this voluptuously vampy horror movie hostess.
  9. Count Dracula hails from Transylvania, a region of what modern-day country?
    A) Hungary
    B) Moldova
    C) Romania
    D) Serbia
    E) Bulgaria
  10. What is the name of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s pet cat?

(Answers below the fold)

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