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“Owlman” Prank

June 16th, 2014 by Cobwebs

As a child, Scottish filmmaker Lawrie Brewster was fascinated by the Owl Man, a Cornish cryptid who seems like a cross between the Moth Man and Slenderman. The Owl Man features in his new movie, Lord of Tears, and as a promotional stunt they dressed someone up in an Owl Man costume and sent him to lurk around a creepy, abandoned children’s hospital. “Urban explorers” venturing into the hospital to take photos or poke around found themselves confronted by the creature, and their reactions were caught by hidden cameras.

I’m trying to decide how I feel about this. On the one hand, if you’re wandering around an abandoned Victorian hospital it’s presumably with the intention of being mildly creeped out, and bingo! These people hit the jackpot.

On the other hand, I’m pretty sure that second guy is going to need therapy.

They’ve also done a couple of videos where the Owl Man shows up unexpected on ChatRoulette, here and here.

(via WitchArachne)

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The Blair Link Dump Project

June 13th, 2014 by Cobwebs

“Vampire” Pumps – Cute costume heels.

Monkey Brains Bowl – Sadly, you have to supply your own monkey brains. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Slow Motion Tattoo – Interesting slow-motion look at the process of tattooing.

Russian Optimism – Kickstarter for an illustrated book of Russian nursery rhymes (including their English translation). As the project creator says, with riotous understatement, “Russia has a very dark culture.”

The Might of Cthulhu – This made me giggle.

The Stinky Candle Company – If you’ve ever wanted a scented candle that smells like onion or car exhaust or urine (that one’s called “Rest Stop”), this is the place.

Drowned Doll – Unusual ear plugs featuring small porcelain doll parts “drowned” in resin. This pair has been sold, but the concept seems DIY-able.

Schadenfreezers – Popsicles with depressing “jokes” on the stick. It’s a fake product created by a couple of advertising guys for their own amusement.

Ear Worms – Ear buds that look like cheerful little worms crawling out of your ears.

Fordite – This isn’t particularly goth, it’s just really neat. Fordite, or “Detroit Agate” looks like a mineral, but it’s the product of layered spray-painting.

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Bass Dogs

June 12th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Bass DogThis is the sort of thing that I would normally just toss in a link dump, but Jay Bentley determinedly playing a corgi needs a wider audience.

After noticing that “bass players who use their fingers as opposed to a pick look like they’re tickling hairy dogs,” Michael M decided to make that connection more obvious with poorly-photoshopped dogs. Thus began Bass Dogs, and it is glorious.

He accepts submissions, but only if they’re photoshopped; he’s quite adamant that no one should attempt to play a real dog like a bass. He apparently will also do requests if you send him a photo, although he says he has a bit of a backlog. (And yes, he knows that the photoshopping is bad; according to his FAQ, he likes that bit the best.)

The dogs are often appropriately-costumed, such as the bee-suited dachshund being played by Sting. The blog will also occasionally branch out with things like piano sharks.

The whole thing is really deeply surreal and also deeply wonderful. I may never be able to look at a bassist again without giggling.

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Unicorn Barf

June 11th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Unicorn BarfI am 100% on board with this idea, although possibly not with the execution.

Following in the footsteps of the splendid unicorn poop cookies comes unicorn barf marshmallow treats. Instructables user Danger is my middle name discovered that the brightly-colored marshmallows used in breakfast cereals like Lucky Charms can be purchased in bulk, and used them to make what are essentially Rice Krispie treats without the Rice Krispies: The crunchy marshmallows are bound together with regular melted marshmallows to make one big wad of (admittedly festive-looking) marshmallow…stuff.

That’s where I take issue with the execution, since they’ve got to be so overwhelmingly sweet they make my teeth ache just thinking about it.

Fortunately, I think there might be a couple of other ways to achieve the same general idea which are still sweet, but not quite “mainlining corn syrup” sweet.

When I first glanced at the photos in the instructions, I thought that they were regular Rice Krispie treats, but with miniature colored marshmallows being used in place of regular white marshmallows as the binding agent. You’d have to be careful to not fully melt the marshmallows, since then they’d just homogenize into a sort of grey goo, but if you dumped in the puffed rice just as they were getting stringy, you ought to wind up with swirled colors.

The other, easier, way would be to use regular marshmallows and replace the Rice Krispies with colored cereal like Fruity Pebbles or Trix.* That would get you the same technicolor contents without quite as much sugar.

As a last resort, I guess you could also make regular Rice Krispie treats and then swirl in a few dabs of gel food coloring to get unevenly-colored patches. The mixture tends to be stiff and hard to work with, though, so I’m not dead sure how that would work out.

Rather than pouring the result into a pan and then cutting it into squares when cool, I’d suggest dropping them in individual mounds on parchment paper so they look a little more barf-like. You might also use slightly less cereal than the recipe calls for so the result is a little gooier.

However you do it, these would be a fun addition to a party buffet, especially if paired with the poop cookies. One or two pieces in cellophane bags would be fun party favors, and you could layer a bunch in a tin as a gift. Who wouldn’t want to receive a package of magical unicorn barf?

*Overseas readers, sorry about the US-centric cereal brands. If you don’t have these specific varieties, hopefully you can find something similar. (I just found out that Rice Krispies are called Rice Bubbles in Australia, so that’s neat.)

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“Shining” Bath Decor

June 10th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Shining Bath

Check out this great, reasonably low-effort bathroom makeover inspired by The Shining. It seems to be the work of somebody who goes by the handle “Beta Man;” I found a couple of places where he posts additional pictures of the room and requests suggestions for accessories (like the bloody-footprint bathmat shown in the first link).

The execution (so to speak) could hardly be simpler: The words are just stenciled all over the walls, and the towel rack is a hardware-store axe mounted on a couple of wall brackets. I would probably have the axe head ground down so it no longer held an edge, and would also make sure it was secured to the brackets so there was no way it could be bumped off of its mounts; even blunted, an axe falling on your bare foot would be less than hilarious.

And, of course, there are plenty of blood-themed bathroom accessories to complete the look. In addition to the pictured bath mat, there are shower curtains, mirror decals, and even shower gel.

If you wanted to go all-out, you could even add painted “blood spatters” to the sink, toilet, bathtub, and tiled floor; there are numerous tutorials for painting porcelain fixtures, such as this one. (Obviously, this is not such a hot idea if you rent. The wall stencils can be easily painted over; the painted porcelain, not so much.)

The “all work and no play” message is really effective scrawled all over the small space, especially since it’d be reflected in all of the mirrors as well. The painting could easily be done in the space of a weekend, and would certainly make an impact (especially in a guest bathroom).

(Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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David Lynch’s Return of the Jedi

June 9th, 2014 by Cobwebs

It’s long been known in fannish circles that when George Lucas was looking for a director to helm Return of the Jedi, David Lynch was one of the choices he considered.* There’s been occasional speculation about what a Lynchian take on the movie would have looked like–I’d have watched for the Ewok scenes alone–and finally someone has answered that question with a faux trailer.

(via BoingBoing)

*David Cronenberg was another one. George Lucas apparently had a very odd vision of what Jedi should be like.

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Beyond the Blue Link Dump

June 6th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Printable Bottle Labels – Free, downloadable vintage labels, done as fillable PDF templates so you can add your own text. There’s a set of round ones too. (Hat tip to Cookie)

Little Maddie – Kickstarter to create a very Cthulhoid My Little Pony figurine.

How to Make Magic – Back in the 70s somebody wrote an occult handbook for children. The 70s were completely batshit. (Hat tip to WitchArachne)

Little Villains – Art prints depicting Disney villains as adorable toddlers. I love Maleficent playing dress-up with her crow.

Anatomical Model Sleeping Bag – Sleep inside your insides. (via Pixel Pixie)

Plush Mrs. Bates – Mezco, which also manufactures the Living Dead Dolls line, has a new plush doll of Norman’s mummified mom.

Tarantula Best in Show Winner – There’s a Crufts-like show for tarantulas. That is utterly wonderful. (Hat tip to pdq)

Release the Kraken – Neat bathroom makeover which includes stenciled tentacles. Everything is better with stenciled tentacles.

Mortui Vivos Docent – Pathologists’ Assistant Nicole Angemi maintains a blog about pathology and autopsy. She also has an Instagram account (Warning: NSFW due to the very graphic nature of the photos) full of autopsy photos and other interesting anatomical stuff. (Hat tip to Jessica)

Medusa – Dead Spider made a splendid Medusa costume for the West Coast Haunters Convention.

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Octopus Hairpiece

June 5th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Octopus HairpieceThis blog really needs a “Squee” tag.

deviantART member deeed didn’t think that her costume was sufficiently intricate to stand out at a recent Steampunk Ball, so she accessorized with a splendid wig-and-octopus confection. The li’l octopus, complete with appropriate gear detailing, just looks so darn happy to be perched on her head.

She’s posted some work-in-progress photos and build details here. The octopus is formed over a shell she made from a styrofoam ball built out with expanding foam. The pumpkin-colored wefts (as well as the base wig) are from Ardra (which has got some really nice-looking, fairly inexpensive, wigs and wefts; be sure to browse around). I particularly love the photo of the octopus’ tentacles done up in curlers.

This is a brilliant idea, and in addition to the obvious Cthulhu angle I could see the same general shape being easily morphed into a spider for a gothier look. Wear a simple cobweb-patterned dress (or suitcoat; I see no reason why men can’t wear big spiders on their head) and you’d have a really striking costume.

I’d have trouble saving something this awesome for special occasions and wind up wearing it to the grocery store.

(Hat tip to Cookie)

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Martha Stewart Looking for “Monster-Makers and Fairy-Fabricators”

June 4th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Martha StewartMartha Stewart is looking for students and/or recent grads for “a special opportunity to help create Martha’s 2014 Halloween costume.”

Do you love Halloween? Do you have the creative vision, design, and production skills to make a costume for Martha to rival her best? If you’re a current student or recent graduate in art, costume design, fashion design, or a related field, and you think you’ve got what it takes, we want to hear from you.

There really aren’t any details beyond that blurb, and there’s a catch in the fine print at the bottom: “If you are selected, you must be willing to travel to New York City for several days (which may be nonconsecutive) in the months of July and/or August (as scheduled by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia), at your own expense.”

However, if travel to New York isn’t a problem–you could work it into a vacation, if you’re from out of town–this could be a really interesting opportunity. It would certainly look good on a resume.

The sign-up form is here. To give you an idea of what she’s looking for, a gallery of costumes she’s showcased in the past is here. In general she features costumes made with materials that aren’t difficult or expensive to acquire, and which don’t require advanced skills to put together; they are, after all, intended to be DIY-able by her audience.

If you meet the criteria and can conjure a costume from common materials, this is definitely worth checking out. There’s no deadline listed on the form, but from the legal wording it looks like things will kick off on July 18, so presumably they’ll cut off registration at least a couple of weeks before that date to decide on a winner. Best to sign up ASAP.

(via Cult of the Great Pumpkin)

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Trivia Tuesday

June 3rd, 2014 by Cobwebs

  1. In Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland the hookah-smoking Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman) has a name. What is it?
    A) Nivens
    B) Mallymkun
    C) Absolem
    D) Thackery
    E) Uilleam
  2. In what war was the Headless Horseman reputed to have lost his head?
  3. Bela Lugosi died whilst filming Plan 9 from Outer Space. To replace him, Ed Wood hired his wife’s:
    A) Dentist
    B) Accountant
    C) Chiropractor
    D) Psychiatrist
    E) Gynecologist
  4. Hybrid human/marine creatures are common in this Lovecraftian Massachusetts town, where the primary religion requires interbreeding with Deep Ones.
  5. The lopsided moose (one antler up/one down) mounted over the fireplace in the Addams Family’s mansion has a name. What is it?
    A) Chauncy
    B) Rudolph
    C) Alphonse
    D) Buttercup
    E) Pierre
  6. In Labyrinth, the Goblin King instructs Hoggle to give Sarah a piece of enchanted fruit. What kind of fruit is it?
  7. Saying that everybody should be able to make some music, the irrepressible Maude gives Harold this instrument in Harold and Maude.
    A) Trombone
    B) Flute
    C) Banjo
    D) Tambourine
    E) Guitar
  8. Shakespeare’s Macbeth takes place primarily in what country?
  9. Horror movies frequently win Academy Awards for things like music or visual effects; only one horror movie has ever won an Oscar for Best Picture. Was it:
    A) The Exorcist
    B) Jaws
    C) The Omen
    D) Rosemary’s Baby
    E) The Silence of the Lambs
  10. Kyle MacLachlan played special agent Dale Cooper investigating the death of Laura Palmer in this peculiar TV series.

(Answers below the fold)

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