The Art of Darkness

Another Doggone Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

November 14th, 2014 by Cobwebs

This concludes the latest Mega-Link-Dump. Regular posting (and once-a-week link dumps) will return on Monday.

Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror – Biography of Maila Nurmi and the character she created. There’s a brief description of the book at BoingBoing.

Grump Notebooks – Notebooks entitled things like “Daily Disappointments” for the cranky person in your life.

Skull Tie-Dye Shirt – Tutorial for making a great-looking tie-dye skull.

My Little Cephalopod – Series of knitted squid themed like “My Little Pony.” Because why not.

Uncanny Furniture – When lit from a certain angle, this chair with an attractive leaf design throws a monstrous shadow.

Incredibly Rude Coasters – I need a set of these.

Mapsburgh – This artist sells hand-cut maps of real places drawn in the style of Tolkien. He’ll also do custom maps of any place in the world.

Why My Cat is Sad – Marvelous Twitter account detailing the various causes of cat sadness. I think this one is my favorite.

Dracula’s Bride – Gorgeous knitted shawl pattern from Ravelry.

Major to Minor – Chase Holfelder takes songs in a major (“happy-sounding”) key and transposes them to a minor (“sad-sounding”) key; the results are wonderful. As a bonus, here’s a fan-made “cover” of Type O Negative doing Britney Spears. (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Another Doggone Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

November 13th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Dr. Mütter’s Marvels – A biography of the man behind the wonderful Mütter Museum. There’s a description and excerpt at BoingBoing.

Tortured Candles – Super-easy idea for making creepy Hellraiser-esque candles.

Japanese Candy Bugs – The Red Tent Coffee Shop in Aomori Prefecture sells some amazingly lifelike grubs and caterpillars, complete with gooey filling.

Ghosts in the Machines – Collectors Weekly did a “deep dive” of Victorian Spiritualism. (Hat tip to Lisa)

Supper-Natural – The Tree Lobsters amuse me.

Edgar Allan Poe Candy – Grape flavor; comes packaged in a “book.” There’s also lemon-flavored Shakespeare candy.

13 Classic Scenes That Explain How Horror Movies Work – Interesting overview of techniques that directors use to make effective horror. (via Bruno)

The Bureau of Communication – Fill out detailed forms like “Statement of Gratitude” and “Acknowledgement of Occasion.”

Cerberus in a Can – Marvelous 3D-printed (and articulated!) skeletal Cerberus. It and several other cryptids-in-a-can are available on Etsy.

The Story of Dolores Jane Umbridge – J.K. Rowling wrote a short profile of Professor Umbridge for the Pottermore site.

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Another Doggone Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

November 12th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Calendar of Boring Men – This is one of those not-even-goth-adjacent links that just amuse me personally. The Dull Men’s Club has released a calendar featuring such worthies as the president (and founder) of the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society and a man who has spent 30 years collecting more than 20,000 milk bottles.

Paranormal Portraits – Use LEDs to give family photos glowing red eyes.

Rock On! – Instructions from Martha Stewart on “How to Throw a Punk Rock-Inspired Party” for kids “that won’t turn into a riot.” When I got to the “nosh pit” I facepalmed so hard that I combined phrenology with palmistry.

Janet Stephens – YouTube channel full of historical hairdressing tutorials based on archaeological research and primary sources. (via Jan)

Haunted Mansion Inspired Dress – Gorgeous Victorian-ish dress made with custom fabric. (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

Gummy Python – Eight feet long, 26 pounds, 36,000 calories. And $150.

Trilobite Beetles – I had no idea these awesome-looking bugs existed.

Broken Monsters – Novel by the author of The Shining Girls, which io9 describes as “gothic internet horror.”

DIY Spider Necklace – This is less a necklace and more a collar, but the method (puffy paint on tulle) is a great idea.

Edgar Allan Poe Lunchbox – I am heartbroken that I didn’t see this before Shadowboy started school this year.

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Another Doggone Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

November 11th, 2014 by Cobwebs

The Post-Punk / New Wave Super Friends – I think my favorite is Siouxsie Sioux as Wonder Woman.

Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection – UT Austin’s Ransom Center has digitized their Edgar Allan Poe collection and made it available online.

Tolga Bat Hospital – This Australian bat rescue has baby bats of lethal cuteness. (Hat tip to Kaitlin Michelle)

Beetle Display Kit – An amusing papercraft project from Tragedy Series.

Local Grandmother Quilts Giant Penises – After a successful Kickstarter, a sweet little old lady who used to work at a sex toy factory has created an art show entirely devoted to crafted penises. Penii. Whatever. You can’t make this stuff up. Anyway, sort of NSFW, but not as much as you might expect. (via Poopisan)

Coup – Card game described as delightfully vicious, set in a futuristic dystopia.

When the Veil Gets Thinner – deviantART user UnripeHamadryad (whose username I like) has a lovely take on Halloween.

The Art of the Obituary – Interview with Margalit Fox, who writes the obituaries for the New York Times.

Octopus Cuff Ring – This astonishing ring, featuring an enormous pearl, is made by Turkish jeweler Sevan Biçakçi

Question Bedtime – MC Frontalot’s spooky-ish nerdcore songs for kids based on fairy tales. You can see the video for the song “Shudders,” based on “The Boy Who Left Home to Learn What Fear Was,” here.

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Another Doggone Week of Link Dumps

November 10th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Of all of the superpowers I could have chosen, “Be a magnet for random crap on the internet” wasn’t really on the list. But here I am with an overflowing links folder. So you guys get another full week of link dumps.

Skull and Crossbones Tea Infuser – This is adorable.

The Penguin Book of Witches – Historical accounts of accused witches. The author discusses the book here.

The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Skeleton – Cute animated short exploring the problems with being a skeleton. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Crystal Web Necklace – Tutorial for making a collar-style spiderweb necklace.

Crypt of the Necrodancer – 8-bit rhythm game which amounts to “dance dance roguelike.”

Death Becomes Her – The NY Met’s Costume Institute has a new exhibit featuring “A Century of Mourning Attire.” The article includes a slideshow of some of the clothing.

Stag Beetle Bread – These surprisingly realistic beetle-shaped loaves wouldn’t be terribly hard to replicate.

Sourpuss – Lots of goth-friendly throw pillows, cookie jars, shower curtains, and other housewares.

Deathsplanation – An archaeologist working on her PhD has a site devoted to “death (and science).” If nothing else, check out her fantastic Plague Poster. (via WitchArachne)

Sugar Skull Bakers – A group of bakers and cake decorators did an amazing collection of Day of the Dead-themed edibles.

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Into the Link Dump

November 7th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Dark Galadriel – This method for creating “scale mail” armor with round sticker labels is brilliant.

Alessandro Gallo – Sculptor of marvelous human/animal hybrids, depicted in everyday situations. I like this insectoid creature, casually walking its crab.

Skull Toothpick Holder – Amusing “mohawk” toothpick holder. I concur with submitter xJane that it’d look even better if you used the picks with little colored tassels.

The Skulls of Human Kindness – Neat project from Skull-A-Day.

Caitlin Doughty AMA – The awesome mortician responsible for The Order of the Good Death did a Reddit AMA.

Night Terrors – This ‘toon isn’t funny so much as chillingly accurate.

Lovecraft – Kickstarter for a modern retelling of the Cthulhu Mythos which features Lovecraft “not as a writer but as a kick-ass action hero and alchemist.”

Kyla’s Favorite Halloween Fonts – Nice selection of free fonts for download. Part 2 is here.

Little Bat – Cute little finger-puppet book for small children. There’s also a Little Spider version.

Realistic Spider Prop – Unusual method for making realistic life-size spiders with melted paracord.

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Creepy Mannequin Lamp

November 6th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Mannequin LampGot a room you want to discourage people from hanging around in? Problem solved.

Kuwaiti designer Al Hamed has a whole line of “Embarakiya” floor lamps fashioned from life-size mannequins sporting lampshades where their heads should be. The dummies all wear traditional Kuwaiti dress, and the shades are made of matching material.

Here’s the best part: Each mannequin has a sensor in its hand, so you switch on the lamp by shaking hands with this abomination.

I cannot love this hard enough. The seated “woman” has such a lurking-ghost vibe about her that I believe I’d be more startled if she didn’t go for my throat.

It looks like retail mannequins run around $100, but if there’s a clothing store in your area which is remodeling or closing you might be able to pick up a used one cheaper (they’re also sometimes available on eBay). Wiring a lamp into the neck wouldn’t be terribly difficult, and if you didn’t want to go to the trouble of installing a switch in the hand you could just stick with the standard one near the bulb.

Dress it in the costume of your choice. Change its outfit periodically. And some night you may wake up to find it standing beside your bed…just before its light goes out.

(via Scary Jane)

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Seen Online

November 5th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Throw a baby badger so high that when it lands on your enemy it’s fully grown and very upset. You left town years ago. The perfect crime.

How much do my dead bfs ashes weigh? Enough to break the ice. I’m Stephanie.

If you think about it, a skeleton is chewing all your food.

Grown ups ask kids, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” because we’re looking for ideas.

SO TIRED of clapping happily when a kid takes more than 1 try to blow out birthday candles. His wish is screwed, why are we ignoring this

To me manslaughter sounds way worse than murder. They should change it to something like murder-whoopsie.

yes we still need feminism
the lack of female serial killers is no accident, women are discouraged from serial killing at a young age

Having a pet in the house is good. You can blame all suspicious sounds on it when your in bed. *BANG* What was that!?…it was just the fish

I wish TV shows were like sports: held a draft & traded actors mid-season. “AMC picks up Peter Dinklage to finish season six as Don Draper.”

For a quiet ride, buckle the empty seatbelt beside a child and tell them not to wake up the ghost.

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Trivia Tuesday

November 4th, 2014 by Cobwebs

  1. H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional town of Arkham has a prestigious university named after this river, which runs alongside it.
  2. This mathematician and astronomer had strong occult leanings, devoting much of his life to the study of magic, divination, and alchemy. He was a trusted advisor to Elizabeth I and used astrology to choose her coronation date.
    A) Nicolas Flamel
    B) Gerardus Mercator
    C) Albertus Magnus
    D) Edward Kelley
    E) John Dee
  3. Jonathan Swift’s satirical essay “A Modest Proposal” suggests that the poor people in this country should ease their economic woes by raising their children as food for the rich.
  4. In the novel Dracula, the Count comes to England aboard this ship.
    A) Demeter
    B) Lucia
    C) Czarina Catherine
    D) Daedalus
    E) Persephone
  5. In 1835 Edgar Allan Poe married a 13-year-old relative. What was her name? (For an extra point, what was their relationship?)
  6. The “Heaven’s Gate” cult committed mass suicide in anticipation of being uplifted to a UFO they believed to be hiding behind this comet.
    A) Halley
    B) Shoemaker–Levy 9
    C) Hyakutake
    D) Kohoutek
    E) Hale-Bopp
  7. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, what is the name of the vampire who sired Angel?
  8. Which of these is NOT a suit in a modern Tarot deck?
    A) Wands
    B) Skulls
    C) Swords
    D) Cups
    E) Coins
  9. The “Ghostly Trio” are uncles to what cartoon ghost?
  10. Many cryptid researchers claim that this legendary water-dwelling monster from Congo River basin folklore is really a relict dinosaur.
    A) Menehune
    B) Bunyip
    C) Mokele-mbembe
    D) Ogopogo
    E) Wolpertinger

(Answers below the fold)

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Chris Pine: Vampire Lawyer

November 3rd, 2014 by Cobwebs

Because why not.

(via The Mary Sue)

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