The Art of Darkness

Requiem for a Link Dump

October 19th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Casting Spells – Tutorial for making vintage-look tea stained table napkins printed with faux witches’ spells.

Polly Pocket Addams Family – This li’l custom-made playset is utterly adorable.

Blood Bag Party Cups – These food-safe “blood bag” containers are perfect for a Halloween party.

deathcap – “my therapist suggested I try exploring my anxieties in fiction rather than autobiography, so here is a depressed mushroom.” This series of ‘toons is delightful.

Animal X-rays – These X-rays from the Oregon Zoo look like art prints.

The Simpson’s Too Short Story – This Simpsons filler piece done in the style of Edward Gorey is splendid. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

#31skirtsofoctober – Instagrammer avintagevanity is making a different Halloweeny skirt every day in October.

STET – Part of the impact of Sarah Gailey’s chilling short story is in its brilliant formatting.

Florida Man as Lady Voldemort – Drag queen Florida Man dresses as “Lady Voldemort” to lipsync Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman.” Is a sentence I never thought I’d write. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Nightmare Before Dinner – Zach Neil, creator of Halloween-themed restaurant Beetle House, has written a cookbook. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Seen Online

October 16th, 2018 by Cobwebs

The reason sex with a vampire doesn’t usually result in pregnancy isn’t because their sperm is dead, it’s because the vampire can’t come inside without an invitation.

Thank you for coming to my HaunTED Talk.

alexandraerin

“I’m lonely,” she said, “do you have a potion for making friends?”
“Sure. Drink this,” the witch said.
“Tea?”
“Yep. What’s on your mind?”
ASmallFiction

I notice Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

A vampire bat’s stomach quickly absorbs all the water out of the blood it drinks, and they pee while feeding to offload it. So. That fog people associate with vampires is probably pee mist. Or they carry a change of pants.
Megiavelli

It’s the zombie apocalypse!

Most people are working on taking out zombies, finding shelter or escaping the city, but not your party.

You’ve got a bunch of spray-cans and it is your duty to spray ominious, cryptic graffiti everywhere to make sure that the ruins fully fit the genre.

probablybadrpgideas

hey, I just met Zeus
and this is crazy
but he’s a swan and
I’m having babies
roboticcrab

dr frankenstein: it’s alive
dr frankenstein: speak
monster: am i the product of peer reviewed research
dr frankenstein: uh
monster: do you have the paperwork with the sources of all my body parts
dr frankenstein: well no
monster: good god this lab is pile of osha violations
wawoodworth

It’s an open secret that all archaeologists, librarians, curators, book dealers and archivists are secret agents. When we say “out of the office”, we mean “screaming GIVE ME THE OTHER HALF OF THE AMULET to a rival whilst battling with them on the edge of a waterfall”
Sotherans

if you’re ever feeling alone just remember that aladdin’s best friends were a monkey and a rug
savittj

Potential pantheon of old ones for our D&D campaign, as named by the resident creepy child NPC:
Mr. Watches You In The Corner
Old Lady Spiders Inside
The Lumpy One
Nobody Is There
Just, Like, A Cat
The Fish With No Eyes
Forever Screaming With A Candle
Sharp Teddy
Mother Squish
alexandraerin

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Link Dump Descending a Staircase

October 12th, 2018 by Cobwebs

belovedlittlelamb – Etsy shop featuring unusual jewelry like earthworm bracelets and bird foot earrings.

Scorpion Chair – This chair by Vyacheslav Pakhomov is simply gorgeous.

Grim Grinning Ghosts – Nice arrangement of the Haunted Mansion theme. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Chicken – I love this behind-the-scenes look at Baba Yaga.

Who is Dead? – An interesting look at the historical difficulty of making sure somebody dead wasn’t really just mostly dead. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Corseted Leather Top Hat Tutorial – If you’re feeling ambitious, this DIY steampunk top hat is amazing.

Plush Beetles – @MothMonarch is going to order a case of adorable Japanese plush beetles if there’s enough interest.

British Museum Blog – The venerable museum’s blog is full of all kinds of neat stuff

Free Halloween Reads – Tor Books is sharing free horror fiction all month.

The History League – Faux-sports team T-shirts featuring logos based on interesting historical events. I especially like the headless-but-feisty “‘Divorcees’ of Henry VIII.”

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The Link Dump of J. Alfred Prufrock

October 5th, 2018 by Cobwebs

How to Plan a Costumed Event Yourself – Want to dress in 18th Century attire and picnic in a graveyard? How about a “Last Dinner on the Titanic” party? Trystan Bass has you covered.

The Positive Death Movement Comes to Life – A look at the people who actually are putting the “fun” in “funeral.” Bonus link with additional comments at MeFi. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Goddess, Worm – Cassandra Khaw considers the silkworm.

Audrey II Puppet – This puppet seen at Maker Faire New York is adorable.

Hold Me, I’m Scared – I would be oddly okay with this.

The Allure of Gothic Horror – A lovely look at the tropes that embody this genre.

Maya Monsters – Artist Monarobot makes and reimagines monsters inspired by Maya glyphs, aesthethic and mythology.

The Damned star Dave Vanian reveals he’s behind Welsh vampire myth – I’ve found a new hobby. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Halloweesus – This needlefelted, slightly Satanic weasel is weirdly adorable.

Humble RPG Book Bundle: Vampire The Masquerade – Humble Bundle is selling the Revised Edition RPG for cheap. (Hat tip to Bruno)

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