The Art of Darkness

A Link Dump From Nowhere

July 26th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Making Manuscripts – The British Library’s YouTube channel has a series of videos detailing traditional methods of making writing-related items such as oak gall ink, vellum, and quills. (via tywkiwdbi)

Junk Journals – Interesting DIY for making “goblin” journals. (Edit: The fabulous pdq noted that the original link had gone south; updated to the Wayback Machine’s capture.)

MadmanOddities – Etsy shop full of weird, creepy sculptures. Check out the Siren Head sculpture by the same artist. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes – Just in case you can’t wait until autumn.

Women of Harry Potter – Great series of shorts that dig into the fictional backstories of various women in the Harry Potter books.

Wild Violet Cross Stitch – Lots of cute cross-stitch patterns, many with gothy themes.

“Haunted” Houses – Photos of gorgeous abandoned buildings. Someday I want to set up a consortium of like-minded goths to buy a place like this, restore it so it’s structurally sound but still decayed-looking, and turn it into a B&B. (Hat tip to pdq)

Spirellity – Custom plushies of things like slugs and toads, some cute sewing patterns, and assorted artwork.

Cuddle Bugs – These drawings of people and their giant insect pets are super cute.

Sexy Vampires – An amusing Key & Peele sketch. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Seen Online

July 23rd, 2019 by Cobwebs

There are two wolves inside you. One is Virginia Woolf. The other is Beowulf. You are an Introduction to English Literature syllabus.

Me: my dad left to get cigarettes 20 years ago
My dad: [opening door] I was doing side quests

my body is less of a “temple” and more of a rotting 19th century mansion rumored to be haunted by several wicked and vengeful spirits

Ladyhawke, except instead of being a hawk, Michelle Pfeiffer is a furious goose.
hayBEARS (The rest of the thread is pretty great too.)

Have found myself going “oh, there’s a nice piece of furniture” while watching What We Do In The Shadows and also Only Lovers Left Alive recently and I’m slowly coming to the realization that I have the interior decorating sense of a set dresser shopping for a vampire house

principal: we called your dad
me: fuck
principal: he didn’t answer
me: oh nice
principal: so we called your grandpa
me: but he’s been dead for years
principal: too bad
me: what’d he say
principal: grandpa’s comin
me: what
*a chill wind blows*
principal: grandpa’s comin

So I bought lemonade from these little girls’ lemonade stand and as I was leaving one of them yelled “You’re welcome for the lemonade and good luck fighting the dragon!” so now I’m slightly concerned about how the rest of my day is going to go

Food Network Gothic
• You must beat Bobby Flay. He could be anywhere. Under your bed, in your car, standing right behind your door. He’s biding his time. But when he reveals himself, you Must. Beat. Him.
• The Wontons, long forgotten, haunt your every waking moment. Sometimes you wake up at night to the faint sound of bubbling oil.
• Nobody really leaves Flavor Town.
• Iron Chef. Titanium Chef. Diamond Chef. Carbon Fiber Chef.
• In every dark space, you see the glowing outline of Alton Brown’s grin. You can’t tell what his intentions are.
• The Chairman somersaults through your dreams, cackling.

Concept: with the trend toward smaller family sizes in the modern era, certain prognostically significant genealogical configurations have gone from rare to practically nonexistent, to the point that incumbent destinies are increasingly obliged to take what they can get. So it is that our intrepid protagonist, as the only seventh daughter of a seventh daughter for several thousand miles in any direction, finds herself the simultaneous Chosen One of four unrelated and seemingly mutually exclusive prophesies.

[using Ouija board]
“yo Chad, can you hear us?”
“this is gonna take a while, Chad died in 1999.”

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A Link Dump of Mars

July 19th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Embroidered Monster Waistcoat – These twee little monsters could be similarly embroidered on other articles of clothing.

Live-Action Warhammer 40K TV Series – Frank Spotnitz, who adapted The Man in the High Castle for TV, is helming a live-action TV show based around the character of Gregor Eisenhorn.

Monstrum – YouTube series by PBS which explores monsters, myths, and legends. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

We Sang You As Ours – Intriguing short story about an eldritch mermaid’s coming of age.

Bat Garter Belt – Cute li’l googly-eyed stocking suspenders.

Caverna do Dragão – This Brazilian Renault ad brings the mid-80s cartoon Dungeons & Dragons to life, and it is sort of brilliant. (Hat tip to Bruno, who also mentioned the MeFi comment, “Generally I expect product placements in movies, not the other way around.”)

Cement Orb – DIY for a neat garden feature that looks like an ancient artifact.

Enchanted Knitting Needles – An interesting writing prompt and response.

Witch Babies – I like this explanation of where new witches come from.

Herb Graveyard – Not everyone has access to a laser cutter, but something similar to these cute li’l tombstone plant markers could be made by hand.

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A Link Dump Upon the Deep

July 12th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Mouse Amigurumi – Free crochet pattern for ridiculously cute tiny mice. Beware the thicket of “click here, no really” ad links. (via Spooky Moon)

Dracula – An amusing Tumblr thread.

Magical Moles’ Feet – Interesting article on the use of mole paws as magical amulets.

Dead and Rad – A roundup of War and Peas’ “Reaper” cartoons.

Lost Media Archive: Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre Halloween Film Strip – Those of us of a certain age will remember watching “filmstrips” in elementary school. This one is nostalgically spooky. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Gothic Halloween Nail Art – It even glows in the dark!

Amos and the Water Serpent – Illustrated story inspired by The Circus of Dr. Lao. (Also, if you haven’t read The Circus of Dr. Lao you definitely should go do that.)

Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide – Great ‘toon.

Goth at 40 – Article and MeFi commentary on “The enduring appeal of bleakness and black lipstick.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

How My Little Toddler Girl Conquered a Haunted Funhouse – This is hilarious.

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Link Dump to the Stars

July 5th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Sandman TV Series a Go at Netflix – Netflix will be adapting Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” work.

Frankenstein’s (Monster’s) Anatomy – An amusing Tumblr thread.

The Executioners Who Inherited Their Jobs – Interesting article about a family affair. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

#SixWordHorror – A thread of six-word horror stories.

Peaches the Mouse – Free tutorial for making a cute stuffed mousie friend.

Tooth Fairies – I love this artwork.

Heroic Bimbofication – This series of ‘toons about Greek heroes is marvelous.

Magic for Liars – A fantasy/detective noir novel by the excellent Sarah Gailey.

Anatomy Swimsuit – This swimsuit printed with internal organs is fantastic.

Halloween Party Invitation – This would be hard to scale up for a big party, but for a small gathering it’s a brilliant idea.

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