The Art of Darkness

Sex, Link Dumps, and Videotape

October 16th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Sandworm Mood Light – The Beetlejuice merch you didn’t know you needed. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Traces – Artist Valerie Hammond did a series of creepy mixed-media pieces featuring flowers and vines and ghostly hands.

Creatures of the Fae Playing Cards – Deck of standard cards with attractive hand-drawn illustrations.

Watermelon Shark – Instructions for carving a shark who will helpfully hold fruit salad in his maw.

Children of the Stones – A 10-part audio drama based on a spooky TV series of the same name.

Geeki Tikis – Makes pop-culture tiki mugs, including horror icons.

Elvira: Don’t Cancel Halloween – A music video of greatness. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Origin Story – Odd, melancholy little story about the last of the fairies, who works in a charnel house.

NMBC Tarot Deck – Novelty tarot deck with lovely illustrations. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

MousesHouses – Artist Maggie Rudy makes delightful little dioramas featuring mice and other animals.

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The Link Dump in the Willows

October 9th, 2020 by Cobwebs

11 Sinister Haunted House Stories for Fans of Shirley Jackson – A roundup.

Curator’s Crypt – The Poe Museum has a cool YouTube channel. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Read Spooky Stories for Kids – @Literature_Lady is working with a school to put together a read-aloud library for their online students. You can volunteer to video yourself reading a kid-friendly scary story.

Menagerie Wine Pourers – Bottle toppers which make it appear that the wine is pouring out of the figure’s mouth. Several spooky designs, including skulls and ghosts. You can see the zombie pourer in action here. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Bat Brooches – Lovely bat-themed vintage jewelry.

Emmitt and the Columbarium – A comic about the San Francisco Columbarium and the man who spent 26 years restoring it.

Live-Tweeting Frankenstein – The same person who did hilarious live-tweets of Dracula and Carmilla is back again.

Horror Novel Recommendations – A roundup

Star Trek: Generations Ending – This isn’t even faintly spooky, but it cracked me up.

The Halloween Shirt Company – Great vintage-look T-shirts with Halloween themes. This one is my favorite. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Seen Online

October 1st, 2020 by Cobwebs

the most unrealistic thing about the Girl with the Green Ribbon is that she wasn’t constantly untying the ribbon as a dare, to the delight and horror of her friends, at college parties
SketchesbyBoze

It’s not the most ethical move in the world, but in a pinch you can hand off a cursed object to basically any baby.
longwall26

I feel like I’m not getting the full experience of a gas station bathroom if I don’t cut and dye my hair and change my identity.
LizHackett

what’s the stupidest, most trivial thing you would do, if you had the ability to time travel without affecting history? personally, I would make T. S. Eliot watch Cats
underthenettle

<the invention of gryphons>
lion: we absolutely cannot tell your husband
eagle: I THINK HE’S GONNA FIGURE IT OUT, KEVIN
cavaticat

*walks into an antique store* i’d like to see your most evil items, please
generalgrievousdatingsim

My 9yo upon seeing David Bowie for the first time: “That’s a fancy vampire!”
lyzl

Teaching a writing class for under-10s:
Me: So, everyone, what does a story NEED?
Small boy: A character!
Small boy 2: A setting!
Small girl, a gleam in her eyes, in a near-whisper: REVENGE.
JacksonPearce

If you gaze long into the abyss, please wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. No more than six people are permitted to gaze into the same abyss, and different households must not gaze into each other’s abyss without first self-isolating for fourteen days.
thewritertype

tired of men telling a lady what she can and can’t do: “don’t wear lipstick” “don’t have opinions” “don’t fake your own disappearance to lure a policeman out to a remote isle where he will be burned in a wicker man”
SketchesbyBoze

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