The Art of Darkness

It’s the Great Link Dump, Charlie Brown

October 31st, 2019 by Cobwebs

It’s Halloween! The best day of the year! Here’s a bonus link dump to celebrate.

Little VVomen – This Little Women/The Witch mashup is wonderful. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Halloween Treats – Amusing ‘toon.

Scaredy Cat – Sweet little comic about a curious kitten and a dark Halloween night. It’s available for purchase as a mini-book.

Halloween Project Archive – A great roundup from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.

Horror Inheritance Tropes – In an epic Twitter thread, Captain Awkward tells us how to survive creepy bequests by deceased relatives. (Since the tweet she’s responding to is from a private account, the OP is: “If there’s one thing I have learned from horror movies, it’s that if you have a sick family member who rings a handbell when they need something, you GOTTA throw it the hell out when they die or it will ring itself at terrifying intervals. Send it to a handbell rescue, whatever.”)

What Cannot Follow – A lovely little ghost story.

Witchcraft in Western Iceland – The Rough Guide to Everywhere podcast explores Icelandic folklore. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Flatwoods Monster – This is a pretty great homemade cryptid costume.

Hot Blood – A 70s vampire disco song. Which is a sentence I never expected to type. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Live-Tweeting The Lost Boys – N.K. Jemisin did a re-watch of the 80s classic and tweeted about it.

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The Day the Link Dump Stood Still

October 25th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Vincent Price – Price died on this date in 1993. @spookperson explains the many ways in which he was awesome.

Phantom Frappuccino – Starbucks is selling a limited-edition “spooky” beverage. PSA: Charcoal powder can interfere with the effectiveness of prescription drugs, including birth control pills.

Flaming Like Anything – An erotic Good Omens zine is currently taking submissions.

Click Clack the Rattle Bag – Unca Neil reads us a short story.

Zombie Popsicle Mold – I sincerely doubt that the real popsicles would look anywhere near this detailed, but the spine-and-ribcage popsicle sticks are dynamite. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Taking Shape: Developing Halloween From Script to Scream – Comprehensive book about the Halloween movie franchise. Bloody Disgusting discusses it here.

Canadian Gothic – “As an expat living in Canada, the more I live here, the more I’m convinced I’m actually stuck in some kind of cryptic horror nightmare country that’s subtly and slowly eating away at me.” An epic Twitter thread. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Happy Halloween – Sweetly spooky little ‘toon.

Haunted Mansion Scavenger Hunt – Cute party idea.

Dalí Tarot – I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that Dalí created a custom tarot deck, starring himself. A reprint of the deck is now available. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Alas, Link Dump

October 18th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Weird Tales from the 18th Century – A MetaFilter guide to what submitterator Bruno described as “Pre-Gothic Gothic.”

Halloween Drinks – Site full of Halloween-themed drinks and bottling ideas.

Stolen – Most cat lovers can probably relate to this ‘toon.

Boo-Meringues – I’m not sure if I’d have the patience to make these li’l meringue ghosts in any quantity, but they’re very cute. They can also be used as cake decorations.

Dracula: The Evidence – Kickstarter for an interesting “interactive experience” assemblage of items including letters, phonograph records, and newspaper clippings which tell the story of Dracula. (Hat tip to Bruno)

David Tennant Reads Vampire Stories – This man is trying to kill us.

1 like = 1 small American town and its annual harvest festival where strangers are definitely welcome – A Twitter thread of greatness.

Keys and Spectres – The Draw This in Your Style challenge gives artists the opportunity to experiment with a base image in their own drawing style. The image for this particular set is pleasantly creepy.

Don’t Turn On the Lights – “A familiar urban legend told several times over, and an investigation of stories and what slips between the cracks.”

Places of Residence for Accused Witches With Timeline – Cool interactive map of witch trials in Scotland. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Seen Online

October 15th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Bard: “What’s all this?”
Paladin: “The druid is in time-out.”
Bard: “What’d you do?”
Druid: “I was selling a gluten-free organic all-natural weight-loss thing.”
Bard: “And?”
Druid: “It was just hungry wolves. Lots of ’em.”

No one ever talks about how an oubliette implies the existence of a larger, and far more terrifying, oobly.

[job interview]
interviewer: so god killed all your kids?
job: that’s right

Zdzisław Beksiński: So first I’ll paint some happy little trees
Beksiński: maybe a little bush
Beksiński: now a crumbling gothic cathedral covered in a pulsing web of arteries
Beksiński: you know, whatever makes you happy

My housemates are convinced our house is haunted
I don’t get it. I’ve lived here for 273 years and not noticed anything strange.

The fandom surrounding Pennywise as a character feels really weird considering Pennywise does not exist whatsoever in-canon and is only one of many, many illusory avatars invented on the fly by the Deadlights to eat people with. Yall think you’re thirsty for a baby eating clown but really just want to bang an alien’s novelty chopstick collection.

every morning our cat moves her toys from the bedroom to the living room while screaming, and every night she moves them back, also while screaming. i don’t know the purpose of the ritual but it is the central pillar of my faith

WIZARD: demon I have summoned you to instruct me in the carnal arts
SUCCUBUS: *hands textbook* turn to page 23
SUCCUBUS: and that covers STDs, bringing us to protection. do you still have the ritual banana I gave you?
WIZARD: ☹️ yes

[Lord Byron after Percey Shelley died]
hey guys
you think maybe I could keep his skull?
just as a keepsake
not going to do anything weird with it like turn it into a goblet or something
oh these? yea ok yes these are my skull goblets, from a totally unrelated thing

i wish dwarves were real just because the folk metal they would produce would be completely unfathomable

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A Link Dump Grows in Brooklyn

October 11th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Squirming Mommy Munchers – One of Bogleech’s wonderful Weird Biology series, this one about caecilians.

BareBumShop – Etsy shop specializing in soap and bath bombs, many of them with spooky themes.

ao3 tags – A delightful Twitter account that logs interesting tags from Archive of Our Own works. I especially like, “non-consensual knife play, also known as stabbing,” “Slightly canon compliant if canon had a demon tossed into it,” and “let perry the platypus say fuck.”

Christmas with Krampus – Kickstarter for Krampus-themed wrapping paper, ornaments, and greeting cards.

The Fisher of Bones – Sarah Gailey’s novelette is available for free online.

Death of the Firstborn Egyptians – A cute animation and catchy tune about one of the Biblical plagues. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie, who finds the best stuff)

The Best Places Around the World to See Bats (by the Millions) – I am all in for bat tourism.

20 Years Later, and the Women of Angel Still Deserve More – “The deaths of Darla, Fred, and Cordelia Chase were a waste.” Damn straight, they were.

31 Days ‘Til Halloween – After a long absence, Dave Lowe is blogging again and is counting down the days to Halloween with spooky sketches.

Calamityware Now What? Series – Calamityware has a kickstarter for a new set of designs. (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Abbott & Costello Meet the Link Dump

October 4th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Nightmare Service Dogs – I love this sweet little illustration.

Modern Monster Mash – An update of the perennial favorite, with newer horror characters. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Chicken Familiar – A scholarly dissertation on which breed of chicken would make the best Therapy Chicken for a wizard.

Our Fake History – “A podcast about myths we think are history and history that might be hidden in myths!” (Hat tip to Bruno)

Short Story Suggestions – Horror writer Cassandra Khaw has a thread of recommended short stories, all of which are excellent.

Calaveras Mittens – Knitting pattern for great-looking skully mittens. I especially love the design on the thumbs.

Absinthe Thread – @spookperson tweets about her adventures in making homemade absinthe.

The God of War – A great response to a writing prompt.

Vampire Pumpkins – This ‘toon about a Serbian superstition puts The Great Pumpkin in a whole new light.

Hex the Patriarchy – Attractive T-shirt with an inspiring message. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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An Exaltation of Link Dumps

September 27th, 2019 by Cobwebs

TKC Cozy Pawz – Etsy shop specializing in pet costumes. I think the tarantula might be my favorite.

Spooky Hugs! – This short animation about a trick-or-treating ghost is almost disgustingly wholesome. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Graveyard – A cocktail I found when I was googling “the graveyard book” and hit the wrong autosuggest link. It sounds horrifying.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is on Netflix – And @vandroidhelsing does a short liveblog.

Halloween Treats and Dessert Recipes – A roundup of party sweets.

Houses with Chicken Legs – Adorable little ‘toon.

The Poirot Murders – An exercise in reframing Hercule Poirot as the actual murderer in his mysteries. (Hat tip to Bruno, who sent this link with the comment, “that rpg blog is at it again”)

The amount of times I could have been that white girl in the horror movie – This thread is hilarious.

I’m Engaged – This may be the best way to turn down pushy men who want a woman’s number that I’ve ever seen.

Greek Mythology – An amusing Tumblr collection. (The “kerberos” bit is wrong, but we’ll ignore that because it’s funny.)

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Blood and Link Dumps

September 20th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Good Omens Holiday Exchange – A Secret Santa-type exchange, where the gifts are fiction or artwork.

Human Choice Cuts – This “butcher’s guide” poster for how to do cannibalism right is delightful. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Pristine – A webcomic about tattoos.

BirdArtBulgaria – Etsy shop full of cosplay masks, helmets, and other goodies.

D1sarmon1a – Some gorgeous lipstick/lip art designs. I especially love the li’l bats.

Staked Heart Hand Pies – Cute idea for a Halloween party.

Shaun Keenan – This artist has created a series of “Dinosaurs of the Wild West” that are just wonderfully evocative. I especially like the undertaker’s “helper.” (The main link is to a Tumblr post about his work instead of his actual site because the site isn’t user-friendly.)

The Night – Toni “Hey Mickey” Basil performs in “cult vampire” film Rockula. I…don’t even know where to start with this. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Far Side Website is Updated – For the first time in over 20 years, Gary Larson’s site has been updated with new art and a “coming soon” message. Oh please, oh please….

Hellmouth – A crossover comic will bring Buffy and Angel back together.

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Seen Online

September 17th, 2019 by Cobwebs

If you have scissors for hands, you could probably just introduce yourself as Edward, and let people figure the rest out on their own

Just imagine if giraffe necks started out short and made the lightsaber-on sound when they extended them.

It’s only fanfic if it’s from the Fanfique region of France. Otherwise it’s just sparkling pornography.

If you encounter a goth in this hot weather DO NOT PICK THEM UP
Instead, put a couple of drops of patchouli oil in a teaspoon of water and leave a Bauhaus album next to them, and they should recover pretty quickly

According to Greek Mythology, Chiron was a half horse, half human doctor.
This made him the Centaur for Disease Control.

WCW = wine cellar wednesday
ILU = I love unnamed (narrators)
TFW = the floorboards? well
IANAL = I am not annabel lee
LOL = lover of lenore
STFU = sadly, the fall (of) usher
OMW = (an) orangutan murdered (the) women
NVM = nevermore

women are heartily tired of generic compliments. tell your girl “you’ll make a fine crime-solving old lady” and “how many princes have you slain, Baba Yaga” and “time will make corpses of us all and I think that’s hot.”

ME: So you see dead people?
GHOST THERAPIST: Those with insurance, yes.

i love coming home at the end of the day and untying the ribbon around my neck that holds my head on

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I Wandered Lonely As a Link Dump

September 13th, 2019 by Cobwebs

DrFaustusAU – This artist does amazing SF/horror art in the style of Dr. Seuss. I think If I Ran a Thuggee Cult might be my favorite.

BBC America Reveals Cast for The Watch – Casting has finally been announced for the first series of The Watch, based on the Discworld novels. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Skeleton Corpsing How-To – This nice DIY began with a skeleton/spider prop, but you could probably make your own from plastic skeleton parts.

Eye Pies – These little individual pies that stare back at you would be great as part of a Halloween party menu.

The Christmas Vampire – I heartily endorse this family tradition.

Skeleton Army – This sweet little ‘toon is just perfect.

Not a Mourning Person – Mug and spoon set featuring Disney’s Haunted Mansion gravedigger (and dog). The shovel-shaped spoon is delightful. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

John Grimshaw – Thread of fake “artifacts,” art, and general weirdness, including a really nice unicorn skull.

Here’s a Story About Changelings – Three sweet stories about non-neurotypical “fairies.”

Giant Edible Eyeballs – (Okay, technically, any eyeball is edible, but you know what I mean.) These are wonderfully squicky.

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