Sometimes British humor is a little bit meta. And sometimes British humor is a whoooooole bunch meta. And then there’s Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. It’s a horror parody series about a television show that never ran in the 1980s. The AV Club reviews it, saying:
Purporting to be the lost TV effort of “author, dream weaver, visionary, plus actor” Garth Marenghi (Matthew Holness), the series doesn’t just parody blowhard literary types like the one played by co-creator Holness—it riffs on the entire “brilliant but canceled” myth. The show-within-a-show structure of Darkplace presents a loser’s history of a lost “classic” that was lost for a reason.
It is glorious, and the whole season (plus DVD “extras”) is available on YouTube. Here’s the first episode:
(Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)
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23 Things Tumblr Has Thought About The Weasley Family – It’s clickbait, but it’s amusing clickbait.
Werewolf Licorice – I can’t vouch for the taste, but the packaging is pretty nifty. The company has a Witch Licorice too. (via Pixel Pixie)
Knitted Brain Hat – Pattern and tutorial for making a brainy hat. Perfect for attending the upcoming Science March in DC.
Is This the Most Awesome Library in the World? – The library at Mafra National Palace in Portugal keeps insects under control with a flock of bats.
Hyrax – I’ve talked about the hyrax–and its adorable li’l vampire fangs–previously, but I like this roundup of photos.
Agnieszka Osipa – Artist who makes gorgeous fairytale-inspired costumes. Marginally NSFW if your boss is uptight.
Beetle House NYC – There’s a Tim Burton-themed bar opening in New York.
Dial-a-Grue – This project to port Zork to work via rotary phone is delightfully bonkers.
Bat Robot Takes Wing – Bat bot!
Flick Candles – Offers scents like “Nicotine Pumpkin Patch,” “Freshly Signed Divorce Papers,” and “Grandma’s Last Christmas Tree.”
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The long-running blog Nothing To Do With Arbroath has always been a source of amusement and WTF-ery. Its owner, Kev, went on short hiatus last November complaining of health issues, then returned to post occasional updates about his battle with cancer. Today, Joanne from I Have Seen The Whole Of The Internet announced that Kev had passed. If you enjoyed Kev’s blog, tributes can be left here.
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You know, sometimes, late at night, in the dark, I ask myself: Am I REALLY that likely to be eaten by a grue?
“Wheeeeee!” – Glenn Danzig, riding an owl around a graveyard
“The princess dies. And then the people trying to save her die. Dragon guarding the castle? Dead”
– Bedtime at George R.R. Martin’s house
If someone dramatically says “don’t ask”, I like to loudly exclaim “phew, you don’t have to tell me twice, I really didn’t care”.
“Fuck it, just add a werewolf” – the 80’s.
When I die, I’d like my remains scattered along the beach.
That said, I do not want to be cremated.
When one door closes, lock it securely, along with all your other doors, before any inspirational quotes get in.
when space aliens arrive and ask us to take them to our leader we should take them to the zoo and show them a flamingo
The saddest movies are the ones where the awesome weird girl turns normal and everyone is bizarrely happy about it.
Back in my day they taught the five R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic, Rhience, and Rocial Rudies. My teacher was a Hanna-Barbera dog.
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Depicteur – Company which will turn a photo into an oil painting, including fantasy treatments that will make your housepet look particularly majestic.
#dinodinaseries – Photographer Jorge Saenz uses some plastic dinosaur friends in his travel photos, and the results are adorable and wholesome.
The Haunted Dollhouse – Interesting-sounding subscription service in which you build a dollhouse and solve puzzles to unveil a tale of horror.
Calvin and Hobbes Nursery Mural – This is a great mural in its own right, but the same wall-projector technique could be used with other, spookier images.
Horror Europa – A sequel to Mark Gatiss’ “A History of Horror” which explores European horror cinema. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)
Crispy, Crunchy, Crawly – Article (with recipes) discussing the tradition of eating bugs in Japan.
yo bro is it safe down there in the woods? yeah man it’s cool – Artist Tomislac Jagnjic has awesome titles for his artwork.
Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters – Neat coffee-table book about del Toro’s “Films, Notebooks, and Collections.”
Doc Martens Museum Collection – Docs decorated with classic paintings. I am heartbroken that the Bosch ones are sold out.
Mythical Beast Travel Posters – Retro-look travel posters which advertise the mythical creatures of various destinations. These are available as prints and are completely wonderful.
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New Bat Species Discovered – This pretty little bat has its own genus.
Collectable Hieronymus Bosch Figurines – Resin sculptures of details from various Bosch paintings. I…got nothin’. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)
The Dark Birds – Grim, fairytale-like short story by Ursula Vernon.
Sea Monster Moppe – Thrifted Ikea dresser gorgeously made over with vintage sea monster art and a woodburning tool.
Insect Embroideries – Lovely hand-embroidered beetles, bees, and other small critters.
Cuddling Bats – Cute photo of a pile of bats. “Scrunchy spelunkys” is my new favorite description of such a phenomenon.
Winter Tide – Novel which explores Lovecraft from the perspective of a citizen of Innsmouth.
Hogwarts Running Club – Organization which allows you to become a “member” of a Hogwarts house and run in events for charity.
Fairy Tale Fragments – Twitter feed which tweets evocative sentences that sound like something from fairy tales: “There once lived a swan maiden who had a glass coffin,” or “The bloody queen courted the wise old man.”
Your Daily Bat – Daily bat art and free bat facts!
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It’s time for another bunch of random stuff I want to share but can’t hang a whole post on. Some of them have no attribution, so if you happen to know the source for any of these please leave a note in the comments. (Click to view larger.)
These cute fairy-wing shoes are by Sophia Webster.
||Vampire Baby Onesie
Available from TeePublic, amongst other vendors.
I’ve featured Nez of DarkSpectre’s work previously. There are additional photos of this gown on her Facebook page.
||How Frankenstein Should Have Ended
God, yes. Tweeted by @zdarsky.
||Baby Spider Costume
I can’t find an original source–all roads lead to Pinterest–but this would be a fairly easy costume to DIY if you have a baby you don’t know what to do with.
My pal Empress Pam encountered this in the wild and sent me a photo. I assume it’d be popular for biker funerals.
This is a sculpture by Ed Kroupa, but I really want one as a pet.
This shows up a lot in compilations of funny “beware of dog” signs, but it would also be a great “beware of monster” prop. It’d be easy to DIY with foam board.
This is a sculpture by Scott Radke (whose site is annoying as hell to navigate). It’d be fun to do a similar Halloween decoration using baby dolls and felt.
This made me giggle. The pattern is available on Etsy.
Found by my pal Richard, who commented, “I’m not sure which I find more theologically disturbing: The idea of Squirrel vampires or that Squirrel Jesus was crucified.”
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Haunted Housework – T-shirt featuring adorable little ghosts spooking up their house.
Dark Crosses – Etsy shop specializing in gothy cross-stitch patterns.
Victorian Criminal Slang – An interesting lexicon.
Eat Your Heart Out, Sorting Hat – EPBOT has some custom Hogwarts House digital banners for use as profile pic frames on Facebook.
How to Tell If You’re in an Anne Rice Novel “1. God has abandoned you. You’re fine with it. Really.” (via Pixel Pixie)
EARrings – Silicon earrings that resemble human ears, in many different flesh tones. The same artist also makes rings shaped like a human finger.
I’m gonna be a vampire. Maybe. – The Bloggess receives spam. Followup posts here and here.
Badass Face Art – Some amazing effects, heavy on the skull imagery. (via Pensive)
Wee Free Men Heading to Cinemas – The Jim Henson Company will be helping to bring Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles to life. Crivens.
Deathbulge – This ‘toon amused me. (via Shellhawk)
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Stiffs – Come for the Lee Atwater Invitational Dead Pool, stay for the irreverent obituaries.
Neolithic “Spirit” Masks – Apparently the Stone Age featured Death Eaters.
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection – Currently free on Kindle. (As is the complete Conan the Barbarian.)
Christopher Lee Discusses Peter Cushing – Included in the interview are tidbits regarding Lee and Cushing’s shared fondness for Sylvester and Tweety Pie.
Dungheaps & Dragons – Where does all the effluvia in your standard D&D dungeon go? This RPG aims to find out. The basic idea is described here.
Spider Embroideries – Artist Adam Pritchett embroiders spiderwebs into holes in fabric, then adds spiders around the edges. This would be a brilliant way to fix a hole in a piece of clothing.
Stephen King’s Peanuts – Artist Hal Hefner created this great double homage to Charles Schulz and Stephen King.
JacobinCalendar – “The ORIGINAL twitter based French Revolutionary Calendar.” Accept no substitutes. (Bonjour! Today is Marl day in the Snowy month in the 225th year.)
Abbot & Hast – Publications and tchotchkes for funerary professionals. They sell cute little model hearses and lapel pins with legends like “Embalming Artistry Professional.”
Building the Ultimate Dungeon Master Screen – This DM screen made for a gamer gift exchange is gorgeous.
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How to Keep Your Guy From Removing the Neck Ribbon That Keeps Your Head Tied On – Don’t you hate when this happens?
Bruce Campbell Reality Show Now Casting – A horror-themed reality show hosted by Campbell is looking for horror fans to participate. (via Beth)
List of inventors killed by their own inventions – Wikipedia is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
Frankenstuffies – Etsy shop which sells chimeric abominations “lovingly re-assembled by hand from cleaned, recycled and, um, dismembered stuffed animals.”
Hiné Mizushima – Artist who creates felted mashups of flora and fauna, like the Venus Anttrap Beetle and the Florapede.
Skull Handbag – Neat glow-in-the-dark molded latex skull purse.
Wolf Meets Dog – This thoughtful cartoon casts dogs in a fairy-tale light.
7 Monsters That Bigfoot Hunters Are Too Scared to Believe In – A roundup of particularly unlikely-sounding cryptids.
Death Wish Coffee – Highly-caffeinated “extreme” coffee.
The Raven – The Library of Congress has a high-resolution scan of a rare edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” with gorgeous illustrations by Gustave Doré. (Note that there are several scans of blank pages, which can be a little confusing; the library aims to capture the physical book as closely as possible, which means including the blank pages.)
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