The Art of Darkness

The Lion, the Witch, and the Link Dump

October 13th, 2017 by Cobwebs

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – I somehow completely missed the fact that there was a remake of this, starring Doug Jones as Cesare. Jones also plays Count Orlok in an upcoming remake of Nosferatu.

Charlotte Dower, Monster Under Her Bed – This response to a writing prompt is wonderful.

Dead Friends – Sweetly macabre animated short. (Hat tip to DeVries)

My friend told me a story he hadn’t told anyone for years. – Neil Gaiman relates a story.

The Little Vampires – Odd little webcomic. (via WitchArachne)

Hipster Nativity Set – I have no words.

Dethskulpt – Super-creepy handmade ceramic mugs. (via Spooky Moon)

Whores of Yore – NSFW Twitter account celebrating vintage “jilts, cracks, prostitutes, nightwalkers, whores, she-friends, kind women & others of the linnen-lifting tribe.”

Stranger Things: The Game – Neat 8-bit game based on the series.

AnnaSiivonen – Etsy shop specializing in interesting metal jewelry, including neat spider earrings.

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The Link Dump of the Rising Sun

October 6th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Something True – Podcast which explores “incredible and bizarre true stories from the footnotes of history.” The one about the rocket scientist who was fired for his obsession with the occult is pretty great. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Vampire Mom – This illustration is weirdly sweet.

A New “Hocus Pocus” Movie Is Officially In Development – It’s being developed for the Disney Channel instead of theatrical release. Still, neat.

Pool Noodle Vine Arch – Tutorial for a great-looking Halloween yard prop.

Jaguar Hearse – I’ve always loved the modified Jaguar from Harold and Maude, so it’s nice to see this reproduction.

Tiny Lizard Dragon – This li’l penny-hoarder is the cutest. (The art is by Iguanamouth and I would link directly to her site but I loathe her Tumblr theme to distraction and thus you get a reblog instead.)

tender d&d – Twitter bot which provides “nice and gentle D&D characters.” For example, “Cecil, the tiefling cleric born into a family of hamster breeders.”

Little Soaps of Horrors – Etsy shop full of very cool handmade soap. (Hat tip to pdq)

Hieronymus Bob – This made me giggle.

Let’s Sacrifice Toby – Some splendid retro-look T-shirt designs that look like a cross between Stephen King and a Little Golden Book.

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Seen Online

October 4th, 2017 by Cobwebs

The dinosaurs didnt “rule the earth” they were just alive stop giving them credit for administrative skills they almost certainly didnt have

First they came for the quantum physicists, but the quantum physicists hadn’t arrived, but also had left already, because fuck linear time.

Feeling sick? Ask:
Have I eaten?
Am I dehydrated?
Change in caffeine intake?
Cursed by a nymph after insulting a tree?
Picked wrong goblet?

I’d like to think I have an adventurous spirit, but I probably would have climbed into the Narnia wardrobe and taken a nap on those coats.

[Antiques Roadshow]
When this was first painted, the wolves were much further in the background. I would sell it before they reach the frame

When you die, a carny helps you out of your human body, waits to see if you’re going to throw up, then asks if you want to go again.

Bringing an octopus to a gun fight buys you at least 10 additional seconds while your opponent stands there going “…octopus…”

As an Australian it’s weird seeing Americans talk about some “Elf on the Shelf”. Do you not have the Christmas Spider or what

Be afraid. But don’t be very afraid. Not yet. Everything could get much worse, and you’ll have peaked too early.

Girls don’t want just any pockets. They want INDUSTRIAL POCKETS to fill with cake, nice rocks, pirate weapons, and a baby dragon they found.

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It’s Secret Pumpkin Time Again!

October 2nd, 2017 by Cobwebs

Secret Pumpkin Logo

The Secret Pumpkin gift exchange was conceived as a way to soothe those spooky souls pining for October by sending them a little Halloween in April. It’s similar to a Secret Santa exchange but the gifts are supposed to be spooky in nature; you can read my previous description and details here.

And now it’s time to open up registration for next April’s exchange! If you’d like to participate, go to the Secret Pumpkin site:

1) If you did not participate last year, click the “Join” link and fill out the form.

2) If you DID participate last year, log in, click the “Update Profile” link and change the “Activate My Membership” option to Yes.

(Just in case it isn’t clear–folks have been confused in the past–I’m the person who manages the site, so you aren’t blindly submitting your mailing address to some anonymous stranger. You’re blindly submitting your mailing info to a well-known stranger.)

I’d previously suggested that participants should join one of the two Halloween listservs which originally spawned the exchange, but they’ve withered away so much that they may actually be defunct; instead I send occasional reminders directly to the participants.

You can sign up even if you aren’t in the U.S., and if you encourage friends from the same country to participate you don’t have to worry about exorbitant shipping. My script matches people in the same country preferentially, and at the end of the signup period I’ll let you know if you’re the only one in your country so you can decide whether or not to participate.

The deadline for signups is October 15. All that I ask is please, PLEASE don’t sign up for the exchange unless you’re serious about following through. We occasionally have participants flake out, and their Pumpkins are always sorely disappointed.

C’mon and join! It’s lots of fun, and getting something unexpectedly Halloweeny in April is a treat.

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The Clue of the Broken Link Dump

September 29th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Trick or Treat Giveaway 2017 – Halloween Artist Bazaar is holding an art basket giveaway.

Mythology Bot – Twitter bot which tweets fragments of the Motif-index of folk-literature. It’s kind of a surreal feed, but it might be handy for D&D inspiration.

Terry Gilliam’s Lost Animations from Monty Python and the Holy Grail Are Now Online – The official Python YouTube channel is sharing animations that didn’t make it into the movie.

Silvia Wild Creations – Etsy shop featuring cute little needle-felted creatures, including a bunch of adorable spiders.

Simpsons Coraline Parody – Neil Gaiman will be lending his voice to this year’s Simpsons Treehouse of Horror.

Morticia Gloves – Free crochet pattern for some pretty spiderweb gloves.

Nessie on the Net – Livestreams from cameras at Loch Ness. You can use your coffee break to try to catch a glimpse of Nessie, and even if you don’t succeed it’s fun to watch the sheep.

Metallic Skull Candle – These taper candles are attractive.

LOTR Drug Wars – Twitter thread espousing an interesting fan theory.

Vampire Bat Wipertag – This fits over a car’s rear windshield wiper and makes it look like the bat is flitting back and forth. The company offers several other Halloween-related tags.

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The Link Dump of Shadow Ranch

September 22nd, 2017 by Cobwebs

Free Haunt Soundtrack – Sam Haynes is giving away free copies of their album “Ghost Stories” until October 1.

Creepy Paranormal Documentaries That Will Make You Question Everything – Well, probably not everything.

The Glow – This “Jack O’ Lantern Experience” has locations in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Nashville. (Hat tip to Cat)

Valhalla Vigor – Norse/Viking jewelry and accessories. These raven skull hair bands are neat.

Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in “Halloween” Finale – Curtis is reprising her role as Laurie Strode in what Universal is calling the last film in the franchise. I somehow doubt that last bit.

Spider Paws – Some spiders have kittenlike paws and they are adorable.

Bad D&D Plot Hooks – Amusing Twitter account. “The search for a fabled talking skull comes to a confusing conclusion when a sage tells the PCs, in one sense, they all have talking skulls.”

All That is Left – Ned Flanders-themed band Okilly Dokilly performs a “Heavy Nedal” song inspired by a Simpsons storyline and I don’t even know what’s real any more. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Batsies – Absurdly cute drawings of a li’l pink bat. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

This and Nothing More – Kickstarter for an edition of works by Edgar Allan Poe illuminated by Matt Hughes, “who blends Gothic and Art Nouveau styles for haunting illustrations.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie, who finds awesome stuff and occasionally throws it all at me at once)

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The Secret of the Old Link Dump

September 15th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Taxidermy Automata Art – I suspect that this Kickstarter isn’t going to reach its goal, but it’s a neat idea anyway. (Hat tip to Cat)

Astromythology – New album by The Crüxshadows.

Hallowedding 2017 – Six Flags St. Louis is looking for couples to marry on Friday, October 13.

Goth Beauty Icons – A roundup.

Voynich Manuscript: The Solution – Someone claims to have deciphered the mysterious Voynich Manuscript. However, experts are dubious. (Also Maria DahvanaHeadley once dressed as the manuscript for Halloween, which is awesome.)

Bat’ll Do – This bat-print shift dress is adorable.

Koi Division – There’s a fish-themed Joy Division cover band because of course there is.

Arthur Jermyn – Amusing Twitter thread.

The Last Surviving Sea Silk Seamstress – This is amazing and wonderful and sad.

Ravenwood Castle – Medieval-themed inn in Ohio. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

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Holding Out for a Link Dump

September 8th, 2017 by Cobwebs

25 Easy Day of the Dead DIY Projects – There are some cute craft ideas here.

The Longest Night Masque – Charity masquerade ball based on the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey.

Finally, a Horror Board Game Where You Are the Monster Killing the Obnoxious Teens – Kotaku reviews the horror board game Monster Slaughter.

Facts About Christopher Lee – This Tumblr thread is glorious.

Here Be Cats – @minikitty wrote up a D&D campaign for a friend to explain how to take care of her cats while she was away. Her Twitter thread even includes a downloadable form that you can customize yourself.

Elvira Just Launched Her Own Clothing Line – The designs are described as “cleavage-flaunting.”

ApocolypseMeows – Etsy shop full of spooky-themed catnip toys. (via Spooky Moon)

30 Books to Read If You Love Game of Thrones – If you’re getting twitchy from withdrawal, this roundup may help.

Lost Souls Skull Shawl – This free crochet pattern is lovely. (Hat tip to Kathy)

Toad Words – Evocative fairy tale-esque short story by Ursula Vernon.

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The Link Dump at Lilac Inn

September 1st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Mysteries of the Superstition Mountains – A look at some of the mysteries associated with the range, including the Lost Dutchman Mine.

Killer Fashion – A book of “Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout History.”

Skull and Raven – This little ‘toon is oddly winsome.

Game of Thrones IKEA Hack – Turning IKEA shearling rugs into GoT capes.

I’m a Falconer – An interesting, personal look at the sport of falconry.

Horror Manga – This made me giggle.

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Reenactment video of a wealthy English woman dressing for the day. This looks exhausting.

Dungeons & Dragons Promises to Make Its Adventures More Queer – D&D is formally heading toward more inclusivity. That’s refreshing.

“Victorian Modern” Style – The new hotness in interior decorating is something goths have been doing for years.

Dollhouse Death Scenes are Being Refurbished for Smithsonian Exhibit – The Nutshell Studies are going to be exhibited at the Smithsonian.

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Seen Online

August 22nd, 2017 by Cobwebs

Alligators can live up to 100 years, which is why there’s an increased chance that they will see you later.

I want my house to be tidy enough so that if someone drops by unexpectedly it doesn’t look like we’re six days into battling a poltergeist.

I don’t have a resting bitch face. My bitch face is always on duty, ever vigilant. My bitch face will rest when its work is done.

if i die on a hill it’s gonna be the bottom of that hill. i’m not climbing up a hill to die

God: you may ask me 1 question
Me: Why aren’t there lowercase and uppercase numbers?
God: what?
Me: I wanna write loud numbers

As your goth financial advisor I urge you to bury all of your possessions & then on your death bed whisper their location to a stranger.

I know that “rainbow bridge” thing people say when a pet dies originated in a poem, but I can’t help but think, “Mittens went to Asgard.”

“Dad where do babies come from?”
“Son, when birds & bees mate, they make us afterward. We’re birdbees, son. Abominations. And we’re hunted.”

why did everyone play the recorder in fourth grade what were they training us for

I feel like I missed an amazing opportunity to make my wedding registry be only haunted dolls.

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