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The Link Dump Over Innsmouth

July 17th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire – YA book about a teenage vampire doomed to be 15 forever.

Look Behind You – Fun Halloween song by The Gaslight Troubadours. (Hat tip to pdq)

Final Girls – Web-based conversation game which imagines a group therapy session for Final Girls from various popular horror movies. (Their therapist is “Ellen,” who may look oddly familiar.)

ABCDisgusting – Kickstarter for a children’s alphabet book about gross things, from the same group who did “The Princess Who Saved Herself.”

Tattoos Inspired by Books – Each photo is captioned with a short description of why the owner chose that particular illustration or quote.

Walker StalkerWalking Dead-themed cruise scheduled for next January, with several actors from the series attending. The ship has no scheduled stop at Haiti, which seems like a terrible missed opportunity.

Made From History – Neat educational site devoted to making history more accessible. You can browse short articles on the Roman diet, Dark Age funerals, and propaganda posters from the Spanish Civil War. There are also sister sites devoted to science and media.

Period Thoughts – Tumblr discussion which started out about maxi-pad design and ended as a comic pitch that I would totally read.

Pinterest, You Are Drunk – Some things should remain unpinned.

Kay’s Fudge – This is one of the most useful epitaphs I’ve ever seen. (Hat tip to xJane, and special mention of Cat’s comment, “And look, right there is a marble slab.”)

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Skull Clock

July 16th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Skull ClockJ. Oswald was a German company which started making novelty clocks in the mid-1920s. Their most popular models were clocks with rotating eyeballs, one eye displaying the hours and the other the minutes.

They had a number of designs, including dogs, genies, and apes, but their cross-eyed skulls are particularly awesome. You can occasionally find original Oswald clocks on eBay (the ones in good shape run around $1,000US), and there have also been a few knockoffs from other companies. However, there are several ways you could DIY something similar.

There’s a short Instructables guide for installing a watch face in a plastic prop skull; just install one in the other eye too. After setting the correct time on both, remove the minute hand from the one on the left and the hour hand from the one on the right. A bit crude, but it’d work.

A larger version could be made by stenciling a skull on a wall and using two round wall clocks for eyes. Remove the hour/minute hands as above, and cut a circular piece of thin black acrylic to fit over the remaining clock hands (see the eyeball clock sold by SUCK UK to see how to position them). That would give you the true rotating-googly-eyes effect but would still be fairly straightforward to do.

If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, pick up a couple of small clock movements from your local craft store, insert them in the eye sockets of a plastic skull, and use small plastic hemispheres (perhaps a ping pong ball cut in half, depending on the skull size) to represent the eyes. Paint on pupils for the hour/minute markers. Be sure to fit the movements in so that you can change the batteries as necessary.

(via Shellhawk’s Nest)

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Even More Stuff I Found While Looking Around

July 15th, 2015 by Cobwebs

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.)

Vintage Halloween Vest

Halloween Vest

This is a secondhand vest described on The Rusty Zipper as “ugly” by someone who obviously meant to type “awesome.” What I like about it is how easy it would be to DIY: Simple applique outlines, straightforward beading and/or embroidery, and blanket-stitched edges. You could use a plain thrifted vest as a base and gussy it up in an afternoon.
Sally

Sally Pinup Tattoo

Artist Tim Shumate did a series of Disney characters as pinup models for tattoos; you can see that set here, and buy prints of those and other work at Society 6.
Bat Wing Cup

Bat Wing Cup

This is by the Sami Rinne Design Shop, which sells them in cappuccino and espresso sizes. I don’t speak Finnish, so I don’t know if they ship elsewhere.
Ian Curtis Cushion

Ian Curtis Cushion

He’s…he’s looking at me.

No idea where this originated; it was found at I Have Seen the Whole of the Internet, but it’s unclear where it came from. TinEye is no help. Oh, well; it’s easy to custom-print photos on fabric so if you always dreamed of sitting on Ian Curtis’ face, now’s your chance.

Wayne Family Cosplay

Wayne Family Cosplay

I love everything about this. You know there’ll be plenty of Batman cosplayers, so play off of them instead. Bonus for leaving a trail of mildly-perplexed Batmen in your wake.
Flower Skull

Porcelain Skull

This is one of several porcelain skull designs by artist NooN in collaboration with the French ceramics company K.olin tribu. Something similar could be DIYd with a plaster skull and decoupage.
Exorcist Prank

Exorcist Prank

This is such a simple joke, but it made me giggle. A lot.
Cthul-Shoe

POLYPODIS

This Lovecraftian shoe is by Kermit Tesoro. Although not terribly practical to walk in, you have to admit that it can’t be beaten for style. (As one commenter put it, “Your poor unfortunate soles.”)
Pizza Ouija

Pizza Ouija

As soon as I saw this I figured it was probably a Hell Pizza item. It was a limited-edition box created for an advertising campaign. Hell Pizza is the same company that offered hell cross buns for Easter a few years ago.
Window Frame

Window Picture Frame

The watermark on this credits Cheerios and Lattes, but I didn’t see a post referencing it. Regardless, it’s a neat way to repurpose an old window frame: Place little shadowboxes behind each pane and use them to display small items. I like the shabby, peeling-paint look; this would be great with a spooky thing in each pane, all trying to get inside….

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Sinister Snow Globes

July 14th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Snow GlobeArtists Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz have been working with snow scenes a lot lately: Their recent works all seem to involve snow and miniature figures.

In a series that they called Travelers, they created snow globes featuring miniature people being chased by wolves, menaced by giant spiders, or threatened by even more miniature people. (Although, to be honest, my favorite of the series isn’t macabre and simply features a moose helping with the laundry.)

The artists only made a limited number of snow globes and they’ve long since been sold, but they can still serve as inspiration for weird little DIY versions. Empty snow globes are available at craft stores and online, and miniature figures for use in model railroad layouts can be found in all sorts of styles. Create a tiny, snow-covered cemetery with an open grave, or replicate the entrance to the hedge maze from The Shining.

This would be a fun group activity: Set up a supply of empty snow globes, various miniatures, and tools like glue and tweezers. Give a prize for the most creative miniature mayhem.

(via Dangerous Minds)

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Office Kingdom

July 13th, 2015 by Cobwebs

This short film reveals the truth about those bored-looking agents at bureaucratic offices: They’re actually fantasy warriors who must quest for the all-important approval stamp.

(via io9)

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

July 10th, 2015 by Cobwebs

This concludes yet another Link Dump-o-Rama. Regular posting (and once-a-week Link Dumps) return Monday.

Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo – Fascinating history of women’s tattoo art.

Kkiittttiieess – Series of paintings by Casey Weldon featuring four-eyed cats. I think I prefer these to real cats; they look sorta spidery.

Netrunner – Article about an interesting-sounding card game set in a Gibson-esque milieu.

Gross Science – YouTube series by PBS which relates “Bizarre stories from the slimy, smelly, creepy world of science.”

Skull Ukulele – Make your next luau a little more macabre with this skull-bedecked ukulele.

My Little Pony Haunted Mansion – My Little Pony modder Silverband 7 recreated the “graveyard scene” from Disney’s Haunted Mansion using ponies. It is really rather wonderful.

Blue Q Socks – Novelty socks (mainly women’s, but there are a few for men). I’m partial to these.

Your World Will Never be the Same – “Excerpts from either a memoir by a first-time parent or a post-apocalyptic novel.” The two are eerily similar. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Adorable Circle of Life – Alex Solis’ series of illustrations depicting adorable predators bloodily devouring their adorable prey.

This Artist is Making Haunting Paintings with Google’s Dream Robot – An artist ran some of his surrealist paintings through Google’s new Deep Dream algorithm and it enhanced them in interesting ways.

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

July 9th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Xenomorph Hug – This illustration of an Alien cuddling Winnie-the-Pooh is oddly adorable.

Day of the Dead Salt and Pepper Shakers – Attractive shaker set decorated like calaveras.

Charon Spotting – Some guy dressed as an undertaker has been spotted on a lake in Canberra, using a coffin as a stand-up rowboat. I may have found a new hobby.

8 Weird Mysteries of the Internet – A roundup of strange websites and other oddities.

How to Make a Writing Quill – Nice tutorial for DIY quill pens, either as a prop or just because you want to go really old school and write with one.

Neverwear – Prints, T-shirts, and other items based on the work of Neil Gaiman. This new limited edition print is attractive.

Sad Animal Facts – Cute drawings of animals accompanied by a sad fact about each one.

15 Unrivalled Goth Fashion Blogs of 2015 – A blog roundup by Black Rose.

And Then I Vanish – A “surreal motion poem,” along with several stills from the video. If you’re trypophobic I wouldn’t recommend clicking over.

How to Make an Axolotl Cake – I bet you didn’t even know that you needed an axolotl cake. You do now.

10 Silly Hats That People Used To Take Incredibly Seriously – “That’s called a ‘mob cap,’ and it symbolizes a woman’s willingness to beat you to death with a garden rake…”

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

July 8th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Viking Ship Fire Pit – ImagineMetalArt, which also fabricates neat things like dragons, made this splendid Viking ship for giving marshmallows a proper funeral.

A Brief History of LA’s “Witch House” – The Spadena House in Los Angeles is a marvelously witchy, and historic, home.

Spiderweb Yarnbombing – Artist Babukatorium covered a tree with a rainbow of spiderwebs.

Heavy Metal Band Name Generator – I’m totally going to start a band called “Johann Sebastian Brain.”

Shakespeare’s Big Four: A Summary – SMBC gets to the gist of the plays.

Punjammies – Loungewear bottoms made in India by women who have escaped human trafficking. These aren’t particularly goth, but they look mighty comfy and they’re for a good cause. (via Burning Prairie)

Scooby-Doo, When Are You? – Fun set of illustrations which imagines how the Scooby gang would dress in various decades. Man, Fred has always been boring.

Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch – The mere fact that there’s a children’s book about Bosch is awesome enough, but this is a story as told by his wildly dissatisfied housekeeper who is damn sick of beehives in boots and pickle-winged fish and that kicks it into awesomeness overdrive.

Marie Antoinette’s Necklace – Tutorial for an attractive “drippy blood” beaded choker.

Every Hitchcock Cameo – Alfred Hitchcock was well-known for making a cameo appearance in every film he directed (including, famously, appearing as the “Before” photo in a newspaper weight-loss advertisement in Lifeboat). This supercut video details them all.

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

July 7th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Corpse Brides and Ghost Grooms – Atlas Obscura has a roundup of “marriage after death” cultural traditions.

Soliloquy on B – Patrick Stewart does a Shakespearean turn on Sesame Street. (Bonus appearance with The Count here.)

Jurassic Bits – Spoonflower-printed fabric featuring cartoony iconic images from Jurassic Park. What sets this apart for me is the cartoony Laura Dern digging through the cartoony pile of Triceratops poop.

BEyond Yonder – Site devoted to death midwifery. It includes a virtual school to help others learn to serve in this capacity.

Snark Factory – Etsy shop specializing in jewelry with various snarky messages. I like these earrings.

Tactical Chef Apron – For grilling during the zombie apocalypse. This strikes me as something that would pair well with a Utilikilt.

Exploding Kittens – Successfully-funded Kickstarter for a card game illustrated by Matthew Inman.

Flamethrower Ukulele – Caleb Kraft was inspired by Mad Max’s “Doof Warrior” to build a flame-belching uke.

The Ring Doughnut – Series of doughnut sculptures depicting that creepy dead girl crawling out of a well because why not.

Motifs of the Revival: Bats – Examples of decorative accessories from the Arts & Crafts/Revival design movement.

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps

July 6th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Will the link dumps never end?!? Not this week, that’s for darn sure.

Crayola Horrors – Flashbak has a roundup of drawings from weird vintage coloring books.

We Are All Completely Fine – Novella which follows the “final survivors” of various horror movie-esque tragedies as they speak to a therapist who finally seems to believe them.

My Beautiful Monsters – Etsy shop full of extremely squee-worthy plush monsters.

Not all Australian animals are deadly… – A description of one of the exceptions. (Hat tip to xJane) Bonus link: Down in the Reddit thread for this, somebody posted a .gif of the way they move when startled.

The Most Metal Deaths in Middle-earth, Ranked – “Gandalf’s death was so metal he came back to life a different fucking color.”

Sort of Coal Soap – The Danish company that makes charcoal water purifiers also sells pure-black charcoal soap in case you want to goth up your daily shower. They also offer black shampoo.

The Entopod – A design student has created a “starter kit” for eating bugs.

Ask the Past – Blog devoted to “advice from old books,” curated by a historian. She’s recently published a related book.

Bat Sculpture – Lovely steampunky metal bat by Igor Verniy.

Eating Dungeons & Dragons Iron Rations – Long video exploring the “iron rations” that feed adventurers in D&D campaigns. This would be a handy resource for LARPing. (via Propnomicon)

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