The Art of Darkness

Pretty Link Dumps All in a Row

May 26th, 2017 by Cobwebs

The Dark Crystal Trailer – Netflix is turning the movie into a series. Here’s a first look.

Victor Frankenstein Rant – A tweet of epicness.

Backyard Bat Hanging Sculptures – Pretty handmade copper garden decorations.

A Brief History of Goths – Interesting, short TED-Ed video which traces the word from ancient barbarians all the way through its use as a descriptor for a subculture. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Giblets the Anatomy Bunny – Cute plush bunny with removable organs.

The Medieval Agricultural Year – Interesting look at farming by the seasons.

Morbid Curiosity – Review of a cool-sounding trivia/discussion card game about death.

As Nice As Mice – Etsy shop specializing in li’l felt mice, including several dressed for Halloween. My favorite is “Mouseferatu.” (via Spooky Moon)

Ultima Online Massacre – This carefully-planned mass murder is both hilarious and infuriating.

Highly Evolved Bats – Really interesting discussion of bat anatomy and behavior in speculating how a “human” with bat ancestry instead of primate ancestry might look and behave.

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Link Dump of a Wimpy Kid

May 19th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Junkrat Cosplay – This entire costume is amazing, but the wig that makes it look like the character’s hair is on fire is particularly cool.

A Tenth Life – Sweetly melancholy little tweetstory by @MicroSFF.

The Beauty of Horror – Adult coloring book with intricate, creepy illustrations to color. There’s also a sequel.

How Did Dracula Become the World’s Most Famous Vampire? – Neat animated TED talk on the Dracula phenomenon. The full lesson is here. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Werewolf Myth – The last line made me giggle.

The Calvarium – Fabric, furniture, and other “unique hauntings for life.” (via Shellhawk)

THe Bat Man of Mexico – Interesting article about one man’s quest to encourage bat-friendly tequila manufacture.

Sheep Marketing Ploy – A lovely filk about Fenton, Death Sheep from Hell.

Lego Spider – This big, hairy Lego tarantula is amazing.

Bat Bags – Great roundup of batty handbags.

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Seen Online

May 17th, 2017 by Cobwebs

If I had a time machine I’d go and hide in the future and jump out and scare everyone when they arrive.
thewritertype

The mortal dipped the quill in his blood, and paused. “What do you need souls for, anyway?”
The demon hesitated. “Company. We get lonely.”
MicroSFF

On average, a human will swallow 20 spiders in their sleep, yet no one seems interested in finding out who is putting spiders in your mouth.
SamSykesSwears

Old people that say tattoos are a waste of money: You have entire cabinets dedicated to plates that no one is allowed to use.
PhuckinCody

My body is a temple. It’s full of traps and an ancient, unspeakable curse.
inkhat

Parents aren’t scared of Haunted Hayrides-we’re used to sticky people jumping out of the dark while yelling & poking us with weird objects.
DomesticGoddss

Story about a guy tormented by visions of the dead, but he never notices, because he’s always looking at his phone
timpratt

The Wizard of Oz may not have been a very good wizard, but he was able to make a fully functional 3D hologram with early 1900’s technology.
rShowerThoughts

You know that tattoo you sometimes see of cobwebs on the elbows… What are they trying to say? That they rarely dust their elbows?
tobydavies

Full moon is over. It’s okay. I was vaccinated against it. I don’t change anymore. That’s good.
I’m good.
But sometimes I miss being human.
MicroSFF

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The Link Dump From Beyond Infinity

May 12th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Vampire Bats are Nerds – In response to this post, c-rowlesdraws drew a nerd bat and then the obvious followup.

Horror Movie Blooper Reels – I think there should be bloopers at the end of every horror movie so it’s easier to sleep afterwards.

Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe – A look at the “phenomenon of Poe,” and locations associated with him that can be toured. (via Cat)

The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 – This board game based on John Carpenter’s The Thing sounds like a lot of fun.

Hatching Pumpkin – Iguanamouth responds brilliantly to a reader request.

Thunderhead – So. Thrash Grass is thrash metal combined with bluegrass and here’s a sample.

Skeleton Lamps – Everybody needs a posable life-sized skeleton body lamp. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Bejeweled Skeletons – Smithsonian Magazine has some great photos of blinged-out Catholic martyrs.

Sandwich Demons – I rather like this series of responses to a writing prompt.

Historic Book Odour Wheel – University College London researchers have created a guide to the smell of old books. (Image of the wheel is near the bottom of the article.)

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Planet of the Link Dumps

May 5th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Silence of the Lambs: A Romantic Comedy – Nicely-done trailer mashup that changes the genre of a movie.

The Devil in America – Novelette by Kai Ashante Wilson, available online for free. (Hat tip to pdq)

Warlock Holmes – An amusing “paranormal adaptation” of the Sherlock Holmes series. There’s also a sequel.

Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets – Interesting article on new scientific techniques being used on bodies such as Tollund Man.

Squeezable Pimple Cupcakes – Sweet Crispy Jesus.

Black Ice Cream – This is cool, but you could probably get a similar effect using black gel food coloring in your favorite ice cream recipe, and it would be much safer.

European Pagan Rituals – Awesome photoset of costumes used in surviving pagan festivals.

Michell Tapia – Jeweler who uses fossil ivory for scrimshaw, making attractive calaveras and other designs. Some of her work can be purchased here. (via Spooky Moon)

Romania’s Problem with Dracula – A look at the myth vs. the reality.

Victorian Mourning Ring – This one incorporates a glass eye from the deceased. That’s…different.

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A Link Dump Runs Through It

April 28th, 2017 by Cobwebs

BuzzFiend – Parody Twitter account with monstrous clickbaity headlines. “6 products for keeping your gaping maw enviable and alien for spring,” “Finally, a demon’s take on necromancy,” “Top 20 recipes for the most heretical blood pudding you’ve ever had.”

Winchester – Helen Mirren is set to star in a thriller about the Winchester House.

A Sisterhood of Scares – A look at female horror fandom.

owl-victorika – The site is all in Russian, but it features adorable crocheted chameleons, beetles, and butterflies. (via Spooky Moon)

Creepy Sounds in the Cornfield – Two hours of atmospheric background cornfield noises.

Black Nebula – Goth carrots!

Stephen King’s Stranger Love Songs – “Heartbreak songs” from the 70s and 80s reimagined as the titles of Stephen King novels. This art series is remarkably well done.

3D Printed Women’s Fantasy Armor – This armor (which even lights up!) is spectacular.

Rage Against the Machine Played on Toy Instruments – The Wackids specialize in covering rock songs on toy instruments. This rendition of “Killing in the Name” is much better than it has any right to be. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Graphic novel which presents itself as the diary of a ten-year-old girl’s investigation into her neighbor’s murder.

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Seen Online

April 25th, 2017 by Cobwebs

The first guy to hear a parrot talk probably was not okay for a few days #Showerthoughts
rShowerThoughts

What are skeletons? Nobody knows. What we do know is they burrow into coffins, eat the body inside, and use the now empty coffin as a shell
egg_dog

I feel bad for these RPG monsters. All those years it took to grow so large! How are we altering the ecosystem when we remove the megafauna?
danctheduck

Screech up to a yard sale. Ask if they have any haunted amulets. Yell at the dog in your backseat, “I’m GETTING the spell reversed, Greg!”
LizHackett

Every time I see a chameleon, I assume they’re on break.
JerryThomas

A SPIDER CRAWLED ON MY HAND & WHEN I SHOOK IT OFF IT LANDED IN AN OPEN BAG OF COOL RANCH DORITOS
DO I BURN IT OR DID I INVENT A NEW FLAVOR
melgillman

you know what’s always bugged me? when a character is faced with some magical two headed being or some shit and one always lies while the other tells the truth and to figure out which is which the character’s like “which one of you is the liar” or something like bruh literally all you gotta do is be like “what’s two plus two” one of them’s gonna say four and the other one is gonna say 83 or some shit. there you go. answered. go on with your magical quest to defeat david bowie.
kurtwagnermorelikekurtwagnerd

BRAM STOKER: I wrote this 64-page story about a vampire
EDITOR: It’s good but can you add 300 pages of vampire hunters tracking a shipment
herealeatwood

The worst part about dinosaurs being extinct is that some of them probably tasted awesome. We’re missing an entire category of meat.
rShowerThoughts

Spider-Man
Spider-Man
Does whatever a spider can
Spins a web
Any size
Catches thieves
Eats those guys
Hey wait
Don’t do that Spider-Man
normwilner

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A Tale of Two Link Dumps

April 21st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Rituals – This ‘toon and its sequel illustrate the problem of rituals that involve planetary alignments.

Haunting of Hill House Miniseries – Netflix is adapting Shirley Jackson’s novel into a 10-episode series.

Death’s Head Watches – A roundup.

Bat Legs – Interesting discussion of the anatomy of bat legs.

Paper Horror Houses – Lovely free downloadables. (Hat tip to WitchArachne)

Strange Remains – “Corpses, bizarre history, and macabre excavations.”

Artful Ashes – This company will swirl cremains into pretty glass globes, so you can use your loved ones as a paperweight I guess.

Ravenous Werewolves – Why werewolves are always hungry.

Ghostwatch on Shudder – The infamous (and hard-to-find) BBC mockumentary that caused a War of the Worlds-style panic in Britain is currently streaming on Shudder.

Ruin Days – This company will anonymously send glitter to your enemies, ranging from a mere envelope full of glitter to a spring-loaded glitter bomb.

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Fear and Link Dumps in Las Vegas

April 14th, 2017 by Cobwebs

So How Does a Centaur Eat, Anyway? – Asking the hard questions.

Vamp Tag – Vampire bats being silly.

This Animator Makes Surreal GIFs from Famous Artwork – A look at artist Kiszkiloszki’s odd little animations. (Hat tip to pdq)

Elder Goths – “When Growing Up Doesn’t Mean Abandoning Your Favorite Youth Culture.” Well, duh.

The Tomato Thief – This lovely short story by Ursula Vernon has been nominated for a Hugo Award this year.

Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers – A prequel to Bubba Ho-Tep.

Ghoul – Iguanamouth responds to an artistic request.

DIY Faux Metal Crowns – Tutorial for making great-looking crowns from cardboard.

The Person Who Discovered Sharks – The ‘toon is amusing. The Twitter thread is hilarious.

The Addams Family Dancing Blitzkrieg Bop – An amusingly edited video. (Hat tip to pdq)

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Island of the Blue Link Dumps

April 7th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Enchanted Rose – Video tutorial for making a great-looking rose in a cloche, similar to the one in Beauty and the Beast. You could make the rose black and venomous-looking and use it as a Halloween prop as well.

The Washing Away of Wrongs – Photographer Robert Shults created a series of images of Texas State University’s Body Farm, documenting the lives of workers and the donor bodies themselves, “without sensationalizing this often gruesome work.” Some photos may be disturbing.

Raul Julia as Dracula – Some publicity shots from a 1977 Broadway play in which Julia replaced Frank Langella as the Count. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

End of an Era – Shellhawk’s Nest is having a sale.

Dream – An entertaining Tumblr post.

Buddhist Beetle Sculpture – Sculpture of a Buddhist deity made from 20,000 beetles. (Hat tip to pdq)

Hairyography – You can buy a calendar of hairy dudes dressed like fairies. It is magical.

Tentacuddle Wrap – Knitted blanket similar to the wraps that give you a mermaid tail, except this gives you tentacles.

Pugtopsy – Snorts of Sorrow – This April Fool’s Day video of a pug-fronted death metal band is…well…it’s something.

Medieval Villagers Mutilated the Dead to Stop Them Rising, Study Finds – Archaeologists have found fairly solid evidence of this hinted-at practice.

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