The Art of Darkness

The Link Dump of the Vanities

August 11th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Join the Search for Geedis – This tickles me in my “obscure, pointless mystery” place.

This Much I Know: Neil Gaiman – A short, very Gaimanesque, interview with the author.

Has the True Identity of Jack the Ripper Been Revealed? – Betteridge’s Law of Headlines states that “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word ‘no’,” and since this article was written to tout an upcoming book it should be taken with a very large grain of salt.

Game of Thrones Beer – Brewery Ommegang has a series of Game of Thrones-themed beers with names like “Fire and Blood” and “Three-Eyed Raven.”

AirBNB Reviews for Castle Dracula – Amusing ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

Funeral Etiquette Every Southerner Should Know – Video of two “etiquette masters” discussing the finer points of American Southern funerals.

False Facts Everyone Believes About the Druids – Interesting article about historical Druids vs. Dungeons & Dragons Druids.

Hookland – Twitter feed with a sort of “Welcome to Scarfolk” vibe. Lots of odd vintage-y photos and strange commentary.

Divining the Future – Merriam-Webster “words at play” article featuring different kinds of divination. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Belzebubs – Entertaining webcomic about a black metal-loving family and their everyday life. There’s a very strong Addams Family-esque “we consider weird things normal” vibe.

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The Link Dump of Heaven

August 4th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Scary Stories Paperback Box Set – The most terrifying part of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and its sequels wasn’t the stories, it was the creepy-ass artwork by Stephen Gammell. A new boxed set featuring the original art has just been released.

Goth Court – A life-action party game about “eldritch justice in a small claims court that settles petty disputes between goths and norms.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe – Kickstarter for an interesting-sounding graphic novel.

Why Harry Potter should have carried an M1911 – This Reddit comment is peak Redneck American, but “Dirty Harry” Potter would be a fun action movie.

Packing – Odd, evocative, melancholy little short story.

Monks Knitting Pattern – Tewkesbury Abbey has a free knitting pattern for mini-monks. You can see some examples in their Twitter feed.

So this conversation happened between a couple of writers I like on Twitter – This is what the internet was made for. (via Shellhawk)

Anatomy of Animals – Kickstarter for a collection of “animal anatomy” ‘toons from the webcomic Sheldon. I cannot agree with their depiction of tardigrades.

Meeping Angel – You know that Weeping Angel/Beaker mashup? Somebody did a cosplay version.

Riker Creatures – Adorable furry sculptures of wildlife. The latest set–sadly sold out–were baby fruit bats: Scruffs, Pekoe, and Loki. Hopefully the artist will make more soon. (Hat tip to WitchArachne)

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A Fine and Pleasant Link Dump

July 28th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Santa as Disease Vector – A Twitter thread that asks a question nobody ever thinks about. (See also the same author’s thread on making saltwater taffy.)

Cute Rat Photos – Diane Özdamar photographs rats looking particularly adorable in an effort to spruce up their negative image. They are, indeed, adorable.

Sex with Demons Was Totally Chill Until the Church Ruined It – Probably NSFW.

@ravenmaster1 – The Tower of London’s Ravenmaster has a Twitter account.

Stuffed Pizza Skulls – Something else to do with your skull cupcake pans.

Pictures of Death – Article about early postmortem photography.

Donate to Bat World Sanctuary – If the sanctuary out-raises all the other charities in this event, Macy’s will add $100,000 to their total. Spare a buck to save a bat.

Strange Practice – A novel concerning Dr. Greta Van Helsing, physician to the supernatural. The author describes her “Big Idea” here.

Most Bizarre Tales of People Being Possessed – A roundup.

Embroidered Moth Soft Sculptures – The artist is selling a few of her embroidered moths. They’re just lovely.

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The Link Dump of the Ancient Mariner

July 21st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Release the Choctopus – Man About Cake created an astonishing octopus wedding cake. (A cake shaped like an octopus, not a cake for an octopus who’s getting married. Just in case you were confused.)

The Best Demon Illustrations of All Time – Illustrations from the 1863 edition of the Dictionnaire Infernal. I may disagree with the article’s author on what constitutes “the stuff of nightmares;” I’d have half these things as pets. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Tasty Ancient Recipes from Mesopotamia – Interview with the author of a book of ancient recipes.

Against Big Bird, the Gods Themselves Contend in Vain – I aged out of Sesame Street well before 1983, so I had never even heard of this episode. I’m glad to see that the 70s-era Sesame Street vibe (“You can’t tell me that drugs weren’t involved”) lasted into the 80s. This is glorious.

@MagicWeather – Amusing Twitter feed that sounds like the weather channel in Night Vale. “Rain continues tomorrow, with a chance of flooding in some areas, a chance of banshees wailing in others.”

Calls for Cthulhu – A marvelous webseries featuring Cthulhu as the host of a phone-in TV show.

100 Demon Dialogues – Kickstarter for a comic about anxiety and self-doubt, personified by demons.

Barbie Dream Hearse – This candy pink-and-white hearse can be rented for parties.

Traditional Anniversary Gifts – An amusing list by Obvious Plant.

Luau – IMDb describes this early effort by Tim Burton as “a horrifying and touching movie about a tramp’s dream of fame” which is as good a description as any, I guess. Prepare to have your mind slightly boggled. That link goes to Part 1; parts 2 and 3 are here and here. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Link Dump

July 14th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Omni Online – Omni was a seminal SF/F magazine, and there’s plenty of dark-and-spooky stories in its pages.

A Year Gardening the Grave of a Stranger – Atlas Obscura looks at “cradle graves” and the caretakers who garden them.

Dungeons and Doggos! – New webcomic about dogs playing D&D. (Hat tip to xJane)

Dark Stock Photos – Twitter feed of “Extremely fucked up stock photography.”

It’s October – I love this ‘toon’s punchline.

15 Reasons Why Living with Me is Like Having a Poltergeist – Many of us can relate.

Trick or Tarot – Kickstarter for an awesome tarot deck featuring vintage-y artwork. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Miss Alicia – Fruit bats nomming bananas will never not be adorable.

METAL RABBITS OF CHRIST – @BBolander tweeted a marvelous thread about the “bad Christian allegorical novel someone gave me at a young age about Jesus wolves & bears on thrones of skulls” and the link title is how one of her commenters described it. It is accurate.

The Intersection of Science Fiction and Horror – A look at why the two genera are so compatible.

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Seen Online

July 11th, 2017 by Cobwebs

don’t insult bookworms by saying we only care about books. we also love huge country houses with hedge mazes and magical capes.
SketchesbyBoze

My therapist told me “Write letters to the people you hate, and then burn them.” Did that, but now I don’t know what to do with the letters.
LeftOf_Normal

[on my deathbed]
*with my last breath* if only I had named this bed differently
DaddyJew

BELLE: There goes the baker with his tray like always
BAKER: well there goes Belle, singing her DAILY MEAN SONG about us
DanaSchwartzzz

New moon tomorrow night. Plant things that flower in the dark: sweet potatoes, jasmine, curses invoking the forgotten angry dead.
NeolithicSheep

“What this person did was awesome. I hear they were marked by Fate. Is that so?”
“Definitely!” Fate said. “I mark everyone, just in case.”
MicroSFF

Prometheus, Arachne, Icarus — The moral of Greek myths is “Fuck you for trying.”
JenAshleyWright

Someone let me write the movie where a young woman archaeologist in ~1980s faces her greatest challenge: Thesis Advisor Indiana Jones
maxgladstone

The epilogue of Harry Potter should have just been 30 year old Harry forwarding dozens of cat videos to McGonagall like “is this u”
HogwartsLogics

why are there so many Spiderman movies but only two movies about children being murdered in a chocolate factory?
AudreyPorne

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Link Dumps Never Sleep

July 7th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Lovecrafters Toys – Etsy shop specializing in sex toys such as tentacle-shaped dildos. NSFW, donchaknow.

Octopus Decanter and Glass – I hate to link to Facebook, but this be-tentacled set of glassware is really cool and I can’t find a non-FB link.

Inspirobot – This ‘bot creates randomized inspirational quotes overlaid on random images in a soothing fashion and each and every one is comedy gold.

Dark Halloween Wedding – Photoshoot of an elegant all-black wedding.

9 Spiders and the Stars They Were Named After – I’m so glad that David Bowie has his own spider species. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Beatrix Potter Illustrations – This Twitter thread made me giggle immoderately.

Shirley Jackson’s Sublime First Paragraph in ‘Hill House,’ Annotated – Random House’s copy chief explains why he adores the opening paragraph.

Rat Park – This isn’t exactly goth, but it involves rats and it’s a good description of an interesting experiment.

Can I Pet Your Werewolf? – Kickstarter for an anthology of, “goofy, cute, and sweet” werewolf stories.

Gothic Homemaking – Voltaire has a webseries devoted to goth home decor.

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The Wicker Link Dump

June 30th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Rise – Amusing ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

Elin Thomas – Fiber artist whose works include a collection of mould and lichen. The crocheted “petri dishes” are particularly interesting.

Todd and Annette – Sweet little story based on the writing prompt, “An old and homely grandmother accidentally summons a demon. She mistakes him for her gothic-phase teenage grandson and takes care of him. The demon decides to stay at his new home.”

Famous American Ghosts – An amusing roundup.

Inflatable Coffin Buffet – Coffin-shaped cooler for parties; it’d also be fun to float in a pool. (The vendor has a European site as well.)

A Guide Through the Haunting World of “Folk Horror” – Bandcamp has a roundup of dark, pagany, folk-ish music.

Gothic Toggs – Some attractive clothing. This jacket is certainly imposing.

The Apprehension Engine – An instrument created for horror movie soundtracks, to play “the music of nightmares.”

Falconry – A short primer on taking up the sport.

Hong Kong’s Fortune Teller Shops – Interesting photo series of the oddly office-like shops run by fortune tellers in Hong Kong. These are all clearly Executive Fortune Tellers. (Hat tip to pdq)

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No Link Dump For Old Men

June 23rd, 2017 by Cobwebs

Dread Singles – Novelty Twitter account with a bit of a Night Vale vibe. Tends to break character more than Night Vale.

26 Dark AF Kitchen Products To Match Your Soul – Clickbaity headline, a couple of interesting products.

Lovecraft Country – Jordan Peele is adapting the novel into a series for HBO.

Beatrix Potter’s Secret Journal – Potter kept a coded journal for years, and a “superfan” was finally able to translate it.

Skull Obsession – Skull-themed clothing and accessories. I love these boots.

100 Best Horror Movies of All Time – A list about which to kibitz.

The Cider That Comes From Beyond the Grave – Malus Immortalis is a limited-edition cider made with apples foraged from a famous Brooklyn cemetery. (via Beth)

Insomnia – Neat illustration.

The Marsh Test – Atlas Obscura has an interesting article on the test used in the 1800s to check for arsenic poisoning.

Riverdale Season Two – This Twitter thread made me giggle.

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Arsenic and Old Link Dumps

June 16th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Bioshock Doll – Really nice “Little Sister,” plus accessories, all handmade.

How a Raven Chose a Man as Her Mate – The title of this video clip is slightly misleading, but it’s a cute look at the “special bond” between the Tower of London’s Ravenmaster and one of his charges.

Under the Knife – YouTube series that “takes a humorous look back into our medical past.” This is a really neat channel. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Flower Dinosaurs – This deep learning cross between a book of dinosaurs and a book of flowers is gorgeous.

Unknown Peoples – Interesting Twitter feed which tweets out short descriptions of mythical races and cultures, such as, “The Culture of the Bog. Their society includes eleven distinct genders. They have been exiled from their homeland.” and “The Northern Tribe. They paint stripes across their horns with teal clay. Their merchants are rumoured to trade ideas for gold.” Might be useful for RPG worldbuilding.

Bokaclava – Pattern for a balaclava that looks like the classic Doctor Who monster Bok if you know who that is, and like a demon sticking its tongue out if you don’t. (Hat tip to Jan)

NerdLacquer – Fandom-themed lip balm and nail polish with names like “Carrie,” “Blavatsky,” and “General Effing Leia.”

Conjuring Arts Research Center – Atlas Obscura explores a library devoted to magic (the Houdini kind, not the Harry Potter kind).

At Home Imagineering – Custom home theater styled after 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and full of steampunky goodness.

Decomposing Daiquiri – A friend posted this, explaining that the ice cubes are made from frozen Zombie. “The drink gradually transforms from a Daiquiri into a Zombie as the ice cube ‘decomposes.'” Fun idea for a party. (Link just goes to a photo.)

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