The Art of Darkness

Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

July 13th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Take On Me in Minor Key – “This sounds like you’re being chased through a haunted house or forest. Ghosts chant in the background. The monster is slowly gaining on you. You dodge an axe swing from a possessed suit of armour. Scooby Doo is there.”

Labyrinth Funko Figures – The Sarah figure includes the ‘ello worm. It is to squee.

Skeleton Banner Pattern – Free knitting pattern for a skeletal torso.

Creepy Phone Cases – These phone cases with teeth and eyeballs are creepy as hell.

Oldschool Gothic – Gallery of 80s goth and deathrock fashion.

Edgar Allan Poe Wedding – Some lovely details.

Haunted Memory Box – Instructions for making and decorating a ridiculously cute little box for spooky mementos.

Chaithulhu – Portrait of Cthulhu as a prim and proper Victorian lady, taking tea. Because why not.

Urban Fairies – Site which collects “sightings” of fairy doors.

9 Ridiculously Creepy Medical Museums Open to the Public – Road trip!

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

July 12th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Just Your Typical Office – Gorgeous steampunk-themed office makeover.

Brutal Bunnies – So much Medieval illustration was just completely bananas.

“Working” Vortex Manipulator – This little wrist-mounted computer has some great steampunky overtones.

Witch Tattoo Art – Some stunning work.

Ghost Babies – Interesting article about Victorian postmortem photography.

Necronomemoticon – This is funnier than it ought to be. There are also other ways to achieve Cthulhoid typography. (Hat tip to pdq)

Bears – Every cryptozoological mystery solved.

Life After Death Designs – Etsy shop full of neat coffin-shaped items like clocks and makeup holders.

12 Ways To Have The Witchiest Vacation Ever – I hate BuzzFeed lists and their gratuitous gifs, but if you can get past that there are some interesting ideas for vacationing in New Orleans.

Deathflake – Free knitting pattern for a snowflake design featuring a skull in the middle. This may be the most metal name for a pattern I’ve ever heard of.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps

July 11th, 2016 by Cobwebs

It’s time once again to clean out the ol’ drafts folder. Buckle up.

WWII Era Vampires – This is a great hook for a story.

DIY Fox Tail – Tutorial for making a cosplay fox tail out of yarn.

I Heart Guts – This site specializes in organ-related merchandise (if you’ve ever wanted a plush spleen, now’s your chance), and they’ve just come out with a new line of merit badge-style patches which celebrate lady bits. I like “Vadge of Honor,” personally. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Coffin Beach Towel – Black beach towel shaped like a toe-pincher coffin. You could probably DIY one of your own with an oversize towel and a pair of scissors.

To the Surface – Photo series of period dresses posed as ghostly figures.

Amigurumi Monsters – A whole bunch of crocheted baby monsters. I particularly like how so many different “personalities” can be created by using the same base body plan and just changing the details.

Fairy Berries – LED lights that fade in and out like fireflies. Pretty landscaping detail for parties.

Worst (Best) Metal Album Covers – A collection of very…special…album covers. (Bonus: Check out Fantomas’ cover of “Charade” in the comments.)

Is the Person Naming These Colors of Yarn Okay? – I agree that “Rotten pistachio cream macaron” and “Too much Aperol Spritz” are fairly unique color descriptions, but there’s also “Poisoned blood,” “Rain in a graveyard,” and “Bats in a dark mood,” which I’d buy just for the names alone.

This to That – Choose the two things you’re trying to glue together, and the site tells you which glue will work best. Handy for crafters.

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Whiskey Tango Link Dump

July 8th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Suffragetto – A look at a vintage “suffragettes vs. police” board game. (via pdq)

Whoops I think I broke it… – Small collection of tutorials for making props (with entertaining photo captions). I particularly like the Thing in a Jar.

Demon Daycare – Site which allows you to “drop off” your personal demons for a while.

Seymour’s Custom Doll House – Rather sparsely furnished but lovingly detailed spooky mansion.

Vampire Lore – This made me giggle.

Rachnera Cosplay – NSFW-ish. It’s a shame the spider body isn’t robotic, but even just standing still it’s pretty amazing.

Weta – Igunamouth takes a look at one of my favorite bugs.

12 Killer Facts About Shaun of the Dead – A roundup.

At the Mountains of Madness – Animated short film of the Lovecraft story. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Catherine, Called Birdy – Fictional diary of a 14-year-old girl in the year 1290. Good read for kids in the 10-12 age range.

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Cross-Stitched Pumpkins

July 7th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Pumpkin Cross StitchYou guys all ran out after Halloween and bought fake pumpkins on clearance, right? (Right?!?) Well, here’s what to do with ’em.

The elsie marley blog has this super-simple idea for poking holes in foam pumpkins with a skewer and then cross-stitching through the holes. This is a wonderfully rustic look, and with the right colors and design they’d be lovely decor year-round.

Obviously, there are loads of different ways to riff on the basic idea. Spray-paint the pumpkins in a variety of colors, or use “special effects” paint kits to make them look like marble or wood grain. Do a search on “free halloween cross stitch patterns” to find lots of ideas for the stitching (you’ll want to make sure they’re fairly simple designs). Do complementary designs on opposite sides, or stitch a different letter on several pumpkins to spell out a short message.

This idea is easy enough that even kids should be able to give it a try (although smaller fry might need help poking the holes), and fixing any mistakes is as easy as pulling out the yarn.

If you weren’t so lucky as to score any clearance-sale pumpkins last Halloween, mark your calendar now to pick up a couple this year.

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Nightmare Before Christmas Chair

July 6th, 2016 by Cobwebs

NMBC ChairEPBOT recently shared a roundup of fan art which included this gorgeous chair makeover (click to embiggen). Reader Elizabeth C. started with an unfinished chair found at a thrift store, hand-painted the patchwork seat and detailing, and finished it off with a bow made from stiff felt.

The result is really striking, and is also one of those marvelous projects that falls within the skillset of us mere mortals. None of the patchwork patterns are terribly intricate, and the variations in the design actually add to its charm. If you wanted something a little sturdier than felt to use for the bat, thin plywood should work fine and is easy to cut.

If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you could make over a whole dinette set this way. A set of chairs in the patchwork “Sally” pattern matched with a table featuring a border of li’l Jack Skellington faces around the edges would look great and should be manageable over the course of a few weekends.

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Trivia Tuesday

July 5th, 2016 by Cobwebs

  1. This band was formed in the early 80s by identical twins Jay and Michael Aston.
    A) Alien Sex Fiend
    B) Nosferatu
    C) Rosetta Stone
    D) Fields of the Nephilim
    E) Gene Loves Jezebel
  2. What’s the name of the Roman god of War?
  3. It’s a common misconception that Tim Burton directed A Nightmare Before Christmas. Who actually directed the film?
    A) Ray Harryhausen
    B) Henry Selick
    C) Nick Park
    D) George Pal
    E) Phil Tippett
  4. Absinthe is traditionally flavored with what bitter herb?
  5. The first motion-picture adaptation of Frankenstein wasn’t the 1931 version starring Boris Karloff. Instead, it was a “kinetogram” produced in 1910 by this inventor.
    A) Nikola Tesla
    B) Alexander Graham Bell
    C) Guglielmo Marconi
    D) George Eastman
    E) Thomas Edison
  6. In this 1972 fantasy novel, a group of trick-or-treating boys is helped by a mysterious character named Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud.
  7. The most powerful alien/demon in H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos is:
    A) Nyarlathotep
    B) Azathoth
    C) Shub-Niggurath
    D) Yog-Sothoth
    E) Cthulhu
  8. Daveigh Chase, who provided the voice for Lilo Pelekai in Disney’s Lilo and Stitch, also played the “monster” in what 2002 horror movie?
  9. Type O Negative’s Peter Steele wrote “I Like Goils” to make light of the attention he was receiving from gay men after his photoshoot appeared in this magazine.
    A) Penthouse
    B) Celebrity Skin
    C) Playgirl
    D) Hustler
    E) Nuts
  10. What movie has Beetlejuice seen 167 times (“and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it!”)?

(Answers below the fold)

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Roundup of Short Horror Films

July 4th, 2016 by Cobwebs

There’s a nice selection of spooky shorts up at ScoopWhoop, including this one from India.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Link Dumps

July 1st, 2016 by Cobwebs

Elf Spotting Certificate – A recent John Oliver segment mentioned the Icelandic Elf School, where you can earn an honest-to-goodness certificate in Elf Spotting. Just in case you don’t want to go to Iceland and spend thousands of dollars, “Last Week Tonight” has kindly created a free downloadable certificate which is every bit as effective.

Addams Family Baby Crib – The prop crib used for “Pubert” in Addams Family Values is up for auction right now. There are a couple of good photos that would be useful for reference in DIYing your own.

Science Chamber of Horrors – “Presenting the freakiest and most terrifying aspects of science, scientists, and nature.” (via pdq)

Black Bath Bombs – The copy is a little breathless, but these gothy bath bombs are pretty neat.

Netflix Acquires “The Shambling Guide” – Mur Lafferty’s urban fantasy The Shambling Guide to New York City has been picked up by Netflix. Could be fun.

Tinkercast – Etsy shop which sells tights covered with silicon scales. Bored Panda has photos of several different styles.

Feisty Pets – Stuffed animals that snarl when you squeeze them. (Hat tip to Goth Gardening)

How Do I Get a Reincarnation Permit? – I’m mainly just tickled that China has a Buddha database.

Thimbleweed Park – Ars Technica reviews a game that they compare favorably to some of LucasArts’ best stuff.

How to Choose the Pet Bug That’s Right for You – Suggestions for selecting a creepy-crawly playmate. Now I really want a giant millipede.

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“Monster After Dark” Lampshades

June 30th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Fish Lamp

Matt Mets used paper cutouts on both the inside and outside of a lampshade to create a cute “monster after dark” effect.

This kind of fun with silhouettes is ripe for all kinds of customization: A crescent moon with bats that appear at night, a castle haunted by a nocturnal ghost, and lots of other now-you-see-them-now-you-don’t options. A reverse effect might also be possible, where an innocuous-looking doorway could have spooky eyes glowing from within. (The only caveat might be that the cutouts for the eyes may still be visible when the light is off.)

You could do something a little more permanent using stickers or even paint, but I kind of like the idea of temporary paper cutouts that can be changed as the whim suits you.

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