The Art of Darkness

Digitized Demons

June 21st, 2016 by Cobwebs

DemonThe Morgan Library in New York is exhibiting the wonderful illuminated manuscript The Hours of Catherine of Cleves, and has also digitized all of the miniatures.

This digital facsimile provides reproductions of all 157 miniatures (and facing text pages) from the Hours of Catherine of Cleves. The original one-volume prayer book had been taken apart in the nineteenth century; the leaves were shuffled and then rebound into two confusing volumes. This presentation offers the miniatures in their original, fifteenth-century sequence.

The Hours of Catherine of Cleves is the greatest Dutch illuminated manuscript in the world. Its 157 miniatures are by the gifted Master of Catherine of Cleves (active ca. 1435-60), who is named after this book. The Master of Catherine of Cleves is considered the finest and most original illuminator of the medieval northern Netherlands, and this manuscript is his masterpiece.

The images are simply chock-full of little demons (illustrating that the devil really is in the details). The scans are fairly high-resolution, and they’d be wonderful source material for all kinds of projects.

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The Open Doors

June 20th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Saki’s (H.H. Munro) short story The Open Window has long been a favorite of mine. Future Shorts has done a video adaptation.

(via Not That Mike The Other Mike)

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The Secret Life of Link Dumps

June 17th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Personal Threat Level – Allows you to create a custom “threat level” indicator, suitable for all occasions.

A Sumerian Walks Into a Bar – A history of dirty jokes. (via pdq)

Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire’s newest book, about a boarding school for children who have found their way to faerieland and then been exiled back to the real world. BoingBoing has a review.

Sock Zombie – Video tutorial for making weird little zombies out of leftover socks.

House of MinaLima – London exhibit devoted to the graphic art in the Harry Potter movies.

Perfumes for the Dark – Suggestions for gothy scents.

Fierce Little Dragon – Free crochet pattern for a wee winged dragon.

Henning and Dick – Author Scott Meyer sends out occasional email newsletters. This recent pitch for a fictional TV show amused me vastly.

The Lesser Bot – “The Lesser Bot of Solomon offers you endless pages from a text in the style of Ars Goetia and the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum.” Twitter account which sort of looks like a Markov chain tripped over the Necronomicon. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Nightmare – There’s a new documentary about sleep paralysis (“Old Hag Syndrome”), and Vice interviews the filmmaker.

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Shadowbox Wall Decoration

June 16th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Oyamel

Empress Pam recently turned me on to an interesting decorating idea found in an unusual place: The restroom of a DC restaurant called Oyamel. (She’s not the only one who’s noticed it, either; about half the reviews I found online mentioned the restroom decor.)

One wall is lined floor-to-ceiling with small shadowboxes, each containing a calavera or other ethnic artwork, not to mention a hell of a lot of glitter. They’re like miniature shrines, and are perfect for highlighting small treasures. This would be a great way to display a collection of small items (like the calaveras), and each box could be decorated differently to really showcase its contents.

The Oyamel shadowboxes look fairly deep, so they probably wouldn’t be suitable for a small room where they might eat into the floor space. A wall of shallower boxes or a border of deeper boxes at eye level might work better. You’d also need to be careful if you put the shadowboxes in a bathroom or kitchen where humidity or aerosolized grease might damage the display items. “Real” shadowboxes with glass fronts can be expensive, but since these lack the glass you could build your own simple wooden boxes or even use sturdy cardboard. Cheap, easy, and highly unique.

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The Dragonry

June 15th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Dragon EggsI’ve mentioned DadCanDo in the past, but since they’ve done a bit of reorganizing I wanted to call your attention to The Dragonry.

It’s a whole section of dragon-related items, like these dragon eggs made from blown eggs and hot glue, the Dragon Hunter’s Goggles which could double as an inexpensive Steampunk accessory, and loads more. The projects are fairly easy and use readily-available materials, and they’re a marvelous source of inspiration.

A “real” dragon’s egg would make a wonderful and unique gift for a child (or a Game of Thrones-obsessed adult). It appears that their example uses a chicken egg, but since it’s embellished with hot glue and then painted there’s no reason you couldn’t use a larger plastic or wooden egg instead. Add some suitable documentation as to the egg’s provenance and perhaps a pretty wooden box to keep it in, and you’d have a lovely display piece.

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The Steampunk Roadster

June 14th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Steampunk RoadsterLegendary steampunk modder Jake von Slatt has just completed his most ambitious–and, apparently, his last–makeover. He bought a 70s-era kit car on eBay and completely transformed it into a phenomenal steampunk confection. He offered it for sale and it was purchased within a day, but you can still see his process photos and drool over the vehicle in this video:

Although he’s claiming that this is his last steampunk project, it doesn’t seem to mean that he’s retiring from the steampunk community. He’s just not planning to do any more mods involving “steampunkifying” modern objects. A pity; he has a definite gift.

(via BoingBoing)

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Spectralities

June 13th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Rik Garrett is launching a new video series which explores “the historical exchange between art, science, and the occult.” The first episode covers the beginnings of Spiritualism.

(via Haute Macabre)

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Day of the Link Dump

June 10th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Flayed Human Skull Antipasto Platter – The “meat head” is a fairly standard Halloween party dish, but this one is quite nicely done. Also includes a link to a recipe for coal-black bread. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Voodoo Cloaks – A look at the “technicolor” clothing associated with the religion of Voodoo in Benin.

How Forensic Scientists Once Tried to “See” a Dead Person’s Last Sight – Smithsonian has an interesting article about the old belief in optography.

Goth Block – Heavy-duty sunscreen in a black container.

Klements – UK clothing company featuring unusual printed fabrics. I like the bird skeleton on Freaks.

Leatherback Turtle Mouth – The inside of a Leatherback turtle’s mouth looks like something out of a horror movie.

Haunted House Silhouettes – Downloadable patterns for making spooky window decorations. (via Shellhawk’s Nest)

13 Fun Facts About “Scooby-Doo” – A roundup.

Lost American Superstitions – Neat list of “lost” superstitions from early 20th Century America. My grandma subscribed to more than a few of these. (Hat tip to pdq)

Unconventionally Adorable Plush Toys – These knitted and felted creatures by Hiné Mizushima are weirdly cute.

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The Ring vs. The Grudge

June 9th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Last week in Japan the opening of a national baseball game was “interrupted” by the ghosts from The Ring and The Grudge. Sadako (whose cleats, I believe, are my favorite part of this whole weird endeavor) pitched against a blood-streaked Kayako and her ghostly son. Because why not.

It was a promotion for the upcoming horror movie Sadako vs. Kayako, but I could just as easily believe that it was something the baseball team had decided to do for the hell of it. You could tell me literally anything happened in Japan and I would accept it without question.

Here’s a trailer for the upcoming movie. It’s a crossover in the Freddy vs. Jason vein, and according to Wikipedia the film was first teased as an April Fool’s joke last year. I can believe that, too.

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Seen Online

June 8th, 2016 by Cobwebs

If reincarnation is real, I wonder if I’ve ever read anything about my previous life without realizing it.
rShowerThoughts

Dads in horror movies always have the most chill explanations.
“Our son is covered in pentagrams!”
Well maybe he’s just allergic to dairy.
robfee

“You fought valiantly, soldiers. May your bodies one day interrupt an important infrastructure project.”
– ancient burial
ReimannCometh

don’t worry about hipster zombies, they won’t eat anyone you know
GrantTanaka

[me, attempting to communicate with the dead] “hey u up lol”
[ouija board spells out “READ AT 11:57 PM”]
timcuckley

Sex with me is like tossing a hotdog down a hallway. It’s a lot more fun than you expected.
justabloodygame

the only real downside of being a virgin is that u can literally be used as a blood sacrifice at any given moment
cheezetits

You don’t need a parachute to go skydiving. You need a parachute to go skydiving twice
rShowerThoughts

Tarantulas make great pets because when they die, rather than grieving you’ll feel an almost overwhelming sense of relief
WheelTod

We are gathered here today because SOMEBODY *glares at coffin* couldn’t stay alive.
donutsornonuts

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