The Art of Darkness

Holiday Gift Idea (Woo-Hoo)

December 3rd, 2016 by Cobwebs

ShellHawk of ShellHawk’s Creations makes beautiful ceramics, both for Halloween and for the rest of the year. Right now she’s got some great ceramic spider and jack-o’-lantern ornaments, as well as some gorgeous impressionistic ornaments.

She’s doing a special promotion right now for the Holiday season so you can pick up a few things for yourself and those special people on your shopping list. Use code HOLIDAY2016 at checkout for 15% off your minimum purchase of $25.

You can find her store here.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Link Dump

December 2nd, 2016 by Cobwebs

Dear 2016 I Made You This Ornament – Tutorial for making a dumpster fire ornament, which is pretty much a perfect summation of this whole fricking year. (Hat tip to pdq)

The Strange Tale of an X-rated Haunting – This early-60s psychology experiment was sort of adorable.

Progress – Great post about “society” despairing of the modern woman…in 1915.

Disney Halloween Medley – Neat a capella performance.

Creatures of The Cthulhu Mythos – Some great illustrations. Here are Part 2 and Part 3.

Ghostbusters 2016 Proton Pack – Instructable for a DIY version of the new gear.

Munsters House – Preassembled model of 1313 Mockingbird Lane, suitable for HO scale train layouts.

Pranking a Motion-Sensitive Camera – Police in Kansas set up a camera to investigate reports of a mountain lion in the area, and somebody decided to have some harmless fun with it. (Hat tip to xJane)

Selkies and Swan Women – The visual on this is just spectacular.

Gift Shrouds – Gift wrap with spooky designs like bats and spiders. Just in time for the holidays!

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I Am Link Dump, Hear Me Roar

November 25th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Dracula’s Tango – One-hit wonder Toto Coelo followed up their one hit (“I Eat Cannibals”) with this…thing. Shared with me by Pixel Pixie, with the comment, “I suffered through this, so now you have to too.”

Modern Mimics – The D&D monster disguised as random modern items.

Hey Chickadee! – Some super-cute carved acrylic jewelry with Halloween themes.

Tarot of Cocktails – Deck of Tarot-inspired illustrated cocktail recipe cards.

Guro – NSFW. A look at Japanese “erotic horror” art.

cursed images – A Twitter feed of oddness.

Dyed Bat Embryos – Lovely images of bat embryos with dyed skeletons. They look like something a supervillain would keep as a pet.

Antecedents of Igor – Neat, scholarly history of mad scientists’ assistants.

Mémoires Vives – Short film which follows a man’s journey into the afterlife. (via Spooky Moon)

Anatomical Human Heart – A lovely crotchet pattern.

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Link Dumps

November 18th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Octopus Headpiece – “Yarncrafting” idea for designing a tentacular hat.

It’s a studded hairbow, with an eyeball, with a skull – It’s also $45 plus shipping and could be DIYd for a fraction of that.

Floral Anatomy Embroideries – Fiber artist Myfanwy embroiders realistic bones and organs decorated with colorful flowers. They’re quite striking.

Beware the Slenderman – Teaser for an upcoming documentary about everybody’s favorite Creepypasta.

Little-known downsides of immortality – I think about the third one a lot in regard to silphium.

Reimagining a Shadowy Medieval Brotherhood That Probably Didn’t Exist – Interesting look at the (alleged) Rosicrucian fraternity.

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners – New book about the things Victorians didn’t discuss in polite society.

Medieval Death Bot – Twitter account which tweets real deaths from Medieval coroners’ rolls.

Accorded Neutral Territory Sign – Replica of the sign that hangs in Harry Dresden’s favorite bar.

Winnie the Pooh Does Hastings – A “lost section” of the Bayeux Tapestry.

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The Call of the Link Dump

November 11th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Bats Do Not Make Good Pets – They’re adorable, but should be admired from afar.

A Study in Scarlet Women – The first in what appears to be a planned series of “feminist Sherlock Holmes” novels.

Ranking Pumpkin Beers – Draft Magazine tasted, reviewed and ranked 86 different pumpkin beers. That’s…that’s a lot of pumpkin beer.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House – Review of a new thriller involving a young caregiver in a possibly-haunted house. The character of her elderly employer is based on novelist Shirley Jackson. (via Beans)

A Book by its Cover – Interesting look at the practice of binding books in human skin.

The Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Buying a Real Haunted House – An (apparently) serious guide to buying a “real” haunted house.

5 Real-Life Creatures That Could Inspire Science Fiction – An affectionate look at some of the weird creatures who…walk among us (dun dun dun!).

Nightmare Fuel – Roundup of “21 horrifying moments from children’s entertainment.”

Twins in a Bathroom – This is a great, harmless prank if you have a twin lying around handy.

Dark AF Makeup Products to Match Your Soul – Roundup of some attractive colors. (via Burning Prairie)

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Remember to Vote!

November 8th, 2016 by Cobwebs

VoteIf you’re a U.S. citizen, remember to vote today. Don’t put it off. Don’t decide it’s too much trouble. Vote like your future depends on it, because it does.

Not voting will make Benjamin Franklin cry. You don’t want Benjamin Franklin to cry, do you? Look; his lip is already quivering. Go vote, you monster.

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A Link Dump Named Desire

November 4th, 2016 by Cobwebs

8 Macabre Nonfiction Books to Sink Your Teeth Into This Fall – A small selection of interesting-sounding titles.

11 Questions with Elvira – The AV Club interviews Cassandra Peterson about her new “coffin table” book.

Dead Hearts – Short film about true love between a little boy who wants to be a mortician and a blind kung fu aficionado who loves taxidermy.

Terror-Forming – Interesting article on “fear ecology.”

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge – Urban fantasy in which magic is based on booze, and a group of heroic bartenders fight monsters.

Chronicle Cremation Designs – Company which incorporates a loved one’s ashes into ceramic objects like coffee mugs. There’s an article about them here. (Hat tip to pdq)

The Nightmare Machine – Researchers are trying to teach artificial intelligences how to terrify humans. What could possibly go wrong?

I-Scream Cakes – Cakes depicting horrifyingly accurate human hearts, bloated ticks, brains (with attached spinal cord), and other appetizing things.

Vac-tastic Plastic – Vacuformed wall decorations that look like oversized vintage Halloween masks.

Pensieve Wedding Gift – This is such a creative idea.

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November 2nd, 2016 by Cobwebs

Slytherin Common RoomAmbient sounds are great as background noise when you’re working on some task, and if the ambience you’re interested in is the bridge of the Enterprise or a rainy evening on 221B Baker Street, Ambient-Mixer has you covered.

The site is a community-driven project which works to provide unique audio loops without the need to download apps or software. There are lots of general ambient noise categories like crackling fireplaces and ocean waves, but there’s also a whole section called “Movies and Series” with loops titled “Riding with the Winchesters,” “Slytherin Common Room,” “Late Dinner in Winterfell,” and “Shores of Valinor.”

Many of the other categories are worth exploring: The “At Home” section, for instance, has a loop called “D&D Pub/inn” which includes sounds like clinking glasses and cutlery, footsteps on wood, and a crackling fireplace. That’s a great background piece to set the mood for a new D&D campaign. There are also “Unreal Ambiences” with titles like “Open Space Port” and “Mermaid Song” which could be similarly useful.

The site also allows you to mix tracks to your liking, and upload your own sounds to share with others. The files are all shared under a Creative Commons license, so you can use them to your heart’s content.

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Bonus Halloween Link Dump

October 31st, 2016 by Cobwebs

The year has finally rolled around to my very favorite day. By way of celebration, have an extra serving of piping-hot links.

Happy Halloween!

Bwitches – “A feminist comedy series about two friends who use their magic powers to vanquish the sexism and racism they face in modern Hollywood.”

Frankenkuties Pencil Dress – Cute Rockabilly-style dress featuring chibi versions of Frank and his Bride.

The Historian – Eerie novel which follows a fictional search for Dracula’s tomb.

7 Haunted Dolls You Can Buy on eBay – I love that one is described as a “rare antique” haunted doll. None of your modern poltergeist-infested Barbies for me, thanks!

The King in Yellow – Free online copy of the short story collection that helped inspire H.P. Lovecraft. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Frodo Didn’t Fail – I get a kick out of long, scholarly analyses of teensy little details in LOTR.

Pumpkinshine – Illustrations of an attempt to make pumpkin “wine.”

A Rather Haunted Life – New biography of author Shirley Jackson. There’s a review here. (Hat tip to pdq)

Harry Potter Boudoir Photoshoot – Woof. Semi-NSFW. (I’m trying to figure out what the big tattoo on his arm is. Any ideas?)

Candy Corn Crawlers – Edible googly-eyed spiders.

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The Link Dump of Dorian Gray

October 28th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Harry Potter Makeup Brushes – Now you can apply your cosmetics with a wand.

Tiny Hamster is a Zombie – Yet another installment in the Tiny Hamster series. (via pdq)

Ghost Chocolate Cups – Easy, cute party-friendly candies.

Blood Lube – Indiegogo campaign for blood-red personal lubricant. There are so many potential jokes for this that my cerebrum just fused.

Spooky Podcasts – A roundup.

Signal Boost!: From the Darkness, He Boosted – An important message about Goth Awareness.

Diamond Skull Tutorial – This makeup instruction video is magnificent.

Skeleton Flash Drive – This li’l skeleton helpfully holds his skull in his hands when you insert him into a USB port.

DIY Pensieve Punch – Great party idea from EPBOT.

The Disrespectful Summons – Complete text/art of an Edward Gorey poem.

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