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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Link Dumps

December 25th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Letters to Satan Claus – KBSpangler live-tweeted this completely bonkers send-up of Hallmark Christmas movies.

Bird Lamps – These lamps resembling ravens playing with lightbulbs are great. I believe that there are also mice and other creatures, but the website was apparently designed by a Yorkie on crack and I didn’t hang around to be sure.

Praying Mantis Crochet Pattern – Pattern for a surprisingly detailed mantis.

Rest in Pieces – An “oddity shop,” heavy on the animal bits. This shop was brought to my attention by the inimitable Pixel Pixie, who sent me a link to the buffalo scrotum. (When I asked what I was supposed to do with this information, the response was, “Get two. Make earrings.”)

Nick Cave Says No One Has Bought His Erotic Wallpaper – The fact that this headline doesn’t even break the top 100 weird headlines for the year says a lot about 2020.

Please link me to a SCARY/BATSHIT/WILD long-form article – This thread has some great recommendations.

Little Dragon Puppet – Video tutorial for a cute little dragon which sits on your hand.

Finding Fiends – Entertaining webtoon about a guy who does a YouTube show about cryptids and his roommate, The Mothman. There are additional entries on the artist’s Tumblr, like this one.

Yip Yips – Free crochet and knit patterns for the Yip Yip muppets.

Collector’s Item – Peter Lorre and Vincent Price did a pilot for a TV series about two crime-solving antique dealers. Part 2 | Part 3 (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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A Link Dump Sang in Berkeley Square

December 4th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Holiday Mask Caddy – An amusing DIY project, right down to the fabric of the masks.

Gil Wizen – Entomologist who sells gorgeous prints of insects, along with ethical mounts of things like tarantula molts.

Stages of Decomposition Embroidery – Nicely detailed, slightly macabre embroidery.

Ghost Girl Greetings – Cute and spooky wrapping paper and greeting cards. They’re running a promotion for the next couple of days for saving 13% on their website with code ODDHOLIDAY.

Mixtape: Disco Dracula – A rather mindboggling playlist. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Barnhouse Settlement Embroidery – Really neat embroidered representation of an overhead view of the Barnhouse Neolithic settlement in Orkney.

The Repair Shop Gothic – Amusing short story: “What if The Repair Shop was in the business of bringing things back to life…that were better left dead.”

Memento Mori Hair Fork – Gorgeous copper hair accessory featuring a traditional gravestone decoration. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Who is the Sexiest Satan? – A thread of greatness.

Horror Deconstructed – An interesting look at how horror “works,” and how to apply it to your RPGs. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Spider Stitches – Gorgeous embroidered patches of arachnids and other creepy-crawlies.

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A Modern Link Dump

November 13th, 2020 by Cobwebs

The Selling – Horror comedy about a real estate agent trying to sell a haunted house. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Mary Wollstonecraft seeing her statue for the first time – Susan Harrison sums it up for everybody.

Terrifying Aliens – Cool SFIA video about aliens who are somewhat less benign than E.T. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Happy – A new song by Danny Elfman. (Warning: There are flashing lights in the video.)

Five Amazing But Sadly Forgotten Animated Halloween Specials! – I remember watching a nonzero number of these, but even I somehow missed the Scrabble one. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Knit a Jackalope – It’d be easy enough to add wings if you wanted a Wolpertinger instead.

Naples’ Cult of the Souls of Purgatory – Neat Atlas Obscura piece about the Cemetery delle Fontanelle. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

1 like = 1 British candy Amusing Twitter thread.

Victorian Farm – MeFi thread about the BBC series Victorian Farm and several similar documentaries about modern people living as though they were in some past historical period, using only the technology and materials which would have been available at the time. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Animal X-rays – The Oregon Zoo did a fun thread of the spooky scary skeletons that live inside some of their animals. Looking at a beaver’s tail, you just know that a lot of dinosaur reconstructions are wrong.

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House of Link Dumps

October 30th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Webbed – Indie game in which you play an Australian spider on a quest to save her boyfriend. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Demiurgus Dreams – Etsy shop full of lovely miniature sculptures, including dragons and ghosts.

Remastered Bride of Frankenstein Score – I find it a bit twee that the score is being remastered onto vinyl, but this is still pretty neat. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Eyeball Cake – Cute, easy cake decorated with Oreo eyeballs.

Earn $20K EVERY MONTH by being your own boss – Amusingly creepy short film. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Curbside – There really is an xkcd for everything.

Tim Burton Bringing The Addams Family Back to TV – He’d better not fuck this up. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Resident Alien – Trailer for a new series starring Alan Tudyk.

Monster Swim – Bobby “Boris” Pickett had exactly one (1) hit and rode its coattails for the next 50 years. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Halloween Projects from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories – A roundup.

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Sex, Link Dumps, and Videotape

October 16th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Sandworm Mood Light – The Beetlejuice merch you didn’t know you needed. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Traces – Artist Valerie Hammond did a series of creepy mixed-media pieces featuring flowers and vines and ghostly hands.

Creatures of the Fae Playing Cards – Deck of standard cards with attractive hand-drawn illustrations.

Watermelon Shark – Instructions for carving a shark who will helpfully hold fruit salad in his maw.

Children of the Stones – A 10-part audio drama based on a spooky TV series of the same name.

Geeki Tikis – Makes pop-culture tiki mugs, including horror icons.

Elvira: Don’t Cancel Halloween – A music video of greatness. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Origin Story – Odd, melancholy little story about the last of the fairies, who works in a charnel house.

NMBC Tarot Deck – Novelty tarot deck with lovely illustrations. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

MousesHouses – Artist Maggie Rudy makes delightful little dioramas featuring mice and other animals.

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The Link Dump in the Willows

October 9th, 2020 by Cobwebs

11 Sinister Haunted House Stories for Fans of Shirley Jackson – A roundup.

Curator’s Crypt – The Poe Museum has a cool YouTube channel. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Read Spooky Stories for Kids – @Literature_Lady is working with a school to put together a read-aloud library for their online students. You can volunteer to video yourself reading a kid-friendly scary story.

Menagerie Wine Pourers – Bottle toppers which make it appear that the wine is pouring out of the figure’s mouth. Several spooky designs, including skulls and ghosts. You can see the zombie pourer in action here. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Bat Brooches – Lovely bat-themed vintage jewelry.

Emmitt and the Columbarium – A comic about the San Francisco Columbarium and the man who spent 26 years restoring it.

Live-Tweeting Frankenstein – The same person who did hilarious live-tweets of Dracula and Carmilla is back again.

Horror Novel Recommendations – A roundup

Star Trek: Generations Ending – This isn’t even faintly spooky, but it cracked me up.

The Halloween Shirt Company – Great vintage-look T-shirts with Halloween themes. This one is my favorite. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump of Cthulhu

September 18th, 2020 by Cobwebs

DIY Candy Slide – Hand out candy on Halloween while still social distancing. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Dark Histories – Podcast of “our darkest moments, deepest mysteries and strangest happenings.”

Metal Like Blood in the Dark – A robotic fairy tale by T. Kingfisher.

Vlad Dracula Cookies – These are pricey for cookies, but I have to admit that they’re very well-done. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Bloody Disgusting’s Fall Reading Guide – A reading list for the spooky season.

Treat Town – Since Halloween is canceled, this site allows you to indulge in some virtual trick-or-treating. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

southern gothic bot – Novelty Twitter account. “The spinster’s house was lush that spring, full of doors and sleeping creatures.”

Masks of Nyarlathotep Gamer Prop Set Unboxing – I love gamer props, and this set is very cool. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Grave Secrets – “An adventure with zombies. And vampires. And romance. And croquet.” The author discusses the book here.

The York Ghost Merchants – A shop in York makes adorable little ghost figurines. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Last Link Dump on the Left

September 4th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Monsterologist – All kinds of great patches, buttons, T-shirts, and other items with cryptozoology/paranormal themes. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Horror Plot Generator – Amusing novelty Twitter account. “While grieving the death of their uncle, a babysitter suspects their ex-husband has been replaced by a jabberwock.”

Grim Reaper Doll – The most kawaii Reaper you have ever seen.

Fleur Fatale T-shirt – Attractive botanical chart of poisonous flowers. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection – UT Austin’s Ransom Center has digitized their Edgar Allan Poe collection and made it available online.

Viola Bloom, Viola Bloom – Creepy horror comic by Adam Ellis.

How to Make an ApotheScary Cabinet – Video tutorial for a lovely cabinet makeover. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Monster Standup Comedy – I want to see a whole series of these ‘toons.

Funny Story – A Twitter thread of greatness.

Kill John Wilkes Booth – Reddit user BuiltByBlatt made a wonderfully detailed faux-vintage penny arcade game. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Journey to the Center of the Link Dump

August 21st, 2020 by Cobwebs

A Children’s Cartoon About H.P. Lovecraft Was Somehow a Thing – I have so many questions. So, so many. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Magic Circle Phone Charger – Wireless charger that looks glowy and mystical.

Ghost Story – A fun Twitter story about a haunted house.

Dungeons and Diversity – Gorgeous D&D minis featuring characters in wheelchairs.

Victorian Women’s Dress Code – Interesting thread on the rules of etiquette surrounding women’s dress.

Char-voodoo-rie Board – Neat ouija-themed charcuterie board. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Reign of Sin/Rule of Virtue – Deck of playing cards with amazing illustrations of fantasy creatures.

Grandmother Beetroot – Lovely little ‘toon about a fairytale grandmother.

Valentino Fall 2020, or, Gowns for Ghost Brides – A fashion thread of greatness.

Tower of Strength – Members of The Cure, Depeche Mode, Smiths, Banshees, Bauhaus, and others did a remake of The Mission’s “Tower of Strength” for Covid-19 Relief. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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No Man is a Link Dump

July 31st, 2020 by Cobwebs

Special shout-out to Pixel Pixie, who submitted fully half of this week’s links.

Happy Halloween, Scooby Doo! – Upcoming animated movie in which the gang teams up with Elvira. Cassandra Peterson found a niche and filled the everliving hell out of it. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Bedroom Monsters – A thread of greatness.

Pub Songs Of Ireland: The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air – Stefan Murphy reimagines the TV theme as a dirgelike folk song and it is AMAZING. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Nicolas Delort – Artist whose work includes a gorgeous set of illustrations depicting classic Universal monsters.

Vampire Slaying Kit – This is most likely a Blomberg Kit instead of an authentic antique, but it’s still pretty. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Disney Villains – An evaluation of various villains based on two criteria: Are they redeemable, and do they fuck?

A Lost Boys Prequel Musical Is Getting Closer to Release – The musical nobody asked for, exploring David’s backstory, which nobody asked for. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

CarnsorePoint – Etsy shop specializing in gorgeous tentacular metal door handles.

Jurassic Park Updates – Novelty Twitter “brand” account for Jurassic Park. “The velociraptors are evolving quickly and beginning to use tools. so far they’re only using carpenters squares and stud finders though so we’re not worried” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Squishable Plague Doctor – The cuddliest li’l looming menace you ever did see.

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