The Art of Darkness

Bunny Bubbles

October 18th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Eyeball SoapAlthough I make my own fat-and-lye soap, I’ve never really gotten into any of the glycerine varieties. I may need to re-think that stance, because the soap that Etsy seller Bunny Bubbles makes is awfully appealing.

In addition to eyeballs (which would be one of those perfect “small details” for a Halloween party, or even as a favor for a Halloween wedding), the shop offers lots of unusual shapes like skull-and-crossbones, cameos, and autumn leaves. The leaves in particular would be lovely in a guest bathroom as a “Halloweenish without being spooky” touch.

The prices are quite reasonable and the seller does custom items, so if there’s a scent or shape you’ve been looking for they might be able to help you out.

(Hat tip to Siegmar.S)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Link Dump

October 15th, 2010 by Cobwebs

The Art of Cutting Leaves – Amazing examples of real leaves that have had images carefully inscribed on their surfaces. (Hat tip to pdq)

Skel-a-Gnomes – Skeletal garden gnomes. It’d be particularly amusing to replace a neighbor’s normal garden gnome with one of these some dark night.

Labels for Bottles – Easy tutorial for making great-looking vintage “metal” labels.

Helmets – Concept helmets featuring designs like “exposed brain” and “walnut.” BoingBoing, where I found this link, says that these are silkscreened, but they look Photoshopped. (A couple are NSFW.)

Rod Serling Action Figure – This is a one-off custom job, which is a pity; I’d buy one.

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake – Weird cupcake recipes, featuring things like marzipan beetles and meringue bones. (via Creepy Cupcakes)

Cuddly Toys with Mental Illnesses – Sly the hallucinating snake, Lilo the obsessive-compulsive hippo, and several others. Yes, really.

Glittersniffer Cosmetics – Vegan-friendly pigments with names like “Pirate Hooker” and “Deliciously Haunted.” They’ve got a Halloween collection, too. (Hat tip to Jessica)

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The Nutshell Studies

October 14th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Nutshell StillBoingBoing recently posted a trailer for an upcoming documentary called “Of Dolls and Murder,” narrated by John Waters. The film (official site here) explores the public’s fascination with forensic science and revolves around “The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” a set of dollhouse-type models depicting murder scenes in intricate detail.

A bit of googling revealed that the dioramas were the work of Frances Glessner Lee, a particularly single-minded heiress who decided to use her fortune to do what she always wanted to do, and it turns out that what she’d always wanted to do was make scrupulously-detailed dioramas of crime scenes. The models were sufficiently accurate that they were used to train police officers, and they’re still sometimes used in forensic seminars.

There’s a book about the dioramas by Corinne May Botz, who also has several photos available at her site (be sure to take a look at some of her other projects whilst you’re there).

In addition to just being really cool, this sounds like fertile ground for a DIY dollhouse project. A miniature cleaver, a little red paint, and you’ve got a grown-up diorama that would definitely be a conversation piece.

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“Look at Your God. Now Look at Me.”

October 13th, 2010 by Cobwebs

(Context for those puzzled folks who haven’t seen the original ad.)

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Seen Online

October 12th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Back in my day, werewolves showed some respect for their traditions and played basketball at least once in every movie.

I only wear a tie at the office to keep my soul from completely leaving my body.

This Halloween I’m going as the asshole who says, “Actually, you’re Frankenstein’s *monster*.”

Burning a book will never lighten the darkness that is terrifying you. Reading it might.

Dear followers, I am deeply sorry for creating Justin Bieber. What started as a joke between me & Moses has gone too far. @satan, help.

Has anyone even gotten a trick for Halloween ever? Fuck treats. Just once I want some old man to be all “KABLAM!” and bust out a minihorse.

My kids know that their punishment won’t be as severe if the bad thing they did was also funny.

There has never been a villain who wasn’t the hero in their own story, or a hero who wasn’t the villain in somebody else’s.

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Rigor Amortis

October 11th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Rigor AmortisSo the subgenre of zombie fiction that we all thought, “Oh, hahaha that’ll never happen because it would end up like this,” has apparently happened and there’s now an anthology of zombie erotica.

Rigor Amortis styles itself as a collection of “Horror and erotica. Zombies and romance.”

Maybe a tender love story is your thing, a husband doting on his wife’s rotting corpse. Or perhaps a forbidden encounter in a secret café, serving up the latest in delectable zombie cuisine, or some dirty, dirty dancing in the old-time honky-tonk. Voodoo sex-slaves and vending machine body-parts? You’ll find those here, too.

Whatever your flavor, these short tales of undead Romance, Revenge, Risk, and Raunch will leave you shambling, moaning, and clawing for more.

And come he slow, or come he fast, It is but Death who comes at last. -Sir Walter Scott, “Marmion”, 1808

There’s also a trailer on YouTube* just in case the written teaser isn’t sufficient, and a (now-closed) contest at Bitten by Books has a bit more information about the project and features several excerpts.

If you’re interested in what would sort of be the ultimate in dirty sex, this is the book for you.

Thanks, xJane!

*xJane, who sent the link, commented that the existence of the trailer “kind of baffles me, since it’s a /book/” and I have to agree.

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An American Link Dump in London

October 8th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Scared Stupid – A roundup of particularly dumb horror movies. (Favorite line: “Coming soon, if history is any indication, a movie featuring a haunted Twitter account.”)

Swingin’ at the Seance – Interesting Halloween-themed album featuring spooky songs from the 1920s – 1940s. Might be fun to have for a retro party.

HalLOLween Shirts – Halloween-themed LOLCats T-shirts. I like this one.

Skull and Crossbones Heels – These are adorable. (Hat tip to Charity)

Pumpkin Topiaries – A good overview of how to build one, plus a few thematic ideas.

Chalkboard Pumpkins – Brief tutorial for making jack-o-lanterns using chalkboard paint. This is one of those head-slappingly brilliant, “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas.

Halloween Prop Challenge Contest – Dave Lowe is inviting readers to create an interesting potion/drink bottle.

xkcd – I would totally play this. (Warning: If you read the mouseover text you’ll never be able to un-read it.)

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31 Days of Halloweddings

October 7th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Spider BouquetLast year Alexa of Hinkenhook planned her own Hallowedding, and she had so much fun that this year she’s sharing a whole month of ideas on her blog.

She’s got suggestions for spooky venues, some great “Save the Date” ideas, and loads more. Her first post is here, and the archive links on the right-hand side are an easy way to get to all of the others.

If you’re planning your own Hallowedding, this should be a fantastic source of inspiration. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the month.

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October Leaves

October 6th, 2010 by Cobwebs

October LeavesScience fiction author Michael Swanwick wrote a short story last fall, one word at a time, on autumn leaves.

I photographed the leaves where I found them — in parks and cemeteries and city streets — and then left them where they lay, possibly to be found by puzzled passers-by. To indicate paragraph breaks, I used photos of gravestones from historic Laurel Hill Cemetery.

The story is available for free in a Flickr set, but if you want a physical copy you can purchase one at Blurb.

This technique could be used for other things, too; I love the idea of a party invitation or other message being conveyed through photographs of leaves.

(via BoingBoing)

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True Mud

October 5th, 2010 by Cobwebs

This Sesame Street skit is sort of “meh” in terms of content, but I’m kind of in awe at the muppets’ resemblance to the various actors.

(via Occupation: Girl)

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