The Art of Darkness

I Am Harry Potter

January 17th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Well, not me, personally. Daniel Radcliffe is, though.

It’s nice that he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

(via Topless Robot)

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The Blair Link Dump Project

January 14th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Transcending the Human, DIY Style – Short article on a woman who’s taking body modification to the next level by engaging in homebrew “biohacking.”

Audivox Outdoor Speaker – Instead of the ubiquitous rock, this is shaped like a spooky-looking coach lantern. Nicely atmospheric.

Elk Creek Vineyards – I have no idea what the wine tastes like, but the labels for their Bone Dry Red and Ghostly White are dynamite.

The City – Haunting, incredibly detailed dioramas depicting a post-apocalyptic world.

Zoe Williams – Artist specializing in what could best be described as “mounted mutant stuffed animal trophies.”

This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post – It’s funny because it’s true. Be sure to read the comments as well.

Frankensteinia – Site devoted to all things Frankensteinian, including lots of really nice artwork. (Hat tip to Seigmar S.)

Skull Earphones – Ear buds with evil-looking metal skulls on the front.

Patchwork Pattern Maker – Great tool from the Victoria and Albert Museum: Upload a photograph and it converts it into a pattern for a patchwork quilt. You could probably also use it for cross-stitching.

Blood Spatter Coasters – Handspun coasters made for a “Dexter” gift swap. I love the execution (so to speak).

Hauntcast – Podcasts aimed at Halloween fans.

Baby Bats in Blankets – That’s it. I am dead from the cuteness. Also “baby bats in blankets” is a lot fun to say. (Hat tip to Jo Asakura)

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January 13th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Trophy HeadJacob Petersson of Curiomira is a Swedish artist and propmaker who creates ridiculously lovely, evocative stuff. I am a complete sucker for Wunderkammer objects, and I would love to have an entire room decorated with the “trophies” and other display items that he turns out.

Readers of this blog might particularly like his Memento Mori Music Box and Dracula Memorabilia (I’m especially taken with the “memorial altar” for Mrs. Dracula), not to mention the preserved fairy and Redcap relic. I love the “implied backstory” which objects like these suggest.

His photos should provide excellent inspiration for all kinds of Wunderkammer projects. He also does commission work, so if you really love his stuff you might be able to talk him into doing something custom.

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Things That Have Amused Me Recently

January 12th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Savage Chickens – Now I know how to answer.

The Slightly Vain But Reasonable Queen… – Tom Gauld reimagines Snow White. (You can order the print here.)

The Far Left Side generally tends toward political humor (with a “Far Side” vibe), but this and this are entertaining regardless of political leanings.

Warhol Addams – I’d kind of like a poster of this.

Gary Oldman – Entertaining infographic of Gary Oldman’s roles.

Randall Munro of the always-excellent xkcd recently posted some quick strips he’d drawn as part of a game. I particularly love the “trick or treat” one here and just about all of them here.

Serving the Queen – This makes an excellent point.

Cyanide & Happiness – The last panel hit me just right.

Look at All… – NSFW language. If this were higher-quality I would print it out and hang it in my cubicle.

Wondermark – This sounds like the plot of a bad horror movie.

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It Truly Does Get Better

January 11th, 2011 by Cobwebs

I’ve been thinking about the wonderful It Gets Better Project which gives encouragement to LGBT kids struggling with bullying and disapproval. It’s intended to help those who are in despair realize that there really is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, and they need to hold on in order to get to it. I think that’s a deeply important lesson which goes well beyond just LGBT issues, and applies to any kid who feels marginalized.

I and many visitors to this blog are what I would categorize as “settled” goths: We’re comfortable with ourselves and our lifestyle, and have moved beyond particularly caring whether the mainstream approves. There’s another strain of the goth community, though, who feel like outcasts and embrace the culture as a sort of defense mechanism: If you look weird and scary, people are more likely to leave you alone.

If any of those kids are amongst my readers, I’d like to extend the same message: I swear to you that it gets better.

A friend of mine once made the extremely insightful observation that young people have a tendency to think that however they’re feeling right now is how they’re going to feel forever. As it turns out, you won’t. If you muddle through, you’ll eventually move on, find your footing, and discover that the situation you were in doesn’t apply any more. (High school, in particular, is not even tangentially related to real life, and even though it all seems terribly important right now in a few years you truly won’t give a damn about what any of those people think.)

It really does get better. Hang in there.

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John De Lancie Reads “The Raven”

January 10th, 2011 by Cobwebs

This is sort of a double “squee” for gothy types who also happen to like science fiction: “Q” reads “The Raven.”

It’s apparently part of a new series done by SF replica vendor Quantum Mechanix:

Welcome to the first QMx Masters Series video presentation. Produced by actor/director John De Lancie, Master Series brings you the classics of science fiction, fantasy and horror, performed by some of the best-known names in genre entertainment. In keeping with QMx’s tradition of supporting artisans and their craft, Masters Series distills performance down to its purest form: a single camera, a microphone, the actor and you. It’s an intense, mesmerizing experience you won’t want to miss.

Dude’s got some range.

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Casper the Friendly Link Dump

January 7th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Gargoyles and Grotesques – An extensive photo roundup.

Haunted Air – Interesting book featuring snapshots of American Halloween celebrations from 1875 – 1955.

Make a Beaded Spider – Easy tutorial for making pretty little spiders from beads and wire. I love the hairband idea.

Snake Vertebrae Necklace – This is both elegant and creepy. A matching bracelet and ring are also available.

Skully Plates – This is similar to a project I posted about a couple of months ago, but I really like the use of silver leaf in the finished plate. (via Creepy Cupcakes)

Crop Circle Quilt – Quilt inspired by one of the more intricate crop circle designs. Bonus points for being entirely made of recycled fabric.

Photorealistic Latch Hook Rug – Rug patterned after that weird anamorphic skull in Holbein’s The Ambassadors.

Handmade Victorian Fall Wedding – Some lovely ideas for a Halloween- or Harvest-themed wedding.

The Pumpkin House – Every year the mayor of Kenova, WV decorates his house with 3,000 jack-o’-lanterns. Whoa.

The Ghastlies – I love this fabric featuring an Addams-esque family. You can see slightly more detailed photos of the pattern here.

Plates to Die For – Vanity plates on hearses. (Hat tip to pdq)

Muppets with People Eyes – A Tumblr blog devoted to just exactly what it says on the tin. Kermit is creepy as hell.

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Christmas Relics

January 6th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Unicorn HornYes, yes, I realize Christmas is over. This is for next year.

I have made no secret of my esteem for Dave Lowe’s imagination and creativity. He builds all sorts of marvelously whimsical props, decorative objects, and random tchotchkes which frequently include little inside jokes involving pop culture (like the Bumble Tooth he did last year).

For Christmas this year he gave members of his family various “relics,” all of which were based on stories or movies they liked as kids. There’s a keepsake box with some yellow brick wrapped in blue gingham, a telegram alerting General Mann that the Martians have landed, a unicorn horn, a London Times newspaper clipping advertising for a nanny, and several more. They’re all just lovely.

This would be a splendid project to do for one’s own family, particularly since it’s the sort of thing that can be worked on whenever you have a little spare time. Depending upon your particular crafting skills, a representative gift might be as simple as an aged piece of paper in a frame (a page, say, from Jonathan Harker’s diary) or a full-fledged prop with many pieces (a vampire-hunting kit containing appropriately-aged stakes, mallet, holy water, Latin prayer book, etc.).

I’ve definitely got a few ideas for my own relatives, particularly my dad, who is seriously hung up on A Christmas Carol. A page from Scrooge and Marley’s accounts ledger and a brass lion doorknocker, and I’m in business.

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The Weirdest Thing You’ll See All Day

January 5th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Singer Amanda Palmer spoofs Labyrinth.

this ridiculousness was made LAST summer in edinburgh while we were al there for the fringe staying with the fabulous cunninghams.

i got the idea because i was going for a daily jog down that endless walled alley and every single time i did i couldn’t help feeling like i was personally re-enacting that goddamn scene from the movie. every jog, it just got worse.

so one day i got back the cunningham’s house from my jog and asked sam if he had any poor and free filmmaker friends who might be up for coming over and making a re-make of that stupid fucking scene.

(I kept waiting for her to close her damn mouth, but apparently Jennifer Connelly does that in the movie, so she may be deliberately parodying her instead of just being a mouthbreather.)

Anyway, stick around for the cameo at the end.

(via Topless Robot)

p.s. – She and Neil Gaiman got married last Sunday. As Patton Oswalt put it, “Marriage of @amandapalmer and @neilhimself confirmed. Like the Hatfield/Coy War, the Nerd/Goth schism is laid to rest — by love!”

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Seen Online

January 4th, 2011 by Cobwebs

When adults tell kids “You’ll understand when you’re older,” it means “you’ll understand not to ask.”

Phantom cellphone vibrations are your dead ancestors calling you.

If it looks like a duck & quacks like a duck, it’s a murderer, disguised as a duck.

If you spell it “grammer”, you don’t get to correct it.

Sleep tight! And if you should die before you wake — did you clear your browser history?

I like to imagine that braille on random public signs often says: “How did you know this was here?”

The post office should have a theme song and it should be played by Slayer.

Why is it always hair loss & incontinence? Why can’t playing the oboe or the power to summon eagles be side effects? Looking at you, Pfizer.

People who say “If I disappeared, no one would notice” are wrong. Anyone who actually saw you vanish would be pretty freaked out.

There is porn in Hell, but it’s skeleton porn :(

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