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Nightmare Before Christmas Chair

July 6th, 2016 by Cobwebs

NMBC ChairEPBOT recently shared a roundup of fan art which included this gorgeous chair makeover (click to embiggen). Reader Elizabeth C. started with an unfinished chair found at a thrift store, hand-painted the patchwork seat and detailing, and finished it off with a bow made from stiff felt.

The result is really striking, and is also one of those marvelous projects that falls within the skillset of us mere mortals. None of the patchwork patterns are terribly intricate, and the variations in the design actually add to its charm. If you wanted something a little sturdier than felt to use for the bat, thin plywood should work fine and is easy to cut.

If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you could make over a whole dinette set this way. A set of chairs in the patchwork “Sally” pattern matched with a table featuring a border of li’l Jack Skellington faces around the edges would look great and should be manageable over the course of a few weekends.

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Trivia Tuesday

July 5th, 2016 by Cobwebs

  1. This band was formed in the early 80s by identical twins Jay and Michael Aston.
    A) Alien Sex Fiend
    B) Nosferatu
    C) Rosetta Stone
    D) Fields of the Nephilim
    E) Gene Loves Jezebel
  2. What’s the name of the Roman god of War?
  3. It’s a common misconception that Tim Burton directed A Nightmare Before Christmas. Who actually directed the film?
    A) Ray Harryhausen
    B) Henry Selick
    C) Nick Park
    D) George Pal
    E) Phil Tippett
  4. Absinthe is traditionally flavored with what bitter herb?
  5. The first motion-picture adaptation of Frankenstein wasn’t the 1931 version starring Boris Karloff. Instead, it was a “kinetogram” produced in 1910 by this inventor.
    A) Nikola Tesla
    B) Alexander Graham Bell
    C) Guglielmo Marconi
    D) George Eastman
    E) Thomas Edison
  6. In this 1972 fantasy novel, a group of trick-or-treating boys is helped by a mysterious character named Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud.
  7. The most powerful alien/demon in H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos is:
    A) Nyarlathotep
    B) Azathoth
    C) Shub-Niggurath
    D) Yog-Sothoth
    E) Cthulhu
  8. Daveigh Chase, who provided the voice for Lilo Pelekai in Disney’s Lilo and Stitch, also played the “monster” in what 2002 horror movie?
  9. Type O Negative’s Peter Steele wrote “I Like Goils” to make light of the attention he was receiving from gay men after his photoshoot appeared in this magazine.
    A) Penthouse
    B) Celebrity Skin
    C) Playgirl
    D) Hustler
    E) Nuts
  10. What movie has Beetlejuice seen 167 times (“and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it!”)?

(Answers below the fold)

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Roundup of Short Horror Films

July 4th, 2016 by Cobwebs

There’s a nice selection of spooky shorts up at ScoopWhoop, including this one from India.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Link Dumps

July 1st, 2016 by Cobwebs

Elf Spotting Certificate – A recent John Oliver segment mentioned the Icelandic Elf School, where you can earn an honest-to-goodness certificate in Elf Spotting. Just in case you don’t want to go to Iceland and spend thousands of dollars, “Last Week Tonight” has kindly created a free downloadable certificate which is every bit as effective.

Addams Family Baby Crib – The prop crib used for “Pubert” in Addams Family Values is up for auction right now. There are a couple of good photos that would be useful for reference in DIYing your own.

Science Chamber of Horrors – “Presenting the freakiest and most terrifying aspects of science, scientists, and nature.” (via pdq)

Black Bath Bombs – The copy is a little breathless, but these gothy bath bombs are pretty neat.

Netflix Acquires “The Shambling Guide” – Mur Lafferty’s urban fantasy The Shambling Guide to New York City has been picked up by Netflix. Could be fun.

Tinkercast – Etsy shop which sells tights covered with silicon scales. Bored Panda has photos of several different styles.

Feisty Pets – Stuffed animals that snarl when you squeeze them. (Hat tip to Goth Gardening)

How Do I Get a Reincarnation Permit? – I’m mainly just tickled that China has a Buddha database.

Thimbleweed Park – Ars Technica reviews a game that they compare favorably to some of LucasArts’ best stuff.

How to Choose the Pet Bug That’s Right for You – Suggestions for selecting a creepy-crawly playmate. Now I really want a giant millipede.

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