The Art of Darkness

Pretty Link Dumps All in a Row

May 26th, 2017 by Cobwebs

The Dark Crystal Trailer – Netflix is turning the movie into a series. Here’s a first look.

Victor Frankenstein Rant – A tweet of epicness.

Backyard Bat Hanging Sculptures – Pretty handmade copper garden decorations.

A Brief History of Goths – Interesting, short TED-Ed video which traces the word from ancient barbarians all the way through its use as a descriptor for a subculture. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Giblets the Anatomy Bunny – Cute plush bunny with removable organs.

The Medieval Agricultural Year – Interesting look at farming by the seasons.

Morbid Curiosity – Review of a cool-sounding trivia/discussion card game about death.

As Nice As Mice – Etsy shop specializing in li’l felt mice, including several dressed for Halloween. My favorite is “Mouseferatu.” (via Spooky Moon)

Ultima Online Massacre – This carefully-planned mass murder is both hilarious and infuriating.

Highly Evolved Bats – Really interesting discussion of bat anatomy and behavior in speculating how a “human” with bat ancestry instead of primate ancestry might look and behave.

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Link Dump of a Wimpy Kid

May 19th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Junkrat Cosplay – This entire costume is amazing, but the wig that makes it look like the character’s hair is on fire is particularly cool.

A Tenth Life – Sweetly melancholy little tweetstory by @MicroSFF.

The Beauty of Horror – Adult coloring book with intricate, creepy illustrations to color. There’s also a sequel.

How Did Dracula Become the World’s Most Famous Vampire? – Neat animated TED talk on the Dracula phenomenon. The full lesson is here. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Werewolf Myth – The last line made me giggle.

The Calvarium – Fabric, furniture, and other “unique hauntings for life.” (via Shellhawk)

THe Bat Man of Mexico – Interesting article about one man’s quest to encourage bat-friendly tequila manufacture.

Sheep Marketing Ploy – A lovely filk about Fenton, Death Sheep from Hell.

Lego Spider – This big, hairy Lego tarantula is amazing.

Bat Bags – Great roundup of batty handbags.

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Seen Online

May 17th, 2017 by Cobwebs

If I had a time machine I’d go and hide in the future and jump out and scare everyone when they arrive.

The mortal dipped the quill in his blood, and paused. “What do you need souls for, anyway?”
The demon hesitated. “Company. We get lonely.”

On average, a human will swallow 20 spiders in their sleep, yet no one seems interested in finding out who is putting spiders in your mouth.

Old people that say tattoos are a waste of money: You have entire cabinets dedicated to plates that no one is allowed to use.

My body is a temple. It’s full of traps and an ancient, unspeakable curse.

Parents aren’t scared of Haunted Hayrides-we’re used to sticky people jumping out of the dark while yelling & poking us with weird objects.

Story about a guy tormented by visions of the dead, but he never notices, because he’s always looking at his phone

The Wizard of Oz may not have been a very good wizard, but he was able to make a fully functional 3D hologram with early 1900’s technology.

You know that tattoo you sometimes see of cobwebs on the elbows… What are they trying to say? That they rarely dust their elbows?

Full moon is over. It’s okay. I was vaccinated against it. I don’t change anymore. That’s good.
I’m good.
But sometimes I miss being human.

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The Link Dump From Beyond Infinity

May 12th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Vampire Bats are Nerds – In response to this post, c-rowlesdraws drew a nerd bat and then the obvious followup.

Horror Movie Blooper Reels – I think there should be bloopers at the end of every horror movie so it’s easier to sleep afterwards.

Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe – A look at the “phenomenon of Poe,” and locations associated with him that can be toured. (via Cat)

The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 – This board game based on John Carpenter’s The Thing sounds like a lot of fun.

Hatching Pumpkin – Iguanamouth responds brilliantly to a reader request.

Thunderhead – So. Thrash Grass is thrash metal combined with bluegrass and here’s a sample.

Skeleton Lamps – Everybody needs a posable life-sized skeleton body lamp. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Bejeweled Skeletons – Smithsonian Magazine has some great photos of blinged-out Catholic martyrs.

Sandwich Demons – I rather like this series of responses to a writing prompt.

Historic Book Odour Wheel – University College London researchers have created a guide to the smell of old books. (Image of the wheel is near the bottom of the article.)

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Planet of the Link Dumps

May 5th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Silence of the Lambs: A Romantic Comedy – Nicely-done trailer mashup that changes the genre of a movie.

The Devil in America – Novelette by Kai Ashante Wilson, available online for free. (Hat tip to pdq)

Warlock Holmes – An amusing “paranormal adaptation” of the Sherlock Holmes series. There’s also a sequel.

Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets – Interesting article on new scientific techniques being used on bodies such as Tollund Man.

Squeezable Pimple Cupcakes – Sweet Crispy Jesus.

Black Ice Cream – This is cool, but you could probably get a similar effect using black gel food coloring in your favorite ice cream recipe, and it would be much safer.

European Pagan Rituals – Awesome photoset of costumes used in surviving pagan festivals.

Michell Tapia – Jeweler who uses fossil ivory for scrimshaw, making attractive calaveras and other designs. Some of her work can be purchased here. (via Spooky Moon)

Romania’s Problem with Dracula – A look at the myth vs. the reality.

Victorian Mourning Ring – This one incorporates a glass eye from the deceased. That’s…different.

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