The Art of Darkness

Good Link Dumps

June 28th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Hogwarts Express – This DIY makeover for a child’s bedroom is really clever.

How to Bang your Monster – “A place for monsters/aliens and the people who love to bang them.” (NSFW)

Preya Mask – Crotchet pattern for an insanely detailed “Predator” balaclava.

Paranormal Home Inspectors – I love both the fictional concept and the fact that there’s an actual damn show.

Horror Vanguard – A goth podcast of “leftist politics and horror films.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

Malicious Women Candle Co. – Candles with names like “My Favorite Season Is The Fall Of The Patriarchy” and “Bitches Get Shit Done.” Burn the patriarchy.

Cosplay in America – Tumblr devoted to cosplay culture in the U.S. I sort of love this Lucy and Ethel duo.

The Casebooks Project – “In the decades around 1600, the astrologers Simon Forman and Richard Napier produced one of the largest surviving sets of medical records in history. The Casebooks Project, a team of scholars at the University of Cambridge, has transformed this paper archive into a digital archive.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Queen of the Seas – Gorgeous sculpture of a tentacular mermaid.

Plush Mayhem – Etsy shop full of adorable plush critters like nudibranchs and bats.

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The Link Dump of Sleepy Hollow

June 21st, 2019 by Cobwebs

Rock Eye Peepers – Cute DIY project for garden ornaments that look like rocks giving you the side-eye.

Realistic Harry Potter – An excellent Twitter thread about more plausible reactions to some of the plot points in Harry Potter.

Temples Are Built for Gods – A very sweet response to a writing prompt.

Insect Penis Dildos – This artist makes 3D printed dildos shaped like various insect penises. I don’t even know where to begin with this. (NSFW, obvs.)

Spider Cup – Ceramic mug with a spider in the bottom. The same company has several other designs, including dragons.

Dioramas of Death – A Tokyo woman who works for a cleaning company makes models of rooms where people have died alone.

Dugite Scarf – Free knitting pattern for a snuggly li’l snake scarf.

Goreytelling – A series of short animations based on previously unpublished audio recordings of Edward Gorey. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Person-Eating Puppet Couch – If you’ve got an old sofa you don’t know what to do with, you could turn it into an amazing haunted house prop.

Attack-o’-Lantern – Great idea for pumpkin carving.

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The Link Dump in Winter

June 14th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Crystal Visions – Easy DIY ideas for crystal balls. (Hat tip to xJane)

How the Horror Community is Celebrating Pride Month – My favorite bit is the fact that the producers of The Babadook have fully embraced their accidental status as an LGBTQ icon instead of trying to downplay it.

Rat Silicon Mold – Baking mold for making rat-shaped chocolates, cupcakes, and similar items.

Púca Festival – Ireland is planning a new festival which celebrates it as the birthplace of Halloween. (via Spooky Moon)

Zuul Terror Dog Replica – Spirit Halloween is selling a life-size Ghostbusters terror dog prop.

Monster Etiquette – A guidebook for genteel monster behavior. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Thoughts of a Spiderweb – There’s evidence that some spiders offload some of their thinking and memories to their webs.

The Shortest Story – “Postcard stories from impossible worlds.” Very short stories (sadly not screen reader-accessible, since they’re images). I like this one and this one.

Scooby Doo Origin Stories – This Tumblr thread provides backstories for the Scooby gang and they’re pretty great.

Monster Foot Tutorial – DIY video for realistic-looking cosplay monster feet. (Hat tip to pdq)

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Seen Online

June 11th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Guess who’s got 7 thumbs and a set of keys to a cadaver lab?

[fire alarm]
Hotel California manager: oh no

I’m goth enough to know that if you hear an out-of-tune piano start playing in an abandoned house, you go into that house.

I have a deep-seated fear of running water. Or any liquid with legs really.

TEMP AGENCY: Okay, so, based on past work experience, where would you say your strengths lies?
OOMPAH LOOMPAH: I’m good at singing after a child dies, if you have anything with that.

I love watching horror movies with a dog. I get scared but they’re just like, “hell yeah, bones”

a baby grand piano implies the existence of sex organs

*stifles a laugh as I put the sleeping Wicked Witch’s hand in a pan of warm water*

Just got back from the mutation lab and boy are my arms legs

Me: *cuts the box in half and spins both sides to show the audience*
[from the back of the wake] “dude”

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When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie That’s a Link Dump

June 7th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Ravens – Pretty photos of birbs, and an amusing punchline.

A Litter of Mimics – These are going in my next D&D campaign.

ArtBrothersGlass – Etsy shop offering lovely stained glass decorations and accessories, including things like bats and human hearts. (Not goth, but I love these astronauts).

Gimli and Legolas – There’s a fan theory that Gimli is an absolute Adonis amongst dwarves and Legolas is butt-ugly by elf standards and this comic and rant are all over that idea.

Horror-Themed Breakfast Cereals – I wasn’t going to post these parody cereals and then I hit “Fiber the 13th.”

Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake – This is lovely and Halloween-y and you should probably take a shot of insulin before even looking at the pictures.

Mossbadger – Offers limited edition garments and textiles like this awesome Garden Bat skirt.

CurseChain – An amusing Twitter thread.

These Colorful Piñatas Bring Medieval Monsters to Life – I assume that if you break one of these open, ichor pours out.

Epitaph – This translated ancient epitaph is incredibly poignant.

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