The Art of Darkness

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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7 Responses

  1. LimeyFish Says:

    Re the XKCD link: most of ED’s poems can also be sung to the tune of “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” but I think I’m going to sing them to Gilligan’s Island from now on.

  2. Maven Says:

    A teacher did Dickenson to Yellow Rose. It scarred me for life. To this day I sing “Because I Could Not Stop For Death he kindly stopped fer meeeeeeeeee” in the hokey-est Texas twang I can manage.

  3. xJane Says:

    Ah, poor Emily Dickenson: her whole body of work destroyed by folk music.

    I like the idea of chalkboard pumpkins, but I like the idea of just spray painted black jack o’lanterns even better! I’m sure this is not a new idea, but black pumpkins with a candle in them seem even more spooky than orange ones—you can even hide them in bushes (with battery-operated, not flaming, lights) for an even more creepy eyes-are-watching-you vibe.

  4. pdq Says:

    Worser and worser: did any of you realize that Amazing Grace can be sung to just about ANY pop tune?? Not just GI, but try putting the words to Barbara Ann. CANNOT BE UNSUNG.

  5. Chas Says:

    Whenever you get tired of Emily, you can always sing The Raven to the tune of Deck the Halls.

    Once upon a midnight dreary
    Fa la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

  6. Durandal Says:

    Also worth noting: Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” can also be sung to the tune of “Gilligan’s Island.” And it’s even more thematically appropriate!

    (‘I fear thee, ancient Mariner!
    I fear thy skinny hand!
    And thou art long, and lank, and brown,
    As is the ribbed sea-sand.

    The many men, so beautiful!
    And they all dead did lie:
    And a thousand thousand slimy things
    Lived on; and so did I.)

    Hours of fun!

  7. LimeyFish Says:

    Sherwood Schwartz had no idea what effect his creation would have…

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