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If you’re still looking…

…for a belated holiday present for your favorite steampunk/airship pirate wannabe/pulp aficionado/Edwardian engineering fan/over-the-top Burner who’s gonna out-do that damn motorized dragon, might I suggest that you could do worse than get them a copy of D’Orcy’s Airship Manual: An international register of airships with a compendium of the airship’s elementary mechanics?

How could you go wrong? It has the word ‘compendium’ in the subtitle!

Hey… does this belong under DIY, too?

[via The Stranger, from an article that’s also worth your while about a Seattle-area bookstore that has installed a print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine.]

The Thanatos Archive

Happy New Year! Today we have a ghoulish visual treat for those of you who feel like you’re dead (or simply wish that you were) this fine New Year’s Day: an online archive of Victorian mourning photos and medical imagery to be found at Definitely one to add to the “Curious Exhibits” section of the blogroll…

Yes, it’s a paid site, but the proprietor maintains a Twitter account (which is how I found him – or, rather, he found me through my Twitter account – go figure) and a Flickr site along with a free preview collection of images.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Saturday vampire dance party

An 11-year-old arranged and played this version of Rush’s YYZ.

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The printed word never looked finer

Stephen King has a new short story for the latest issue of Esquire. I really want to turn the “page” the story is written on to read the other side.

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The 10/31 Project

The 10.31 Project

The 10.31 Project

This is a project I can get behind.

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The 10/31 Project
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Muppetstar Galactica

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Real-life vampire found in plague pit

No, this isn’t a Weekly World News headline (I mean really… would they even know what a plague pit is?) – it’s from Reuters:

By Daniel Flynn ROME (Reuters) – Italian researchers believe they have found the remains of a female “vampire” in Venice, buried with a brick jammed between her jaws to prevent her feeding on victims of a plague which swept the city in the 16th century.

Worth the click…

The Nyarlethotep Crawling Chaos statue

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I was looking at another site and saw an ad that caught my eye. This looked really cool, but I noticed something odd about the statue that wasn’t quite right. No, it’s not the placement of the jagged teeth in the tentacle or the number of slimy appendages. I’m sure those are as close to realistic as the maddened mind of an artist who has had Nyarlathotep, aka The Crawling Chaos, pose could depict.

No, it’s the spelling.

Granted, Nyarlathotep and many other of the Great Old Ones chronicled by their biographer, H.P. Lovecraft, do not have the easiest names to spell or pronounce. But the company appears to have gone with the incorrect spelling of Nyarlathotep used by others, possibly out of the superstitious fear of summoning the Crawling Chaos by mere mention of the proper name. Yet this theory does not seem to hold to the intrepid web master of Sideshow Toys, who does use the correct spelling.

For the price of $249 per statue, it is possible that the manufacturer simply want to assure every possible interpretation of Nyarlathotep’s name is covered for the devout cultists who are sure to want to have this representation of their god to display when they’re unable to be with the real thing.

Now I’m feeling zombiefied/Zombiefied!

If a picture is worth a thousand words (and in this case, it probably is)…

Some brains, milord?

…I probably don’t need to quote the publisher’s summary, but what the Hell!

The Classic Regency Romance—Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

Indeed. That’s pure, weapons-grade awesome in book form. Click on the photo for a link to the publisher’s site.

[link via Andrew Sullivan, title via Alien Sex Fiend]

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