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Ruthie Foster proves it, and kicks ass all over the place while doing so
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsZEvbPCvQY
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So I started making a playlist titled "Angels and Devils," with songs that mention or personify either angels or devils.

The devils are definitely winning, so I've had to retitle it "Devil's Music."

This got me wondering if people had favorite recommendations for songs mentioning the devil.

I know you folk music fans have a million of these, and you should post them, but I'm really looking for songs with a rock or metal beat, though I include anything with a great voice in it, like this one with Johnny Cash

Devil Comes Back to Georgia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0XUTD7QYcs
Edited lated: And yes, I already have all the Rolling Stones songs.
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http://www.shadowmanor.com/blog/?p=16331

What, you ask, are netsuke?

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Netsuke started out as utilitarian objects: Little toggles to attach 17th-century Japanese men’s purses* to their belts. Like a lot of mundane objects, they eventually became an outlet for artistic expression until they were essentially intricate, miniature sculptures. And since Japan has a rich mythology, much of which is, from a Western viewpoint, frankly insane, many of these teensy sculptures are very gothy indeed.
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My favorite description is
"some guy who is just entirely too happy to be carrying an octopus"
although, being a Poe fan, I lust after the skull with a raven combination.
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From the Art of Darkness blog, links to images, tutorials, and vendors for adding glowing red eyes to anything
http://www.shadowmanor.com/blog/?p=15875
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The Art of Darkness blog has a link to this tutorial for a Mexican Dia de Los Muertos tin nicho or altar
http://craftingforcheapskates.blogspot.com/2012/07/tin-altar.html#!/2012/07/tin-altar.html
using disposable aluminum baking pans. I've investigated kits for making similar tin panels, and they are extremely expensive, so this idea is economically as well as artistically accessible, although I would opt for something less dangerous than Xacto knives and hot glue guns. Also, if you use some sort of black wash over the tin, you can get a nice antiqued effect, which makes it a great medium for creating spooky Halloween effects (think gnarled old oak tree, serpentine monsters, haunted house, etc.).
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is actually a Website, not a physical location
http://ridiculouslyinteresting.wordpress.com/
featuring posts about such things as advertisements for leeches, Victorian pictures of children with their mothers hiding in the background, tiny coffins found in a Scottish cave, etc., but what I find most interesting is that the blogger is doing a PhD thesis on images of quote monstrous unquote bodies, which means that there is a strong intersection with disability and non-normative bodies. I also think that the embroidered straitjackets are a very cool inspiration for a Halloween costume.
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From The Art of Darkness blog comes this post on using woven paper or fabric strips to make pixilated patterns
http://www.shadowmanor.com/blog/?p=15296
It occurred to me that this would also make a great tactile art project and one could use contrasting paper, ribbons, sfabrics to create more abstract patterns. By using a variety of textures, one might even be able to create some abstracted images such as a fuzzy animal or monster (add stick-on googly eyes), a moonlit sky with shining stars, a sunset, or ocean waves.
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From The Art of Darkness blog comes this post on using woven paper or fabric strips to make pixilated patterns
http://www.shadowmanor.com/blog/?p=15296
It occurred to me that this would also make a great tactile art project and one could use contrasting paper, ribbons, sfabrics to create more abstract patterns. By using a variety of textures, one might even be able to create some abstracted images such as a fuzzy animal, a moonlit sky with shining stars, a sunset, or ocean waves.
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From The Art of Darkness blog
http://www.shadowmanor.com/blog/?p=15097
which includes pictures and information about the tours for the relevant cathedral in Washington, DC (why does the last part not surprise me?).
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If I collected stuff, I would have to have one of these, an actual Lego haunted house
http://www.shadowmanor.com/blog/?p=15272
(the gramophone in the attic completely wins my heart).
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From the Earth and Sky June newsletter--I love thunderstorms! Also note: today is the first day of hurricane season for the Atlantic.

http://earthsky.org/earth/image-the-anatomy-of-a-thunderstorm
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I guess this is wy they call it an agony column. Oddly, it makes me sort of wish that there was a "Talk like a Lovecraft character" day.
http://bygonebureau.com/2012/04/04/h-p-lovecraft-answers-your-relationship-questions/

A day late

Apr. 2nd, 2012 06:13 am
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This link was posted to The Art of Darkness blog. I'm curious what image goes with it, although I am picturing a very pleased small girl standing over the bloody knife-ridden corpseof her brother, drawn in Edward Gorey's style, and a very stern-looking governess.
http://www.someecards.com/april-fools-day-cards/i-really-wish-i-didnt
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The Edwardian Ball
http://edwardianball.com/
is an event which celebrates the work of Edward Gorey. I would be suspicious of the sofas.
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I just read about this steampunk bonsai
http://www.instructables.com/id/Steampunk-Bonsai/
made from a dead bonsai tree and a bunch of gears and electronics but, as I am not electronically inclined, it occurred to me that one could make something vaguely similar from wire and a string of already assembled LEDs, or even a string of Christmas tree lights.

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