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Edward Gorey

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Edward Gorey (b. 1925- d. 2000) was an author and illustrator of many unique books that often appear to be children's stories (due to their short length, usually under 100 pages.) His books, probably best described as gothic graphic novels, are strange, ominous, and darkly humorous.

Gorey is probably best known for his drawings used for the animated opening to the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) television show "Mystery!" He has also done countless illustrations for books by other authors, including John Bellairs. If you haven't read Gorey yet you may want to start with the Gashlycrumb Tinies. It's a prime example of his dark humor and unique artistic style.

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Ascending PeculiarityAscending Peculiarity

This is a great book for Gorey fans. Includes selected interviews with Gorey, and surprisingly there seem to be quite a few, although he was known to be reticent about interviews and public appearances. They provide a lot of insight into Gorey as a person, an author, an artist, a ballet-lover, and much more. Humorous in a strange way, much like his books.


The Other Statue The Other Statue

Gorey fans will enjoy this dark vintage offering, which was first printed in 1968 and has been out of print until this year. Gathered for the annual charity fete at Backwater Hall in Mortshire, the assembled guests are suddenly disrupted by the mysterious death of their host, Lord Wherewithal and the theft of the family's heirloom, the Lisping Elbow. The Other Statue is a gothic mystery filled with exquisite details and haunting images (both in the illustrations and the words.) It leaves its readers pondering and wondering what happened to the sequel, "The Night Bandage", promised "to follow" on the back cover.

The GashlyCrumb Tinies or After the Outing The GashlyCrumb Tinies or After the Outing

"A is for Amy who fell down the stairs. B is for Basil assaulted by bears. C is for Clara who wasted away. D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh..." This book generously provides a macabre rhyming couplet for each letter of the alphabet, with illustrations, of course, describing how each of these ill-fated children met their maker.

The Headless Bust: A Melancholy Meditation on the False Millennium (1999)

The Haunted Tea Cosy: A Dispirited and Distasteful Diversion for Christmas (1998)


Collection of Gorey stories includes the macabre humor of "the Gashlycrumb Tinies", the burlesque of "the Curious Sofa", the absurdity of "the Doubtful Guest", the dry wit of "the Unstrung Harp."

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John Bellairs (Illustrated by Edward Gorey)

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

The Mummy, the Will and the Crypt

The Drum, the Doll and the Zombie

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