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16th Feb '13 7:09:02 PM Antwan
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Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was a writer/illustrator best known for writing several short tales, often told in rhyme (usually couplets) and very surreal and macabre. The art was a very distinct style of ink drawing that was described as very Victorian. He admitted that his own professional art training was "negligible", but he was still known to have done illustration work for a wide variety of media, including the opening for the Creator/{{PBS}} show ''Mystery!''.

[[AuthorAppeal Gorey had a fondness for anagrams, jumbling up his own name to make several pseudonyms. He also liked ballet, fur coats, tennis shoes and cats, all of which were featured in his work]]. [[OneOfUs He also had an affection for some of the darker TV shows during his time]], including ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''TheXFiles''.

Some of his more notable works:
* ''The Doubtful Guest'' (1957): [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins A strange penguin]]...[[UglyCute thing]] takes up lodgings in a stately mansion and [[TheThingThatWouldNotLeave stays there for 17 years]].
* ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies'' (1963): An alphabet book featuring the [[TheManyDeathsOfYou various gory deaths]] of [[CrossesTheLineTwice 26 small children]].
* ''The Epiplectic Bicycle'' (1969): Two children ride a strange and seemingly magical bicycle on a journey of gothic nonsense.
* ''The Headless Bust: A Melancholy Meditation on the False Millennium'' (1999): Gorey's last published work before his death, involving a giant MindScrew look at the human condition that ends with the reader's brain dribbling out his ears as he tries to make sense of what he's just read.

!!Tropes exhibited in the works of EdwardGorey
* AuthorExistenceFailure: The last compilation contains ''The Izzard Book'' ([[EddieIzzard no relation]]), a collection of words beginning with Z. The pictures become rougher and sketchier until there's nothing but blank paper.
* BlackComedy: Even at his most depressing, Gorey is incredibly deadpan.
* DadaComics: Arguably some of his stranger works veer into this territory. For instance, ''The Inanimate Tragedy'' is about a bunch of small objects committing suicide. ''The Blue Hour'' is about two dogs in bowler hats having [[SeinfeldianConversation bizarre conversations]].
* MeaningfulName: With a name like Edward [[IncrediblyLamePun GOREy]], is no surprise that he wrote ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies''.
* [[RecurringExtra Reoccurring Prop]]: A small white index card appears in every story.
** To a lesser degree, the author's enormous fur coat often turns up.
* {{Retraux}}: Has the look of Victorian or Edwardian illustration.
* ShoehornedFirstLetter: Many of his alphabetical poems would often use, for X, words that actually begin with an E, such as "excited."
** Averted in ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies'' with "X is for [[AwesomeMcCoolname Xerxes]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath devoured by mice]]."
* {{Shotacon}}: In ''The Fatal Lozenge'':
-->''The'' Proctor ''buys a pupil ices\\
And hopes the boy will not resist\\
When he attempts to practise vices\\
Few people even know exist''.
** The illustration accompanying this is also a fine demonstrator of ScaryShinyGlasses in action.
* SignificantAnagram: "Ogdred Weary," "Dogear Wryde", "Regera Dowdy", "D. Awdrey-Gore", "Waredo Dyrge", "E.G. Deadworry"...
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: The titular ''Doubtful Guest''.
* WalkingTheEarth: Three cousins, bored of their small town life, find an old pumpcart and decide to take it for a whirl. Their travels take them further out of the town, and they write back to their families, not sure of when they'll come back, and spend their time visiting odd curiosities before [[GainaxEnding entering a train tunnel and never appearing from the other side.]]
* WordSaladTitle: Several of Gorey's works bear titles with seemingly no relation to the work itself; ''The Blue Aspic'', for example, is about a devious opera singer and her disturbed admirer, while ''The Fatal Lozenge'' is an alphabetical series of poems about people of various occupations and the dreadful things that they do.
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Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was a writer/illustrator best known for writing several short tales, often told in rhyme (usually couplets) and very surreal and macabre. The art was a very distinct style of ink drawing that was described as very Victorian. He admitted that his own professional art training was "negligible", but he was still known to have done illustration work for a wide variety of media, including the opening for the Creator/{{PBS}} show ''Mystery!''.

[[AuthorAppeal Gorey had a fondness for anagrams, jumbling up his own name to make several pseudonyms. He also liked ballet, fur coats, tennis shoes and cats, all of which were featured in his work]]. [[OneOfUs He also had an affection for some of the darker TV shows during his time]], including ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''TheXFiles''.

Some of his more notable works:
* ''The Doubtful Guest'' (1957): [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins A strange penguin]]...[[UglyCute thing]] takes up lodgings in a stately mansion and [[TheThingThatWouldNotLeave stays there for 17 years]].
* ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies'' (1963): An alphabet book featuring the [[TheManyDeathsOfYou various gory deaths]] of [[CrossesTheLineTwice 26 small children]].
* ''The Epiplectic Bicycle'' (1969): Two children ride a strange and seemingly magical bicycle on a journey of gothic nonsense.
* ''The Headless Bust: A Melancholy Meditation on the False Millennium'' (1999): Gorey's last published work before his death, involving a giant MindScrew look at the human condition that ends with the reader's brain dribbling out his ears as he tries to make sense of what he's just read.

!!Tropes exhibited in the works of EdwardGorey
* AuthorExistenceFailure: The last compilation contains ''The Izzard Book'' ([[EddieIzzard no relation]]), a collection of words beginning with Z. The pictures become rougher and sketchier until there's nothing but blank paper.
* BlackComedy: Even at his most depressing, Gorey is incredibly deadpan.
* DadaComics: Arguably some of his stranger works veer into this territory. For instance, ''The Inanimate Tragedy'' is about a bunch of small objects committing suicide. ''The Blue Hour'' is about two dogs in bowler hats having [[SeinfeldianConversation bizarre conversations]].
* MeaningfulName: With a name like Edward [[IncrediblyLamePun GOREy]], is no surprise that he wrote ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies''.
* [[RecurringExtra Reoccurring Prop]]: A small white index card appears in every story.
** To a lesser degree, the author's enormous fur coat often turns up.
* {{Retraux}}: Has the look of Victorian or Edwardian illustration.
* ShoehornedFirstLetter: Many of his alphabetical poems would often use, for X, words that actually begin with an E, such as "excited."
** Averted in ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies'' with "X is for [[AwesomeMcCoolname Xerxes]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath devoured by mice]]."
* {{Shotacon}}: In ''The Fatal Lozenge'':
-->''The'' Proctor ''buys a pupil ices\\
And hopes the boy will not resist\\
When he attempts to practise vices\\
Few people even know exist''.
** The illustration accompanying this is also a fine demonstrator of ScaryShinyGlasses in action.
* SignificantAnagram: "Ogdred Weary," "Dogear Wryde", "Regera Dowdy", "D. Awdrey-Gore", "Waredo Dyrge", "E.G. Deadworry"...
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: The titular ''Doubtful Guest''.
* WalkingTheEarth: Three cousins, bored of their small town life, find an old pumpcart and decide to take it for a whirl. Their travels take them further out of the town, and they write back to their families, not sure of when they'll come back, and spend their time visiting odd curiosities before [[GainaxEnding entering a train tunnel and never appearing from the other side.]]
* WordSaladTitle: Several of Gorey's works bear titles with seemingly no relation to the work itself; ''The Blue Aspic'', for example, is about a devious opera singer and her disturbed admirer, while ''The Fatal Lozenge'' is an alphabetical series of poems about people of various occupations and the dreadful things that they do.
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5th Jan '13 10:48:58 AM SeptimusHeap
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* DeadBabyComedy: ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies'' is a fairly literal case.
25th Dec '12 12:54:34 PM JeffWeskamp
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: The last compilation contains "The Izzard Book" ([[EddieIzzard no relation]]), a collection of words beginning with Z. The pictures become rougher and sketchier until there's nothing but blank paper.

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* AuthorExistenceFailure: The last compilation contains "The ''The Izzard Book" Book'' ([[EddieIzzard no relation]]), a collection of words beginning with Z. The pictures become rougher and sketchier until there's nothing but blank paper.



* {{Retraux}}: Has the look of Victorian or Edwardian illustration.



* {{Retraux}}: Has the look of Victorian or Edwardian illustration.



* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: The titular Doubtful Guest.

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* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: The titular Doubtful Guest.''Doubtful Guest''.
17th Nov '12 10:25:44 AM nombretomado
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[[AuthorAppeal Gorey had a fondness for anagrams, jumbling up his own name to make several pseudonyms. He also liked ballet, fur coats, tennis shoes and cats, all of which were featured in his work]]. [[OneOfUs He also had an affection for some of the darker TV shows during his time]], including ''BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''TheXFiles''.

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[[AuthorAppeal Gorey had a fondness for anagrams, jumbling up his own name to make several pseudonyms. He also liked ballet, fur coats, tennis shoes and cats, all of which were featured in his work]]. [[OneOfUs He also had an affection for some of the darker TV shows during his time]], including ''BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''TheXFiles''.
28th Aug '12 6:28:28 AM JHM
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* {{Retraux}}: Has the look of Victorian illustration.

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* {{Retraux}}: Has the look of Victorian or Edwardian illustration.
25th Aug '12 2:43:40 AM FELH2
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Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was a writer/illustrator best known for writing several short tales, often told in rhyme (usually couplets) and very surreal and macabre. The art was a very distinct style of ink drawing that was described as very Victorian. He admitted that his own professional art training was "negligible", but he was still known to have done illustration work for a wide variety of media, including the opening for the {{PBS}} show ''Mystery!''.

[[AuthorAppeal Gorey had a fondness for anagrams, jumbling up his own name to make several pseudonyms. He also liked ballet, fur coats, tennis shoes and cats, all of which were featured in his work]]. [[OneOfUs He also had an affection for some of the darker TV shows during his time]], including ''BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''TheXFiles''.

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Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was a writer/illustrator best known for writing several short tales, often told in rhyme (usually couplets) and very surreal and macabre. The art was a very distinct style of ink drawing that was described as very Victorian. He admitted that his own professional art training was "negligible", but he was still known to have done illustration work for a wide variety of media, including the opening for the {{PBS}} Creator/{{PBS}} show ''Mystery!''.

[[AuthorAppeal Gorey had a fondness for anagrams, jumbling up his own name to make several pseudonyms. He also liked ballet, fur coats, tennis shoes and cats, all of which were featured in his work]]. [[OneOfUs He also had an affection for some of the darker TV shows during his time]], including ''BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''TheXFiles''.



* ''The Epiplectic Bicycle'' (1969): Two children ride a strange and seemingly magical bicycle on a journey of gothic nonsense.

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* ''The Epiplectic Bicycle'' (1969): Two children ride a strange and seemingly magical bicycle on a journey of gothic nonsense.
15th Apr '12 2:30:05 PM FlyingGuillotine
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* DadaComics: Arguably some of his stranger works veer into this territory. For instance, ''The Inanimate Tragedy'' is about a bunch of small objects committing suicide. ''The Blue Hour'' is about two dogs in bowler hats having [[SeinfeldianConversation bizzarre conversations]].

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* DadaComics: Arguably some of his stranger works veer into this territory. For instance, ''The Inanimate Tragedy'' is about a bunch of small objects committing suicide. ''The Blue Hour'' is about two dogs in bowler hats having [[SeinfeldianConversation bizzarre bizarre conversations]].
27th Mar '12 6:57:00 PM JHM
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** Averted in ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies'' with "X is for [[SesquipedalianSmith Xerxes]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath devoured by mice]]."

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** Averted in ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies'' with "X is for [[SesquipedalianSmith [[AwesomeMcCoolname Xerxes]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath devoured by mice]]."
27th Mar '12 6:55:29 PM JHM
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** Averted in ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies'' with "X is for Xerxes [[CruelAndUnusualDeath devoured by mice]]."

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** Averted in ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies'' with "X is for Xerxes [[SesquipedalianSmith Xerxes]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath devoured by mice]]."
27th Mar '12 6:54:34 PM JHM
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* DeadBabyComedy: ''Gashleycrumb Tinies'' is a fairly literal case.
* MeaningfulName: With a name like Edward [[IncrediblyLamePun GOREy]], is no surprise that he wrote Gashleycrumb Tinies.

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* DeadBabyComedy: ''Gashleycrumb ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies'' is a fairly literal case.
* MeaningfulName: With a name like Edward [[IncrediblyLamePun GOREy]], is no surprise that he wrote ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies.Tinies''.


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** Averted in ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies'' with "X is for Xerxes [[CruelAndUnusualDeath devoured by mice]]."
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