[[http://www.gahanwilson.com/ Gahan Wilson]] is an American cartoonist, and a longtime contributor to both ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' and ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' magazines. not to mention ''The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction''. He also drew a NewspaperComics series, titled simply ''Gahan Wilson's Sunday Comics'', and produced animated inserts for ''Series/SesameStreet''. His subject matter tends heavily toward the grotesque and whimsical.

Although he is usually known for his cartoons, Wilson contributed some book reviews to ''F&SF'', and his story "[The title is an inkblot]" was included in Creator/HarlanEllison's anthology ''Literature/AgainDangerousVisions''. The titular inkblot (which is drawn in his distinctive style) plays an integral part in the story. He also did the illustrations for Creator/RogerZelazny's NebulaAward-nominated novel, ''Literature/ANightInTheLonesomeOctober''.

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!!Gahan Wilson works with their own trope pages include:

* ''ComicStrip/{{Nuts}}''

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!!Wilson's other works provide examples of:

* AlienLunch
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: "Seagulls", as the title suggests, is about a swarm of [[Main/ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin evil seagulls]].
** "Traps" features sentient rats menacing an exterminator.
* BadHumorTruck: "Mr. Ice Cold" features an Ice Cream Man who takes a [[Main/ImAHumanitarian special interest]] in his customers.
* BlackComedy
* BodyHorror: Gahan loves drawing mutants, aliens, and monsters.
** HumanoidAbomination: One notable cartoon has a flasher exposing his tentacled, multi-eyed, multi-mouthed torso to a terrified woman.
* DadaComics
* DinnerOrderFlub: One cartoon shows a patron with an inedible pile of ashes on his plate, while a snooty waiter says, "It's a burnt telephone book. We gave it a fancy French name and you ordered it."
* FarSideIsland
* FluffyCloudHeaven: A frequent subject. One notable subversion shows some angels (basically guys in cheap costumes with cardboard wings and wire halos) standing around in a small grubby room labeled "Heaven", with one of them commenting "I expected the place to be a lot more classy!"
* FreudianCouch: This is a particular favorite with him.
* GhostStory: "Campfire Story" centers around one that may or may not be Main/RewritingReality.
* HaveANiceDaySmile: He ''hates'' them, feeling they represent [[StepfordSmiler phony]] or [[HappinessIsMandatory enforced]] good cheer. He's gone so far as to do a cartoon with a Hitler {{Expy}} whose symbol is the smiley face rather than the swastika.
* InfantImmortality: Averted constantly.
* IsNothingSacred: There's a cartoon in which ornately robed monks are praying to an ornate but quite empty pedestal. A passerby utters the phrase in question.
* LivingStatue: "The Marble Boy"
* NightmareFetishist: Gahan himself, but he also did a cartoon of a man painting a picture of horrific nightmare beings, cheerfully telling an anxious onlooker "I paint what I see!" - and this was the title of one of his cartoon collection books.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: "The Power of The Mandarin"
* RewritingReality: Many of his short stories use this as a plot point.
* SantaClaus: A popular subject, usually messed with in some hilarious way (being a werewolf, being an child-harvesting alien). WordOfGod is that a favorite cartoon was one where a chimney sweep tells a lady "Well, we found what's been clogging your chimney since last December" as they stand over a skeletal body in a Santa Claus outfit...
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