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
.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
. He also had an affection for some of the darker TV shows during his time
, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, Batman: The Animated Series
and The X-Files
Some of his more notable works:
- The Doubtful Guest (1957): A strange penguin...thing takes up lodgings in a stately mansion and stays there for 17 years.
- The Gashleycrumb Tinies (1963): An alphabet book featuring the various gory deaths of 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 Mind Screw 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 Edward Gorey: