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Nightmare Fuel: Edward Gorey
Edward Gorey's works are seriously disturbing. Especially the way he draws things cavorting about and writes stories that really have no sense or explanation at all. It's like they hired an Eldritch Abomination to write Victorian children's fiction.


  • The Insect God. Combine the very real fear of your young child being abducted with creepy insect cultists and you have a recipe for the willies like none other. Bonus points for the way the insects prance gleefully on the last page.
  • The Gashlycrumb Times, which is an alphabet book with creepy black & white etchings showing 26 ways for children to die, for example, "C is for Clara who wasted away".
  • "The Curious Sofa". That we don't see what it does makes it even more terrifying.
  • His intro to PBS's Mystery apparently scared a lot of younger viewers.
  • ''The Doubtful Guest''. The guest itself, which hits something akin to Uncanny Valley because of how it looked almost, but not exactly like a penguin, is creepy enough. The fact that it somehow slips into a dark mansion with no mention of why or where it's from or what it is and won't leave is worse. And the guests just do their best to ignore it while it lives with them for seventeen years and counting, ripping up their books, hiding their towels, and running around.
  • While the fiction of John Bellairs probably deserves its own folder, Edward Gorey's illustrations to the original editions are Nightmare Fuel when viewed independently from the books they were created for.
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