One of the most amazing illustrators of the macabre and abarrent, Edward Gorey, has never disappointed. His works range from the comical side of the dark and cadaverous to the horrid, unhappiness in the macabre’s untold, cold, dark humor such as that expressed in the writings of Edagar Allen Poe. Happy birthday Edward Gorey (February 22).

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Today was not only the birthday of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. ‘Twas also the birthday of the late Edward Gorey, one of the greatest of all illustrators of the strange and the macabre.

Gorey was a cartoonist, who wrote and drew many unusual picture books, all of them possessing a rather odd or morbid sense of humour about them. Often, the characters in his stories will meet some tragic or grim fate, but they are told in such a quaint and old-fashioned manner that one ends up being charmed rather than horrified by them. Edward Gorey’s stories and cartoons are kind of like Edward Lear’s, but with black comedy and a Goth aesthetic. Probably the most famous of all his works is The Gashlycrumb Tinies- an alphabet book, featuring the various ghastly demises of assorted small children. Perfect bedtime reading.

One thing I love about Gorey’s artwork is…well, everything, really. All those…

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