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Monday, October 7, 2019

Gorey

It would be impossible for me to salute the creepy imagery I enjoy without giving acknowledgement to Edward Gorey. 


For more on Edward Gorey, click here: (Link to Gorey on WIKI)

As many of you have seen in years past, a major focal point of my indoor Halloween decor is the carefully arranged tabletop covering the pool table in the center of our living room. But what might not have been apparent are the little Edward Gorey books tucked here and there among the decorations and candy dishes, not only as decor, but as a visual offering to my party guests to go along with the sweets. 

Gorey wrote a lot of books, all short, all somewhat poetic, in addition to illustrating the words of others. And in my opinion, the absolute best is The Gashleycrumb Tinies, which is a rhyming abcedarium of names of children who all died in creatively different ways. 

An excerpt:
It is not his only abcedarium either. But Gorey did not limit himself to just this format.....or medium. Vampire and theater fans of a certain age may also recall the very stylish stage version of Dracula back in the 70s, (which eventually led to the popular movie Dracula in 1979 with Frank Langella), but did you know it was Edward Gorey who designed the stage sets and poster?


Fans of the old PBS series Mystery, may also recall the bizarrely-animated opening sequence where folks plotted, swooned, died, and bodies were discovered all in a very understated fashion. That was Gorey as well. 


Given the nature of this blog, I always try to link  certain things back to something of an adult nature. It is not always possible, and with Gorey it is not easy......but not impossible either! One book of his (under another of his many anagramatic pseudonyms) is entitled The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Tale by Ogdred Weary, Astor-Honor, 1961. But don't go looking for deep penetration scenes or splayed hoo-hoos. The content is.....adult, but judiciously rendered.

Throughout the story objects, both animate and inanimate, conspire to obscure that which would be unmistakably explicit.

But even if Gorey didn't make a habit of rendering sex acts or private parts, he certainly conveyed a sense of the macabre. Here are a few of my favorite pieces, if you like them a quick internet image search will provide you with many more.....or better yet, look into the books themselves. They are little ghoulish gems!





I am currently using this one as my laptop wallpaper.














4 comments:

  1. Any indication that he was an inspiration for Tim Burton? Seems like a similar style and feel.

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    1. I sent this to you via email but others here may be interested:

      https://culturacolectiva.com/design/tim-burton-edward-gorey-macabre

      Good eye there, Dan.

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    2. Though a very uneducated one.

      While you are on this Halloween theme, my vote for creepiest animated or stop-action movie is Coraline. When we were shopping for houses shortly a year or two after them movie came out, there was one we viewed that my wife and kids turned down immediately because it had a small door that they thought looked too much like the doorway at the heart of the plot in that movie.

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    3. Your suggestion has given me an idea for a pertinent topic along these lines. Thanks.

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