Edward Gorey must have been a fascinating person. By looking at his disturbing narrative illustrations, one would easily assume he was a twisted, deranged character; however, according to people who knew him, he was actually a wonderful man, an absolute opposite to the characters and settings he consistently conjured.
You see, Gorey’s graphic stories evoke the most ominous and terrific feelings, even though they could easily be mistaken for children’s books. The themes he addresses in his body of work are dark and gruesome, even as they are seemingly natural. Within this apparent paradox, we find the brilliance of a remarkable and influential 20th century illustrator.
For a good example of what I’m talking about, I’ll show you a famous alphabetized poem he produced, titled…
“The Gashlycrumb Tinies”.