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A Grisly Birthday Wish to Mr. Gorey

Books, Cats, Life is Good. —Edward Gorey

When people are finding meaning in things — beware.  Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey Illustration

A Gorey Alligator for Serenity Spell

Happy birthday to one of the world’s most clever and whimsical illustrators and authors….. Quirky, prolific, and a true talent. I still adore you, Mr. Gorey!

For a fantastic book detailing the inner workings of Gorey, pick up Elephant House or, The Home of Edward Gorey. For more information, visit their website.

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  1. Thanks for remembering a truly unique artist. After seeing his drawing as the lead in to PBS “Mystery” I started collecting books with his drawings. You can find his drawings on calendars and I regularly pull out my 2005 calendar “The Evil Garden” and delight at words and illustrations – “Great-Uncle Franz, beside the lake, is being strangled by a snake” is the page for June.

    February 22, 2013
    • Ah, a fellow aficionado! I know many others who were turned onto Gorey’s work with PBS’ “Mystery,” as well as Broadway’s “Dracula.”

      I LOVE “The Evil Garden”! I’ve been wanting to get a Limited Edition lithograph for decades… I’ve seen them for sale, and drooled. I professionally framed a Gashlycrumb Tinies poster. Either you love him…or you simply don’t empathize with the whimsy.

      You’d love his Elephant House — just fascinating.

      February 22, 2013
  2. Gorey is one of my all-time favorites. Though i shudder a little to think of an entire book about his inner workings! Yaaaaaaay!

    February 22, 2013
    • Ah, I knew he would be!!!! 🙂

      You should buy this book… It’s brilliant! A picture book with fantastic text, about his home and creative process. As an artist, you would LOVE IT.

      February 22, 2013
      • >:-D

        Ooo, what fun. the book. We don’t often get to hear about a creative process–just see the final product. I’m off to the library, so shall look it up.

        February 22, 2013
      • I know you’ll love him even MORE, after seeing his home and collections — I sure did!! 🙂

        February 22, 2013
      • Just found it in the library and have put it on hold! Early next week I shall be leafing through a fabulous book. yaaaaaaay!

        February 22, 2013
      • Oh, hoorah! I’m so glad… I know you’ll enjoy!! It provides such wonderful insight, and that rare glimpse.

        February 22, 2013
      • Yes, that is what I remember–it makes me feel in good company–odd bits and bobs that have good bones, so to speak! rocks, lots and lots of rocks!

        February 22, 2013
    • I think I’ve seen parts of his collections–no wonder I like his art. Doesn’t he collect odd bones and string, rocks…. ?? Thanks so much for the hearty recommendation, FG!

      February 22, 2013
      • They’re not morbid collections — but lots of natural and rustic things. And of course, images of his kitties! 🙂

        February 22, 2013
  3. Did you see that Google reworked their logo today in Gorey style! I’m a big fan too; he never fails to make me laugh, how evil! My favorite is The Doubtful Guest.

    February 22, 2013
    • I DID!! Didn’t they do a fantastic job? I love it….

      He’s so whimsical. I just love him. Doubtful Guest is FANTASTIC — I’m partial to the Evil Garden though. 🙂

      February 22, 2013
  4. Love it! Happy Friday:)

    February 22, 2013
    • Hee, Happy Friday to you! Beware talking (but obviously friendly) gators! 🙂

      February 22, 2013
  5. What a great tribute and timely cartoon! On the marsh this morning I watched a big male ‘gator to his bellowing and water slapping thing. When he raised his head all the way above the water he looked like he belonged in Loch Ness. (Photos coming soon to a blog near you.)

    February 23, 2013
    • Thanks so very much! I love Gorey, and had to include one of his gators on this blog… Of course!

      Oooohh! Can’t wait! It’s mating season… Beginning a wee bit early, at least from what I can remember. I was out 2-3 weels ago, and realized… OOPS! They’re not quite so mellow! Eyes following, bodies following…. I can’t get so close for a bit. 🙂

      February 24, 2013

    February 24, 2013
    • Aw, you’re so very welcome!! He’s just wonderful — so whimsical and wry. 🙂

      February 24, 2013

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