22 Feb

G is for Gorey


Edward Gorey, light of my life, fire of my loins.

...That definitely came off creepier than I expected.

Today marks the birthday of Edward Gorey, the American illustrator and author of whom we at Kards Unlimited are particular fans. Gorey's small books exemplify the type of macabre humor that, along with every other kind of humor, we are particular fans of.

The first book of Gorey's that I was and many people were first acquatinted with is The Gashlycrumb Tinies, whence the above image was stolen. The book is an abecedarium, but rather than teaching life lessons to wee children it describes in hilariously dry verse those same children's various and violent deaths. Gorey places himself in the company of the great poets, beginning with "A is for Amy who fell down the stairs, B is for Basil assaulted by bears..." all the way down to "Y is for Yorick whose head was knocked in, Z is for Zillah who drank too much gin." The highlight of the book, however, is smack dab in the middle. Witness:


That's the good stuff.


Gashlycrumb is rightfully considered a great book, but my personal favorite of Gorey's is The West Wing, a sad, completely wordless tour through an Edwardian manor house in some disrepair. There's no chance of me explaining why I love this book so much, as I don't fully understand it myself, but there's a beauty in the spacious rooms Gorey draws in such small frames, and in which absolutely nothing happens.

What could this possibly mean??

What could this possibly mean??

Gorey needs to be read. One sacrifices nothing and potentially gains a great deal. Coincidentally there's a really cool card/gift/book store in Shadyside that carries a variety of his books. Come in, they don't bite.


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