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Jul. 28, 2006, 12:46pm

I love Edward Gorey. I got hooked on him, when I was kid. I spent most of my time either reading or watching tv, and I actually thought that the opening of Mystery Theatre which used his work, was a kids cartoon, and would get so mad, when the movie started.

Jul. 28, 2006, 1:10pm

I love his work, too. I had the Gashlycrumb Tinies on the wall at work because it always made me smile ("N is for Neville who died of ennui"), but no one else seemed to understand it and they always asked why I had something so "depressing" and "gruesome" on the wall. Oh, well... :-)

Jul. 28, 2006, 1:14pm

Honestly, I think Gorey's vision is a great way to view the world.

I don't think I've ever owned one of his books (although I've read and admired several), but I grew up reading a lot of John Bellairs, and many of his books had Gorey covers and/or illustrations.

Jul. 28, 2006, 5:20pm

kukkurovaca - I read John Bellairs too and I think that Edward Gorey's illustrations were perfect for those stories.

On side note, I see you have the Lewis Barnavelt series of Bellairs' novels, have you read The Face in the Frost? It's a great combination of scary atmosphere and offbeat humor and not really written for kids.

Jul. 29, 2006, 3:06am

No, I haven't read The Face in the Frost. In fact, I'm not sure I've even heard of it. However, I'll keep my eyes out.

Jul. 29, 2006, 3:08am

I remember adoring a number of Bellairs when little, including The Face in the Frost and The House with the Clock in its Walls. Spooky stuff. Like so much from childhood I'm frightened to look at it again. It may be crap for all I know.

Jul. 29, 2006, 3:51am

tim - Well, they require a certain suspension of -- not so much disbelief as cynicism. One has to at least remember the innocence of childhood in order to continue to appreciate them. Sort of like Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes comcis in that respect.

Granted that, however, I think they do stand up, albeit some more than others. In fact, when I was introduced to Lovecraft a bit later in life, I remember more than once thinking to myself, "You know, I'd like this story a lot more if Bellairs had written it."

Jul. 29, 2006, 1:03pm

Themeworld has a really nice Gashlycrumb Tinies screensaver. My 14yo thought it amusing, but the 6yo demanded that it be removed. The cat liked the music though..If anyone happens also have it, and knows the tune, could you please post it here, or on my profile, I'd love to know what it is.

9hgk Erste Nachricht
Jul. 30, 2006, 1:39pm

How neat there's a group on Gorey. I met him briefly a zillion years ago in New York. It was winter and he was wearing a long dark overcoat. He looked like one of those Elizabethan men, like the man in the doubtful guest, one of my favorite Gorey's. He had just come out with his tarot deck.

Jul. 30, 2006, 2:03pm

Has anyone read Ascending Peculiarity?

Aug. 11, 2006, 5:09pm

<3 Gashlycrumb Tinies. I could be wrong, but did I see a Gorey-illustrated Dracula (or something similar) at the bookstore?

Aug. 11, 2006, 5:13pm

Has anyone here see cultural slag? Old, rare and hilarious.

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Aug. 11, 2006, 6:39pm

Dydo you are not wrong - I have a copy of Dracula in my library and it is illustrated by Gorey. In the 60s or 70s (if memory serves) Gorey did set design for a major stage production of Dracula and I couldn't think of a more fitting illustrator. I don't live far from his final home (on Cape Cod in Mass.) and I've been meaning to go down and take a tour.

Aug. 11, 2006, 7:04pm

Bookmarque: I'm going to pick it up next time I'm at the bookstore, then.

Aug. 11, 2006, 11:38pm

Dydo, Bookmarque, are you talking about the nifty little kit where you punch out the sets and characters and do the whole play? I remember lusting after that at one of my many local bookstores, but I didn't have the cash at the time.

Aug. 12, 2006, 1:01am

No, I was not aware of that, I was speaking merely of a book. But it sounds neat! :D

Aug. 12, 2006, 8:03am

OOOHHHH...I want that. Mine is just the novel with some lovely end papers and a few illustrations scattered in among the chapter headings. But that book...with the tiny coffin is just magical. {scribbles ISBN for future purchase}

Aug. 12, 2006, 12:37pm

Bookmarque--hope you get to go see his house-museum (http://www.edwardgoreyhouse.org/). I've been once, not long after they opened it. The upstairs where he worked was closed to the public, unfortunately, but there were enough curiousities on the ground floor to make it interesting. And I'm sure you know about the Parnassus book shop nearby . . . makes for a great stop afterwards. And in NYC, Gotham Book Mart is its own sort of shrine to Gorey.

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Aug. 25, 2006, 8:57am

Hello all. I'm relatively new to LT but knew I was in the right place when I found a group dedicated to Gorey. I also became fascinated with him watching PBS' Mystery, as a kid.

I'd really like to start collecting his individual works. I haven't yet because I figured the books would be too tempting for small children. Now, of course, they love him (and no longer have the urge to scribble on books with crayon). Is there a bio out that anyone can recommend?

Aug. 25, 2006, 11:07am

Someone above mentioned Ascending Peculiarity, which has been staring enticingly at me from a local bookstore's window. Not sure that's a bio per se.

Aug. 25, 2006, 11:12am

By the way, have folks seen much of Gorey's illustrations outside the usual contexts? I saw a copy of The Web and the Rock a while back that had a Gorey cover, and was momentarily quite confused.


Judging by the price for a similar edition on ABEbooks, perhaps I ought to have bought the book. :)

Aug. 25, 2006, 3:35pm

Ascending Peculiarity sounds very interesting (thanks, kukkurovaca, I didn't check the link earlier) and would definitely do the trick. When I discovered Frank O'Hara several years ago, I was thrilled to learn that Gorey had been his roommate at Harvard. Alas, there wasn't half as much info on him as I'd've liked in O'Hara's bio, but they were both very eccentric and seemed to be genuinely fond of each other.

Gorey did the cover for my ancient copy of Ibsen's Brand.

Aug. 25, 2006, 3:38pm

I'm sorry. That Brand link doesn't seem to go where it's supposed to.

Aug. 26, 2006, 7:24am

I love when I stumble upon a Gorey illustration. The cover of my Penguin Book of Vampire Stories has a Gorey cover. To be cheeky I often call it my Vampire Book of Penguin Stories; using a high-pitched Monty Python voice of course.

Aug. 27, 2006, 11:10pm

I'm pleased to have found this group as I'm a great admirer and collector of Gorey. Among other things, I have been trying to assemble a complete collection of his Anchor paperback covers from the 1950's (primarily the covers for which he did drawings, though he was responsible for quite a lot of the typography even when there were no drawings or the drawings were done by others). Although the Gorey/Anchor paperbacks are less common than they used to be (I often have a sense when looking at the "literature" paperbacks in a good used bookstore that someone with a similar penchant has preceded me and swooped up all the Gorey titles) if you become familiar with his distinctive lettering style you'll be sure to start seeing some. I have been scanning some of my covers in my library a little at a time. Anyone interested in Gorey will certainly also enjoy www.goreography.com which has lots of information and worthwhile links. Speaking of covers, you can see a good introductory article and an exhibit of many covers there as well: http://www.goreyography.com/west/paper/paper.htm

Sept. 23, 2006, 1:44pm

This October is supposed to see the publication of another (the final?) Amphigorey collection... Amphigorey Again, to follow up on Amphigorey, Amphigorey Too, and Amphigorey Also.

Anyone seen any pre-pub reviews or anything on it?

Okt. 17, 2006, 3:02pm

I only have Amphigorey Also. Love the zoo. I wouldn't mind a few of those critters lurking about my house. I would love to acquire the remaining volumes. I remember seeing that punch-out house in a store. Alas, I could not buy it.

Mrz. 8, 2007, 12:51pm

Further to my post of August 27th (above), I'm pleased to report that I have now scanned and uploaded all of my Anchor paperback Gorey covers -- they can be seen in my tag "anchor" (all of these and most of my other Gorey books and covers are in my tag "gorey"). While Gorey was responsible for the typography and design of many more Anchor titles than the ones I've listed, I believe I have copies of all of the Anchor covers for which he did actual drawings, however small. I welcome suggestions for additions to my collection. I also have many duplicates and would consider trades. Thanks.

Mrz. 8, 2007, 4:15pm

Those are stupendous - I especially like Nineteenth Century German Tales and The House of Madness. Great work.

Apr. 3, 2008, 11:48am

Wow! How have I missed this cataGorey? I’m a big Edward Gorey fan. I have the Gashlycrumb Tinies lunch box, their pictures in my bookcase, I shop his website.... http://www.goreydetails.net/ My first exposure to his drawings was on Mystery Theater as a little kid. Then every time I found myself attracted to a drawing it always turned out to be a Gorey. Being a cat person, I started receiving his cat paraphernalia. One of my most treasured possessions is T.S. Elliot’s book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” illustrated by Edward Gorey. Then I started reading his stuff. I could never pick a favorite, but I do adore the Gashlycrumb Tinies (did I mention I have the lunch box?).

Apr. 3, 2008, 6:47pm

>32 jxnhole:, Ok, a lunchbox? That is officially awesome. I am officially jealous. :)

Apr. 3, 2008, 7:18pm

Wow! I am so excited to see Gashlycrumb Tinies and John Bellairs in the same "conversation."

As a child (and to this day) I loved the intro to Mystery! on PBS with Gorey's animation. I believe the only reason I read The Woman in White was due to the Gorey illustration on the cover.

Apr. 3, 2008, 8:49pm

One of my favorite cataloging activities is to look at my old Doubleday/Anchor pb's and figure out which ones had Gorey covers/typography. These were done well before he became well known for his own works. Now I wish I had tagged them as such, but I believe I noted most of them under "comments".

Mai 17, 2008, 4:30am

Like some of you, my intro to Gorey was via Mystery! Since then, I have collected a few bits here and there. As a kid, I used to go with my family to NY's Fifth Avenue Book Fair. One year he was there signing Gashlycrumb Tinies posters - and I got one. It kills me to this day that I didn't take better care of it (I still have it, but it is ripped and bent from years of being taped, tacked, and blu-sticked onto bedroom - and later college dorm room - walls).

For Gorey fans, I'd say Amphigorey Again is a must-have. While it is a bit sad to see unfinished works, it is fun to read them and other previously-unpublished pieces. Plus, there are some classics, too.

Sept. 17, 2008, 4:59pm

There is a new Danish Gorey book: "Den epiplektiske Cyke" published by Aben Maler two month ago. There are rumours about new Swedish editions as well - does anyone know more? I even heard of Korean and Taiwanese editions and like to buy them for my little Gorey bookshop "Goreyality" but couldn´t find any reliable sources - does anyone know a source in Europe?

Bearbeitet: Dez. 3, 2008, 1:38pm

Hey arkandco, I joined up so I could respond to you. I've also been working on my Gorey Anchor collection, and looking for someone to trade doubles with. I'd be happy to send a list of those I have. Not sure how contacts work on LibraryThing (A very Goreyesque title, don't you think?) but any reply would be appreciated.

Do you know of any authoritative list of Anchor titles for which Gorey did the art and/or typography? I've also seen the gallery at Goreyography, but noticed numerous omissions there. I'm about to explore your list, but wanted to fire off a message first...