Posted on February 22, 2014
The black-and-white illustrations by Edward Gorey are at times...well, gory! And weird. And creepy.
Or a skeleton man shielding a whole bunch of tiny kids with a bat-wing umbrella?
The weird world of Gorey was created in the 1900s but seems to be set in the 1800s. It was created by an American who only traveled overseas once, but it seems to be set in Britain. It's a place where, I think, Tim Burton (of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Edward Scissorhands” fame) would feel right at home.
Also, it's a place that is way too disturbing for some children, but that appeals to many of them. Edward Gorey himself didn't know much about kids, or particularly like them. He was a bit of a hermit, actually; he never had a family, and when he died, he left his money to a charitable trust that helps cats, dogs, bats, and insects!
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