|Scrap Irony cover (book now out of print)|
I have abandoned my original post for today when I realised that Edward Gorey is celebrating his 88th birthday today! Most illustrators and fans of dark humour in their artworks will be aware of Gorey. I first discovered his work while still at artschool and was completely inspired by the scratchy, Victorian-esque line drawings as well as the macabre yet humourous stories and poems that accompanied them.
"My mission in life is to make everyone as uneasy as possible, I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that's what the world is like" - Edward Gorey
Gorey's alphabets or The Gashlycrumb Tinies are an example of his ability for us to enjoy other people's misfortune and feel a little uneasy about it. The Gashleycrumb Tinies is an alphabet of illustrations but instead of the usual A is for apple we instead have a series of ways that children have met their end. I love this book because its a traditional format of the alphabet illustrations, usually aimed at kids but in this case its completely for adults.
|Images from The Gashlycrumb Tinies|
If you fancy delving into the world of Gorey, a good selection of books can be found online at Amazon or Forbidden Planet. Some books are out of print but they do crop up now and again second-hand on Amazon. The Gashlycrumb Tinies is well worth the £5 I promise!