Much like an eccentric scientist in a gothic legend, Edward Gorey (American, 1925-2000) brought to life from the laboratory of his mind altogether new, intriguing, perplexing, often playfully sinister personalities. Ill-fated children with baleful faces; anthropomorphic creatures of untraceable biological lineage; shadowy, haunted adults, forever on the verge of mysterious errands: these are but a few of the irresistible characters who populate Gorey's world. His drawings and stories, set in a vaguely Edwardian time frame with a decidedly English overtone, have a special genius that resides in the effect of what is left unseen and unwritten.
As evident in the enigmatic images presented here, Gorey's illustrated texts often guide the reader to the point just before the crescendo of events and then let the imagination draw the ominous or hilarious conclusions.
30 color and black & white reproductions.