Edward Gorey has made his mark on many artists, and only now are people beginning to realize the creative aura and enthusiasm that surrounds his work. Tim Burton, Edwar Gaimain, writer of “Coraline”, Daniel Handler, author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and Rob Reger, creator of Emily the Strange, are just a few artists who have been influenced by Edward Gorey’s peculiar taste. Indie publishers like Pomegranate and Fantagraphics are bolstered by the sale of his books and merchandise, including “The Strange Case of Edward Gorey”, a portrait by novelist Alexander Theroux. Attendance has risen at the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, Mass., and curators are stunned at the excitement that surrounds Gorey’s first major traveling exhibition, “Elegant Enigmas”. Some describe the craze surrounding his work as representing American cynicism since the 1960′s, but it has really only taken noticeable force until after his death.
Gorey’s style is described as one that “crosses Surrealism with the Victorian true-crime gazette” in a “time that is vaguely Victorian, Edwardian, and Jazz Age all at once”. His melancholic and sinister approach is highlighted in his titles, such as “The Hapless Child”, “The Fatal Lozenge”, and “The Beastly Baby”.
For those not yet familiar with Gorey’s style and work, I encourage you to look through the slideshow below (which also includes art inspired by Gorey). Moreover, I encourage you to read his stories and view his illustrations, and, if you get the chance, visit the Edward Gorey House.