I would be remiss if I posted about Edward Gorey without paying homage to his sense of humor. Indeed, he walked the line between whimsical and macabre, and nowhere is that better illustrated (pun intended) than in his “children’s” alphabet book, The Gashlycrumb Tinies.
All 26 ill-fated children are represented in the museum. In fact, I read somewhere that you get a bookmark if you find them all. The three photos above include:
“G is for George smothered under a rug.”
“A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.”
“L is for Leo who swallowed some tacks.”
Ayer vi en la galería del amigo @apoloscopio una publicación que captó mi atención por la curiosa similitud con el espacio en el que vivo, al hacerle el comentario me encargó que hiciera una foto que fuese continuación de la suya (la verdad nunca fui bueno con las tareas y tal vez perdí el norte con la petición) igual le dejo la captura por aquí y me retiro lentamente.
Por cierto para mí la C es de Clara, que se consumió sin remedio. 😉 #TheGashlycrumbTinies
As we hit October, I'd like to recommend some moody books.
If you enjoy the creepy and the morbid, and had your fill of lengthy novels or simply can't find the time required for their perusal, I suggest you pick up one of these.
These are picture books, technically categorized as books for children, and would be perfect if you wanted to get your child hooked on Gothic literature from the get go. If however your child scares easily, I'd leave it for some other time.
Both John Kenn Mortensen and Edward Gorey are wonderfully skilled illustrators. Their subject matter however are monsters and death respectively. Sticky Monsters is a collection of detailed ink illustrations of various monsters and their surroundings, never failing to tell a full story without the use of words or movement. The Gashlycrumb Tinies is a nursery rhyme, both written and beautifully illustrated by Gorey himself, about all the letters of the alphabet and the various gruesome ways little children die. In verse.
The fact that the authors carry "death" and "gore" even in their names speaks volumes of their dedication to this particular craft. And what beautiful craft it is, in my opinion.
I'd think about the Goth levels of your children before presenting them with these, but that does not change a thing about the brilliance of both of these works. Give it a go, if you get the chance.
Would recommend to fans of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman.