Edward Gorey: “The Gashlycrumb Tinies”.

Edward Gorey had a great beard.

As if that wasn’t enough folks,
He also happened to be one of the most talented illustrators and storytellers of his time.

This guy is a major influence to me.

Matter of fact,
I’d be willing to bet that without Edward Gorey,
Tim Burtons’ films would be totally different.

Have you ever seen any of Tim Burtons’ illustrations as he thinks out the look of characters for his movies?
Maybe I’ll dig them out for another post one day.

Back to Edward Gorey.

Heard of him?
Quick, Read this.

Edward Gorey is long gone.
Long gone.

But he left a helluva lot of good work behind him including my own personal favourite:


“The Gashlycrumb Tinies” is a book.
An alphabet book with 26 children representing (Yep, you guessed it!) the 26 letters of the alphabet.

But y’see,
Ol’ Edward Gorey wasn’t your average storyteller or illustrator.

He was dark.
In “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” each of the 26 children die 26 different ways.

And luckily for you,
Someone has put a wee video together:


Published in: on August 26, 2009 at 17:16  Comments (7)  

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  1. yes dark, but cool at the same time

  2. How wierd, I’ve recently been talking to a mate of mine about The Gashlycrumb Tinies. He must becoming back into fashion.
    Jules x

  3. Extremely fucked up tale that is! Bloody good!

    Saddest part of the Gashlycrumb Tinies isn’t the 26 stupid kids, it’s the 52 negligent parents.

  4. A classic. And if you have read Ascending Peculiarity, you will know that he is also inspiring for his dedication to his art…every day, sitting down at his desk, even with the cats knocking the ink over. I don’t know if you have seen Shaun Tan’s wonderful book “The Arrival” = like Gorey, he is an illustrator who also has done some work in Theater.

  5. Hallo, could you please tell me what “Gashlycrumb” means?

    • In short,
      No I can’t.

      It’s possibly a place name but more probably completely made up.

  6. 🙂
    thanks anyway. I thought it has no meaning, but i thought that it could evocate something…

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