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Best Edward Gorey Books You Must Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Edward Gorey books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Amphigorey: Fifteen Books (1980)

Best Edward Gorey Books You Must ReadAn illustrated collection of 15 macabre short stories.   In this gorgeously detailed volume, American artist and author Edward Gorey accents amphigory (nonsense verse or composition) with his signature cross-hatched pen-and-ink drawings. A mix of poetry and prose, light-hearted and decidedly more morbid storytelling, the book is sure to satisfy both fans of art and lovers of short stories alike.   Stories included: “The Unstrung Harp” “The Listing Attic” “The Doubtful Guest” “The Object Lesson” “The Bug Book” “The Fatal Lozenge” “The Hapless Child” “The Curious Sofa” “The Willowdale Handcar” “The…
Author(s): Edward Gorey

2. The Fantod Pack by Edward Gorey (2007)

Best Edward Gorey Books You Must ReadEdward Gorey’s trademark sense of impending doom is nowhere more darkly humorous than in this, his version of a tarot card deck. Each of the 20 cards forecasts a list of outcomes for the user ranging from the merely unpleasant (loss of hair, breakage, thwarted ambitions) to the downright horrible (catarrh, spasms, shriveling). The 32-page booklet provides interpretation of the cards courtesy of one Madame Groeda Weyrd, who Gorey tells us ‘is of mixed Finnish and Egyptian extraction, has devoted her life to divination, and is the author of, among a shelf of other works, Floating…
Author(s): Edward Gorey

3. Amphigorey Too (1980)

Best Edward Gorey Books You Must ReadThis follow-up to the darkly humorous Amphigorey is wittier, more macabre, and more wondrous than ever. Master illustrator and iconic gothic storyteller Edward Gorey gives his fans 20 more nonsensically and mind-bending tales that draw fans and unsuspecting newcomers into a world only he can create. Gorey’s pen-and-ink drawings spur the imagination and satisfy fans of art and the good storytelling.    Some of the 20 stories in this collection include: “The Beastly Baby”“The Pious Infant”  “The Evil…
Author(s): Edward Gorey

4. Edward Gorey Sticker Book (2013)

Best Edward Gorey Books You Must ReadWith this sticker book, you get to play with 50 of Gorey’s characters from several of his books, including The Black Doll, Category, Dancing Cats, The Doubtful Guest, The Epiplectic Bicycle, and The Gashlycrumb Tinies. There are 185 stickers in all, with images of Count Dracula, ice-skating polar bears and alligators, several figbashes in ballet slippers, children astride weird dogs, and more. Have fun stickering! #491,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #9465 in Children’s Activity Books (Books) #2031 in Children’s Art Books (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product,…
Author(s): Edward Gorey

5. Gorey Creatures: A Book of Postcards (2009)

Best Edward Gorey Books You Must ReadEdward Gorey (1925–2000), much like an eccentric scientist in a gothic legend, brought to life from the laboratory of his mind altogether new and sometimes playfully sinister creations. Amazing and wonderful in their sardonic merriment, his drawings and stories have a special genius that resides in the effect of what is left unseen and unwritten. Following the literary tradition of the nonsense verse and somewhat surreal narratives of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, Gorey’s illustrated texts often guide the reader to the point just before the crescendo of events and then let the imagination draw the…
Author(s): Edward Gorey, Pomegranate Communications Inc.

6. Mysterious Messages, Cryptic Cards, Coded Conundrums, Anonymous Notes Book of Postcards (2010)

Best Edward Gorey Books You Must ReadMuch 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…
Author(s): Edward Gorey

7. The Beauty of Horror 1: A GOREgeous Coloring Book (2016)

Best Edward Gorey Books You Must ReadGet that red crayon ready! With this coloring book for adults channeling The Walking Dead meets The Secret Garden, comics creator/rock star Alan Robert (Crawl to Me, Killogy, Wire Hangers) invites fans of horror to discover their inner-colorist. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet an onslaught of severed heads, monsters, deadly weapons, and skeletal remains. Visit burial grounds, the zombie apocalypse, serial killer lairs, and gruesome torture chambers. Horror fans and newcomers alike will welcome this…
Author(s): Alan Robert

8. Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey (2002)

Best Edward Gorey Books You Must ReadEdward Gorey’s extraordinary and disconcerting books are avidly sought and treasured throughout the world, but until now little has been known about the man himself. While he was notoriously protective of his privacy, Gorey did grant dozens of interviews over the course of his life. And as these conversations demonstrate, he proved to be unfailingly charming, gracious, and fascinating. Here is Gorey in his own words, ruminating on everything from French symbolist poetry to soap operas, from George Balanchine and the unique beauty of ballet to Victorian photographs…
Author(s): Edward Gorey, Karen Wilkin

9. The Gashlycrumb Tinies (Or, After the Outing) (1997)

Best Edward Gorey Books You Must ReadPerennially beloved by those of morbid humor, this ABC in rhyme and scratchy pen-and-ink tells of the tragic and various ends of a crew of wan, hapless kiddies. “E is for Ernest who choked on a peach / F is for Fanny sucked dry by a leech.” The moral, ambiguous though it may be, is that you can’t be too careful because it doesn’t matter whether you’re careful or not. #8,545,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1941 in Limericks & Humorous Verse #18279 in Fantasy Graphic Novels (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this…
Author(s): Edward Gorey

10. 26 Absurdities of Tragic Proportions (2018)

Best Edward Gorey Books You Must ReadAwarded Finalist Prize in the 2019 American Fiction Awards ‘Short Stories’ Category by American Book Fest.An utterly fascinating collection of short tales inspired by Edward Gorey’s alphabetical illustrations in ‘The Gashlycrumb Tinies.’These tales capture the essence of dark humor and satire with one tale for each child depicted in Gorey’s most famous illustrations. These tales are all about human behavior, characteristics, chance and choice, and life and death. From Mystery to SciFi, from Drama to Fairy Tale and from Adventure to Gothic, this book has something for…
Author(s): Matthew C. Woodruff

Best Edward Gorey Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some edward gorey books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

Author(s): Mark Dery
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, Year: 2018, Size: 44 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2322121

The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Author(s): Edward Gorey
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Year: 1997, Size: 632 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 421265

Old Possum's book of practical cats

Author(s): Gorey, Edward; Eliot, Thomas Stearns
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt;Harcourt, Brace & Co;Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Year: 1982, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1428406

Amphigorey too (A Berkley Windhover book)

Author(s): Edward Gorey
Publisher: , Year: 1977, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 406878

The Recently Deflowered Girl: The Right Thing to Say On Every Dubious Occasion

Author(s): Hyacinthe Phypps, Edward Gorey
Publisher: Chelsea House, Year: 1965, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 269260

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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