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25 February 2013

Edward Gorey

image taken from littlegothichorrors.blogspot.com

Edward Gorey was an American illustrator born on February 22, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois known for his hybrid artistic style, blending elements of goth and comedy. 


Following his graduation from Chicago's Francis W. Parker School in 1942, Gorey was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving during World War II from 1943 to the mid-1940s, after the war's end. Not long after returning from the war, he began attending Harvard University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in French literature in 1950.

In 1953, Gorey moved to New York City and found work as an illustrator for the book-publishing company Doubleday Anchor, where he would stay for the next eight years. Around the same time he started at Doubleday, Gorey, who had been experimenting for some time with writing in addition to illustrating, published first independent work, The Unstrung Harp (1953).

Following the publication of Unstrung Harp, Gorey began to gain a local following. His popularity continued to grow thereafter due to the release of additional works, including The Doubtful Guest (1957), his first children's book; The Hapless Child (1961); his 1963 abecedarian book The Gashlycrumb Tinies; The Gilded Bat (1966); and The Deranged Cousins: or, Whatever (1969), as well as his numerous and acclaimed collaborations: Gorey also illustrated numerous works by other writers, including literary greats H.G. Wells, T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll and Virginia Woolf. In 1978, he won a Tony Award (costume design) for his work on the Broadway production of Dracula. Gorey's work began even more widely known in 1980 with the premiere of the PBS series Mystery!, the intro of which boasted his illustrations.

 By the early '60s, Gorey had developed a reputation for his distinct, dark but humorous, style. His drawings, usually of ghoulish, beady-eyed characters, often depicted macabre situations or settings, but with comic undertones.



Dancing Cats & Neglected Murderesses by Edward Gorey


Gorey has become an iconic figure in the Goth subculture. Events themed on his works and decorated in his characteristic style are common in the more Victorian-styled elements of the subculture, notably the Edwardian costume balls held annually in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which include performances based on his works. The "Edwardian" in this case refers less to the Edwardian period of history rather than to Gorey, whose characters are depicted as wearing fashion styles ranging from those of the mid-nineteenth century to the 1930s.

Director Mark Romanek's music video for the Nine Inch Nails song "The Perfect Drug" was designed specifically to resemble a Gorey book, with familiar Gorey elements including oversized urns, topiary plants, and glum, pale characters in full Edwardian costume. 



Edward died in 2000. Google has dedicated him a commemorative "doodle" on 22 February this year:




05 February 2013

Macabre Side of Disney PART 2

Yes. For those wondering I am also working on PART 2 of the Haunted Castle post that has to feature the infamous Dracula's castle. I'm not yet satisfied with the information I found so far so you will have to wait some more time for that. I think it's better to wait that to make ugly bad written posts in a hurry like it happened many times before.

It's true that what we do here at Gothic Divine is mostly a cut and paste of information taken from other sites rather than handmade posts, but it takes a lot of time too to do that even if it doesn't seem so, and we do not have that much time anymore.

Also, most of the times I start making researches for a certain topic and end up finding lot of other interesting facts which are worth a post in Gothic Divine and loosing time to save the all the info I found. There are tons of post drafts that I have to finish well before publishing them. And since I don't have any help anymore from my uber-busy collaborators, I have to do all the work myself. Sorry for not posting much then. I will probably "hire" some collaborators soon so keep in touch if you'd like to become a writer for this blog. ;)

Also I would like to thank all the new followers. I'm planning to make a Gothic Divine Giveaway as soon as we reach 300! So, hopefully, this means soon.


Back to this post now, I found on YouTube this other fantastic macabre animated video done by Disney back in 1929 featuring dancing skeletons and a soundratrack that gives chills! :)




Also this one:



This last one is completely different from the others above. You surely have recognized the pink elephants of Dumbo. They scared the sh!t out of me when I was a child. I think these sequence traumatized many. I don't know you, but I think this is very very creepy and can be considered macabre in some way.


If you know some more videos like these ones (not necessarily from Disney), please share writing the YouTube links in the comments. Thanks!
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