I don’t know if this’ll make it onto the site in time (Editor’s Note: It didn’t. Sorry 😦 ), but today (Editor’s note: yesterday), Monday, February 22, is (Editor’s Note: was) Edward Gorey’s birthday! I have to assume that morbid old Edward Gorey is still celebrating this special day from beyond the grave.
I don’t know if I’m necessarily a big Gorey-head (not a good fandom nickname), but I do have twelve of his drawings hanging in my apartment because he illustrated my favorite book of all time, John Bellairs’ The House With A Clock In Its Walls. I’m sure I’ve shared this so many times that you just want me to shut the hell up about it, but I currently live about ten or twenty minutes from the town that served as the inspiration for the town in THWACIIW, and since moving to this area, the picture above has become probably my favorite, or at least the drawing most meaningful to me. In it, Lewis and his uncle and his neighbor are taking a drive through the hilly country roads surrounding their town, roads I drive literally every day! So whenever I’m at the bottom of a hill and I see a car crest the top behind me, I think of this drawing and pray for a river I can cross.
What are your favorite Gorey drawings?