Friday, October 17, 2014

The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull

At this time of year, I like to reread some of my favorite spooky stories, especially books from the John Bellairs  book series. I also enjoy revisiting many of my favorite Edward Gorey illustrations and book cover designs. The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull has one of my favorite Gorey-designed covers from the series, and it is an image that always puts me in a Halloween frame of mind! From the skull nestled into the typography to the jack-o-lantern in the window, this wonderful image compels me to pick this book up and read it in October.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

2014 Edward Gorey House Prints

The Edward Gorey House has released its three new limited edition prints for 2014.

Each year, the Edward Gorey House produces several limited edition prints. The selection for 2014 includes two panels from a favorite Fantod Press story, a Holiday treat, and an unusual image showing a hovering Deity. Each limited edition print is hand numbered and "signed" with an embossed facsimile of Edward Gorey's signature. To purchase prints, visit the Edward Gorey House website.

12 Lords a'Leaping - The final chapter of the perennial Christmas song - 12 Days of Christmas - is brought to life in this colorful image.

The Evil Garden - Depicted are two panels from the The Evil Garden, one of the books included in Three Books from the Fantod Press I, 1966. Artwork from this book is part of current exhibition.

God Hovers In Jammies - This little known image was created to publicize a 1965 Gorey exhibition in California. The title of this print comes from a line in Mr. Gorey's Thoughtful Alphabet VIII (published as a broadside in 1996):

Be calm.
Don't eat fruitcake.
God Hovers in jammies.
Keep leaning Mother Nature's orations.
Perplexing questions remain.
Something turns underneath.
Various whatevers examined yield zilch.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Edward Gorey's Dracula in Houston About To Take Flight

The witching hour approaches when Edward Gorey's iconic production of Dracula will once again come to life on the stage of the Alley Theater in Houston Texas. A September 26 article in the Houston Chronicle outlines the challenges of recreating the sets from the 1977 production. To read the article, go HERE.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Edward Gorey Etching Exhibition Article

The Cape Cod Times has published an excellent article about the current E is for Elephants show of etchings and ephemera. Go HERE to see the article.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Another Random Walk by Edward Gorey

Published in the February 1994 issue of Worth Magazine, Random Walk by Edward Gorey is a self contained story in four panels (see my post from August 13, 2014 for another Random Walk). I like how the dummy in the window goes from exuberant showmanship in panel one, to modesty in the second panel. The impractical outfit (with extra hip length boots and hat which are not displayed in the shop window) looks like one of Mr. Gorey's costume designs.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Edward Gorey Exhibition in Canada

Over 100 works by Edward Gorey are now on display at the Simon Fraser University Burnaby's W.A.C. Bennett Library. This Special Collections and Rare Books show features works by Mr. Gorey which were donated to the library in 2012 by Emily McWhinney. For more information on this exhibition, go HERE.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Edward Gorey Auction News

Warm up your paddles and get set to bid on Edward Gorey items from the Samuel Spiegel collection which are being offered at Swann Auction Galleries in New York City on October 1st. The first part of Mr. Spiegel's collection was sold at Swann this past May. This second auction consists of 30 lots which include many limited edition volumes, groups of posters, and prints by Mr. Gorey. To view the catalog on line, go HERE.