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A Visit to the Edward Gorey House

Finally! I have been dying to go to the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouthport ever since I found out it existed. It was every bit as informative, bizarre-o, and inspiring as I hoped it would be. We took the guided tour which I highly recommend; our docent pointed out lots of Gorey facts and tidbits we would've missed on our own. Like maybe-

G is for George smothered under a rug (The Gashlycrumb Tinies)

A serpent stone path (created by Gorey himself) and a statue of the Doubtful Guest

And finally the graves of each of the 26 tinies, made by Gorey's friends. So morbidly delightful.

Overall, it was a creeptastic, fascinating visit; I learned a lot about Gorey and what inspired his unique body of work. I wish I could time travel back to the mid-nineties and hang around Yarmouthport just to possibly bump into him.

Next time you're on the Cape, you should pay the house and all of Gorey's meticulous collections a visit. I will definitely be going back!

Inspired by Gorey and a Swap

edwardLove illustrator Edward Gorey? Well, so do I! So when my friend Jaye of Thirteenth Story suggested we do a Gorey-inspired ATC swap, I immediately started sketching. I love some of the ways Gorey draws women in various period clothing and also his book "The Doubtful Guest," which features an intrusive creature known as "it," so I knew I wanted to include similar characters in my drawing, as well as some interesting text (like in "The Glorious Nosebleed"):

atc illustrationAs you can see below, Jaye really went all out with the crosshatching (which I wussed out on) so I told her we'd have to do another round! She agreed:
atc aceo illustrationI love what she came up with for my ATC and Apollo does too (a new Thirteenth Story fan is born!). Thanks again Jaye!beagle puppy dog pet animal