Guys, I lovvvve Edward Gorey. Years before Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes took over PBS, I was watching Masterpiece Theatre. In particular, Masterpiece Mystery with its kitschy intro--those creepy, gothic black and white illustrations and the quaking damsel in distress. The amazing artist Edward Gorey created those wonderful characters and illustrated many books for children.
Some of his books are a bit disturbing to me as a former school librarian, with skeleton teachers embracing wee innocent babes (Gashlycrumb Tinies) ... but who am I kidding? I would've loved having any of his picture books as a kid!
"K is for Kate. Killed with an ax." (Yeah, I was a little morbid.)
The man himself was amazingly eccentric, loving fur coats and cats, and supposedly inspired Tim Burton.
There are lots of licensed products with Gorey's images. Visit www.edwardgoreyhouse.org for the official website, biography, museum hours, and products.
Go forth and enjoy Edward Gorey!!