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Book Title: Edward Gorey's Haunted Looking Glass: A collection of ghost stories chosen and illustrated by Edward Gorey|
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The author of the book: Edward Gorey
Edition: Avenel Books
Date of issue: September 5th 1984
ISBN 13: 9780517448984
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Edward Gorey's Haunted Looking Glass contains twelve classic, haunting tales about ghosts and the supernatural. The book's contents reads like a who's who of outstanding writers in the genre, with contributions from such authors as Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, Wilkie Collins, L. P. Hartley, E. Nesbit, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, and others. Nomally, any collection with such outstanding authors would be of special value. Yet this volume is more than just a short story collection--it is a compilation of twelve favorite stories chosen by the well-known illustrator and author, Edward Gorey. Each story comes to life in a haunting Gorey illustration that was tailor-made for each spine-chilling tale.
The stories chosen by Gorey are from original anthologies of the individual authors' works. Here readers will encounter the knife-wielding 'Dream Woman;' the missing marble figures; the mysterious body-snatcher; and the mystical monkey's paw, among other eerie characters and objects. Each writer has chosen an unusual supernatural element around which to weave a plot of horror and suspense.
The eerie quality of each Gorey illustration lends an air of foreboding of what is to come before the tale's final twist. The collection includes Algernon Blackwood's 'The Empty House,' 'Casting the Runes' by M. R. James, L. P. Hartley's 'A Visitor from Down Under,' Charles Dickens's 'The Signalman,' 'August Heat' by W. F. Harvey, and 'The Judge's House' by Bram Stoker, among others. Although the book contains the work of twelve very different writers, the spooky illustrations tie the collection together, enhancing the supernatural quality of each story. Anyone who enjoys a good scare will find this volume absolutely irresistible.
ALGERNON BLACKWOOD, "The Empty House"
W.F. HARVEY, "August Heat"
CHARLES DICKENS, "The Signalman"
L.P. HARTLEY, "A Visitor from Down Under"
R.H. MALDEN, "The Thirteenth Tree"
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, "The Body-Snatcher"
E. NESBIT, "Man-Size in Marble"
BRAM STOKER, "The Judge's House"
TOM HOOD, "The Shadow of a Shade"
W.W. JACOBS, "The Monkey's Paw,"
WILKIE COLLINS, "The Dream Woman"
M.R. JAMES, "Casting the Runes"
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Read information about the authorBorn in Chicago, Gorey came from a colorful family; his parents, Helen Dunham Garvey and Edward Lee Gorey, divorced in 1936 when he was 11, then remarried in 1952 when he was 27. One of his step-mothers was Corinna Mura, a cabaret singer who had a brief role in the classic film Casablanca. His father was briefly a journalist. Gorey's maternal great-grandmother, Helen St. John Garvey, was a popular 19th century greeting card writer/artist, from whom he claimed to have inherited his talents. He attended a variety of local grade schools and then the Francis W. Parker School. He spent 1944–1946 in the Army at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, and then attended Harvard University from 1946 to 1950, where he studied French and roomed with future poet Frank O'Hara.
Although he would frequently state that his formal art training was "negligible", Gorey studied art for one semester at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1943, eventually becoming a professional illustrator. From 1953 to 1960, he lived in New York City and worked for the Art Department of Doubleday Anchor, illustrating book covers and in some cases adding illustrations to the text. He has illustrated works as diverse as Dracula by Bram Stoker, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. In later years he illustrated many children's books by John Bellairs, as well as books in several series begun by Bellairs and continued by other authors after his death.