"To take my work seriously would be the height of folly" ~Edward Gorey (1925-2000)
Edward Gorey was an American artist well known for his book illustrations, though he often said he considered himself an author more than an artist. He illustrated the introduction to the BBC's "Mystery!" as well as "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Elliot and "Dracula" by Bram Stoker. His own works, often published under pen names that are anagrams or his real name, tend to be dark and humorous. Though many people think he must have been a dark and jaded person to come up with such horrid stuff as people disappearing, children dying, and urns stalking common folk; Edward Gorey actually had a rather bright personality, and an eclectic wardrobe of jeans, sneakers, gaudy rings, and fur coats. His reasoning behind the dark material of his works is that people shouldn't be too comfortable in their lives, and he sought to provide them with some of that necessary discomfort.