The Peculiar Atrocities of Edward Gorey

By on February 22, 2013

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The grim works of Edward Gorey have garnered a cult following, but no one knew quite what to think when his manuscripts first started landing on the desks of publishers in the 1950s. According to this article, when Gorey’s “The Loathsome Couple” hit the desk of Simon & Schuster editor Robert Gottlieb, it was rejected for not being funny. Gorey replied, “Well, Bob, it wasn’t supposed to be funny; what a peculiar reaction.”

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One of Gorey’s strangest works is “The Curious Sofa,” a pornographic tale of horror about a sofa written under the pen name Ogdred Weary. The Curious Sofa dances discretely, almost mundanely around bizarre and obscure perversions, evident in the line “Still later Gerald did a terrible thing to Elsie with a saucepan.”

The Curious Sofa by Edward Gorey

“My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that’s what the world is like.” – Edward Gorey, Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey

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Charlie is the creator and curator of the bizarre for Cult of Weird. When he's not writing or rotting away at his mind-numbing day job, he can be found working on graphic design projects for horror media and hunting down local legends around his home state of Wisconsin. Though he prefers more tangible oddities, he maintains a skeptical interest in the paranormal. Probably as an excuse to explore beyond the no trespassing signs.

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