Under the Radar – The Edward Gorey Museum

Edward Gorey is an artist who needs no introduction. His illustrations have graced countless books, including his own, seasoning them with his peculiar style. That said, I had never heard of the Edward Gorey Museum in Yarmouth, Cape Cod until my brother happened to mention it during a visit. Naturally, I had to check it out.

Originally known as “The Elephant House,” Gorey’s former home boasts an impressive number of artifacts, all reflecting his wry eccentricity and somewhat morbid aesthete. The knickknacks he was so fond of collecting playfully clutter much of the space, all but devouring the kitchen it its entirety (which was Gorey’s own handiwork–he preferred to eat out). Complete versions of a few of the books he published through his own Fantod Press are available for perusal, and there are plenty of his excellent illustrations on display throughout the house. Patrons are even offered a scavenger hunt for representations of the ill-fated children who appeared in his best known work, The Gashlycrumb Tinies.

The tour guide was very friendly and a genuine fan, more than happy to expound on the objects and art on display or Gorey’s personal history.

Even with some rearranging of its contents, the house feels like the artist through and through. And Edward Gorey is always a good time.

About prutigli

Patrick Rutigliano grew up on a steady diet of comic books and horror movies. Making his first sale to Permuted press in 2007, he has since placed stories with several publications in addition to his first collection, Black Corners of a Blood-Red Room. The Untimely Deaths of Daryl Handy is his first independent release. During his off time, Patrick can usually be found attempting to recreate foreign cuisine, sacrificing cardboard to his cats, and having spirited debates with his wife over the failings of Disney villains.
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