The New England Grimpendium: Edward Gorey House

For the next month, I’ll be posting photo essays on locations, attractions, and artifacts elaborated on in my new book, The New England Grimpendium (available now) to celebrate its debut...and to convince you that it’s worth buying, I guess. That was directed at you, Mom.

September 2, 2010 — Located on Cape Cod in Yarmouth Port, MA, this humble-looking house was the actual home of renowned artist and writer Edward Gorey, who was known for such hilariously macabre works as The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Loathsome Couple, and Dancing Cats and Neglected Murderesses. Gorey died a mere ten years ago, and the house was turned into an intimate little museum that is staffed by his friends and relatives. So where his house was once just full of his stuff, now it's full of his stuff under glass and on display shelves. It's one of my favorite New England discoveries, and a great opportunity for appreciators of Gorey's work.

 He called the place "Elephant House."

The eponymous Doubtful Guest 

Here lies the Gashlycrumb Tinies. Your deaths amused us all. 

The problem with this Gorey-designed weather vane is that you don't want to 
subject it to the elements. And that there is only one.

 Gorey designed the animated credit sequence 
for the PBS show Mystery! 
(bonus Vincent Price connection)

 He also designed the narrator set for some of the seasons.

He designed the set and costumes for the 1977 Broadway play Dracula, 
winning a Tony for the latter .

Sometime Gorey inserted himself in his work.

 His famous racoon coat

 The man himself

Read all about my visit to the Edward Gorey House in The New England Grimpendium, which is on sale now.