Goreypalooza continues! This time it's a selection of his covers for children's books. And if, by the way, you're not sure what this Gorey-love is all about, you should read his The Gashlycrumb Tinies, one of his nastily funny versions of a children's ABC book. Full online versions of presumably dubious legality, copyright-wise, are here and here. The latter site is Argentinean, and provides a handy Spanish translation. You never know when you might need to know the phrase, "Z es por Zillah que bebió mucho Gin."
A writer whose own outlook on the world seems appropriately close to Gorey's is Joan Aiken, of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase fame.
A writer I don't know is John Bellairs. His Wikipedia entry has me intrigued, however, and his Dickens- and M. R. James-influenced fantasy/horror/adventure stories seem to have provided Gorey with plenty of alarming characters to draw.
On a lighter note, there are his covers for Mary Rodgers (best known for the multiply-filmed Freaky Friday) and John Ciardi.
The cover blurb for the first of these two Florence Parry Heide books ('Something very strange was happening.') would be the perfect summary of almost every bit of Gorey's work.
The combination of Muriel Spark and Edward Gorey also seems a perfect one: it would have been great if he could have illustrated the jackets of some of her adult novels.
There are many, many more Gorey-illustrated children's books: the man was frighteningly proficient. Here are just a few of them.
Next, in the penultimate of these Gorey posts, a marathon sprint through a random selection of his other covers for other people. Then, in part five, a look at Gorey's covers for his own books.