I recall my mother watching the PBS series Mystery! when I was young, and liking the title sequence more than the shows. It was only later in the '90s, when I was in the throes of my Horror Punk years, that I really started to explore the world of Edward Gorey and see the influence that he had on many of the things that I held dear. His morbid, dark, and sketchy cartoons seemed to be remnants of a past era, and built a world and body of work that was in many ways a dark American version of the great P.G. Wodehouse.
A reclusive and cult figure, it was only after his passing in 2000 (and isn't it fitting that a man who was so stuck in the 1900s would only live only to see the turn of the century) that this slim 68 pages biographical volume was issued. It's a quick read that includes examples of Gorey's work, and some insight to his world. Writer Alexander Theroux was not only a fan of Gorey, but a friend and neighbor, giving him an authority on the subject that many biographers don't have.
Alas my Horror Punk years are behind me, and slowly as I have drifted around my book collection has drifted away, however this little biography has stayed.