Three of my four Amphigorey books (by Edward Gorey) have arrived! Thank you Amazon for making such difficult books happy-easy to find.
I’ve always been a closet fan of horror/suspense. Not the watered-down, Diet Coke versions such as the Twilight series (which I seriously doubt would fall under ‘horror’ anyway). I still do recall, way back in Std. 4, the very first books I ever bought with my own pocket money were the “99 Fear Street: House of Evil” series. I also remember reading Goosebumps’ “Welcome to Dead House” while nursing a fever on the second floor of the St Scho Manila clinic back in Gr. 2 (yup, the scary floor filled with nothing but ancient hospital beds).
Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I liked understated, creep-up-behind-you storytelling best. H.P. Lovecraft + reading alone under lamplight + imagination was enough to produce goosebumps.
At times, seeing it is just as good as reading the words. Illustrators like Charles Addams, Gahan Wilson (whom my sisters and I got to know through The Ultimate Haunted House) and Edward Gorey’s stories and pictures (I loved The Gashlycrumb Tinies) are also in a class of their own. I look forward to reading Gorey’s The Object Lesson, Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham and Dahl’s Boy to my future kids.
Another artist whose works I currently adore is John Kenn Mortensen. He draws his pictures in such detail it’s hard to believe he uses Post-its as his canvas. His monsters are just the type nightmares are made of too.
And now, just to add to the randomness of this post, here is a really good animated short of The Facts In the Case of Mr. Valdemar by another one of my favorite authors, Edgar Allan Poe.
Finally, a cute picture of a shtoopid fat pigeon, which was the only reason I brought home my copy of the Metro today.