Praise for The Evil Garden by readers at LibraryThing:A wonderful thing. Cannot recommend it enough...
For lovers of Gorey's works this is a must, and for those unfamiliar with him then
The Evil Garden makes one of the best introductions possible.
Edward Gorey at his most grimly humorous.
Charming to read, a delight to hold.
Recommended for: people who appreciate “vaguely ominous” situations happening to perfectly nice Edwardian families.
[A] wickedly fun book!
The Evil Garden is in typical Edward Gorey fashion: Starting out with a beautiful day and devolving into mayhem!
If you know anyone with a vivid imagination, an oddly skewed funnybone, a touch of Victorian drama and Georgian-through-flapper fashion sense, do them a favor and introduce them to the world of Gorey.
A happy, naive family enters the Evil Garden (free admission!) to spend a sunny afternoon in its inviting landscape, lush with exotic trees and flowers. They soon realize their mistake, as harrowing sounds and evidence of foul play emerge. When humongous hairy bugs, famished carnivorous plants, ferocious fruit-guarding bears, and a sinister strangling snake take charge, the family’s ominous feelings turn to full-on panic—but where’s the exit?
Edward Gorey leads us through this nefarious garden with a light step. His unmistakable drawings paired with engaging couplets produce giggles, not gasps. Perhaps The Evil Garden
is a morality tale; perhaps it’s simply an enigmatic entertainment. Whatever the interpretation, it’s a prime example of the iconic storytelling genius that is Edward Gorey.About the ARTIST
Edward St. John Gorey was a Harvard grad, a brilliant artist, a celebrated set and costume designer (his costumes for a Broadway production of Dracula
earned him a Tony Award), a lover of animals (particularly cats) and the arts (he seldom missed a performance of the New York City Ballet), and an avid deltiologist—an obscure word so Gorey—like you might think he invented it himself (it means “a collector of postcards”). His humorously unsettling drawings of vaguely Victorian innocents often facing unfortunate ends became familiar to a wide audience after appearing in the opening credits of the PBS television series Mystery