Edward StJohn Gorey
- Category : Art-Commercial-artist
- Type : PE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Spirit 1
American writer and illustrator who produced more than 100 small morbid volumes since 1953, drawings that were generally accompanied by austere, whimsically sadistic texts.
His parents divorced when he was 11 and they remarried 16 years later. Gorey served in the military from June 1944 for two years. Self-taught as an artist, he earned a B.A. in Harvard in 1950. From book illustrations and writing, he began to publish his own sinister little books, precision works with macabre wit such as "The Doubtful Guest," 1957, "The Insect God," 1963 and "The Gilded Bat," 1966.
Tall with striking looks, Gorey was unmarried, saying that he'd never been emotionally involved. Not a recluse, he nonetheless avoided the limelight, declining a 1980 Tony Award for his gothic sets for "Dracula."
Gorey died 4/15/2000, following a heart attack in Hyannis, MA.