Gorey has been a HUGE influence on me in many ways, though subject matter and art style are not necessarily among them. He built a terrific life and career out of following his muse, occasionally self-publishing, and not worrying about how different his work was from anything else in the world. Plus, the man was damn funny. I’m still hoping that Mooncusser Films manages to finish their long-in-development documentary about Gorey … the clips I’ve seen have been WONDERFUL.
What I’m aiming to do here at with Story Time With Stan! is VERY much influenced by Gorey, though I don’t think I’ve produced anything yet that really lives up to his example … I’m certainly working on it. And one upcoming project in particular is absolutely a tip of the hat to the master.
If you’ve got a copy of The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest, The Curious Sofa, or any of his other little books filled with big ideas … take it off the shelf and give it a read in honor of Mr. G.