The famed illustrator was well-known for his delightfully macabre style, which is on display in today’s Google Doodle illustration. Gorey himself appears to sit behind the ‘G’ as some of his most popular illustrations support each letter in the soundless Doodle. Click anywhere on the image, and Google takes you to the search results for Gorey.
Gorey’s best-known and certainly most notorious work is probably The Gashlycrumb Tinies, which, letter by letter, depicts the death of 26 children (sample: “A is for Amy, who fell down the stairs.”) But his distinctive style wasn’t limited to books: The author also won a Tony for the costumes in the 1977 Broadway production of Dracula and was responsible for the animated intro to the classic PBS show, Mystery.
Gorey passed away in 2000, at age 75. Below you can check out an animated video for The Gashleycrumb Tinies. Try not to choke on a peach or get mauled by bears, okay?