The Mystery! of Edward Gorey

A few months back, this post popped into my NotGoogleReader®. Like so many of my memories — lying dormant ’till rudely awoken by the triggers of unexpected images and sounds — it instantly reminded me of my mostly-misbegotten youth. And of one of my all-time favorite TV show openings: the animated sequence from PBS’ Mystery!

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I suppose it’s no surprise, given my fascination with animated things (and with title sequences). But the recollection was so instantaneous and so powerful, I decided to dig a bit deeper. An embarrassingly brief search later, I realized why that handful of “Dracula” images and my macabre childhood memories were so closely tied.

The drawings are from Edward Gorey — the illustrator whose strikingly simple yet effective (and, frankly, strange) works served as the inspiration and driving creative force behind the show’s opening and closing credits. (Why, yes. I am just a trifle slow on the uptake. But only on days ending in “y,” thank you very much.)

I was thinking of posting this clip, featuring Gorey’s artwork, the mesmerizing mellifluence of host Vincent Price, Patrick Gowers’ music, and the first episode of Granada’s wonderful “Sherlock Holmes” series. But I was worried that my head might explode from the awesome. I’m savin’ lives here.

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About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.