Characters, Fantasy, Main Genre: Horror (Light Horror), posts

Some Unfortunate Characters: The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Image: "G" is for Gashlycrumb

When thinking about unfortunate characters, it’s impossible to avoid The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. (On a side note, does anyone else make the mistake of trying to think of them as “The Tinycrumb Gashlies”?)

These are perhaps 26 of the most unfortunate characters in literature that are all found in one piece of work. Not only do they generally meet terrible ends, but they are too young to have such early demises. Like many popular works, The Gashlycrumb Tinies has even inspired photography and crafts, such as this Gashlycrumb Tinies diorama that was on Etsy for $8,500.00.

While the concept is obviously morbid, the Gashlycrumbs are very popular, nonetheless. It’s probably a mixture of the unique drawings and the “plot” put together that makes them strangely appealing.

Some favorites include:

“E is for Ernest who choked on a peach.” It’s hard to say if the idea here is that no one eventually bothered to cut the peach for Ernest and he truly did try to swallow the entire thing whole. Either way, you can’t help but notice this child seemingly sitting in a dark room with an overpowering dining table in a chair that appears to be much too towering, even for an adult.

“J is for James who took lye by mistake.” What was this child actually trying to reach when he got up on the stool to get into bottles that were clearly not for a child’s consumption?

It’s interesting how such a morbidly creative work could spawn dioramas and such an immense following. Who wouldn’t love The Gashlycrumb Tinies? (Well, there are probably people who don’t.) Perhaps a former co-worker said it best when he complimented Gorey, saying, “That guy rules!”



Flash Fiction, Life Stuff, Main Genre: Nostalgia, Microfiction, Nostalgia, posts, Wisdom

Remembering Through an Old House

Microstory: The old house was filled with things that reminded them of themselves, of each other...even if these things were just in the background.}



We’re living in a time when retro and nostalgia are in style more than any other past era. So what things do we tend to remember? We obviously remember the big things…the big events, things that changed our lives, the milestones.

But there are also things in our minds that are hidden — things that are not linked to any big milestone, but when we see them in a photo or suddenly hear them mentioned, we get a more vivid recollection of the feelings of a particular time in the past than the polished memories of the big events always at the front of our minds.

How is it that these little things in the background sometimes live so strongly in our heads? They didn’t seem “important” at the time — but they were powerful enough to sometimes spark a stronger reaction than memories of an entire big event.

There is a saying by Cesare Pavese, saying, “We don’t remember days — we remember moments.” Maybe those little things remind us of the moments.





Related to the prompt “Retrospective.

{More nostalgia posts and flash fiction}