It's not too late to get ghouled up for the year's most wicked holiday. Around this time, we here at Mystery Scene begin thinking about our annual "Mystery Lovers Gift Guide." When we stumbled across the Edward Gorey House Store, we couldn't resist getting a head(less) start on sharing some of the great gifts ideas we found.
$40-$100 The Edward Gorey Cats & Bats Jewelry Collection
They're creepy and they're gruesome, but mystery-loving (or is that Mystery!-loving?) cat fans will dig the Edward Gorey-inspired pins, necklaces, earrings and charms, featuring assorted felines and bats in suspicious positions. Readers in particular will cotton to the slightly creepy Book Cat Pin ($63.90) which they bill as "a take-it-with-you reminder of one of life's simpler pleasures." Sure, it's just an innocent tabby sprawled on an innocent stack of books—or is that just what they want you to think?
$12.95 each The Edward Gorey Tinies Alphabet Mugs
A series of 26 11-ounce mugs, suitable for sipping coffee, tea or mercury cyanide, running from A to Z, and each featuring a wrap around image by Gorey. Of particular interest to certain editors is "K is for Kate who was struck with an axe," which adorns one side, while Death and the Gashlycrumb Tinies kids frolic on the mug's reverse side. Or collect them all! "'A' is forAmy who fell down the stairs," "'B' is for Basil assaulted by bears," etc. Dishwasher and microwave safe so you can get out those damned spots.
$16.99 Gashlycrumb Tinies Lunchbox
And while we're on all things Gorey, what disturbed little boy or ghoul wouldn't want to trot off to school with his or her very own Edward Gorey Lunchbox? This full-size lunchbox, which features the complete text from Gorey's classic 1963 alphabet reader (see above) narrates the sad fates of all 26 "Tinies." Suddenly peanut butter sandwiches can be cool again...
$13.95 Edward Gorey Dracula Mousepad
It's creepy and it's kooky, mysterious and spooky. Yep, Gorey takes on Bram Stoker's venerable old bloodsucker, and the red, white and black result, captured on this washable, water- and coffee-resistant natural rubber mousepad, is all together ooky. But rest easy, PETA members: the fine people at pomegranate.com assured me that "No mice were injured in testing this product."