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"The Afternoon Party"


I'm very pleased to announce the publication of my piece "The Afternoon Party" in the debut issue of Goreyesque, an online journal devoted to new works inspired by the artist and writer Edward Gorey. My piece was inspired by Gorey's delightfully macabre "Thoughtful Alphabet" stories (26 words each, A to Z), and was really fun to write. My only regret is that Gorey isn't alive to illustrate my story; I can totally visualize the drunken socialite and the hapless guests flittering around her, but totally lack the necessary drawing skills to bring the story more vividly to life.

February 28, 2014 in Fiction | Permalink


Well done! An interesting use of form, and an evocative story in its own right.

Posted by: Jeff at Mar 1, 2014 9:38:00 PM

It's interesting to note that the editor assumed it was poetry, while I was thinking it was prose. Had I omitted the line breaks, there would have been no question it was prose. Gorey seems to have avoided this problem by essentially creating a third form - in the "Thoughtful Alphabet" pieces I've seen, the text appears solely as captions to his illustrations.

Posted by: Pete at Mar 2, 2014 9:54:34 AM