The Twelve Terrors of Christmas: Drawings by Edward Gorey

The Twelve Terrors of Christmas: Drawings by Edward Gorey


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Edward Gorey�s off-kilter depictions of Yuletide mayhem and John Updike�s wryly jaundiced text examine a dozen Christmas traditions with a decidedly wheezy ho-ho-ho.

1. Santa: The Man
Loose-fitting nylon beard, fake optical twinkle, cheap red suit, funny rummy smell when you sit on his lap. If he�s such a big shot, why is he drawing unemployment for eleven months of the year? Something scary and off-key about him, like one of those Stephen King clowns . . .

This long out-of-print classic is the perfect stocking-stuffer for any bah humbug.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764937101
Publisher: Pomegranate Communications, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2006
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 287,718
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Best known for his Rabbit novels, John Updike (1932-2009) was also a master of the short story, whose work appeared regularly in The New Yorker. "A&P," one of his classic stories took aim at suburban life, as did many of his longer books. Rabbit Is Rich (1982) and Rabbit at Rest (1990) both won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Updike dominated the literary scene for decades, writing not just fiction but also essays, poems, book reviews, and art criticism.

Date of Birth:

March 18, 1932

Date of Death:

January 27, 2009

Place of Birth:

Shillington, Pennsylvania

Place of Death:

Beverly Farms, MA


A.B. in English, Harvard University, 1954; also studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England

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The Twelve Terrors of Christmas: Drawings by Edward Gorey 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RainyDogDay More than 1 year ago
I personally love this book. It's wit is never ending and makes seemingly monotonous holiday traditions seem almost sinister.
CatRobson1 More than 1 year ago
Just the balm for your holiday blues. My misanthropic heart thrilled to the combination of social critique and cynical silliness. Not to be missed. 
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PitcherBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Twelve post-modern terrors of Christmas. One Gorey illustration and one Updike paragraph allotted per terror. Pretty bleak. If you didn't hate Christmas before, you might after reading this. Definitely not for kids or anyone who is already depressed! I've always loved Gorey's illustrations. And this book is no exception. Just wish Gorey had written the book too. His book would have been both bleak and humorous. Updike's take is just... bleak. Don't buy it for the text. If you are an ardent and die-hard Gorey fan, go ahead and buy it for the illos but don't say I didn't warn you!
jordsly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book caught my eye and I bought it without opening it at the store. That was a huge mistake! I brought it home and read through it in about ten minutesl it ruined Christmas. My girlfriend and I both hated it. I knew it was going to be dark, and that is fine, but it was simply too snarky and unfunny. Oh well, maybe I'll give it away as a stocking stuffer or something.Cheers!
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A tiny little book that purports to examine 12 ideas and icons of Christmas. Santa: the Concept, The Specials, The Carols - all are discussed in a sinister light, with a sense of lurking danger. Edward Gorey's illustrations are crucial, of course. A hoot.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A gruesome re-imagining of The 12 Days of Christmas, John Updike's The Twelve Terrors of Christmas isn't anything special or amazing, but it was a fun little book to read. The accompanying Edward Gorey illustrations really make the book. In typical Gorey fashion, he takes everyday events and gives them that twist of the macabre to really make you think about what you're looking at.