Edward Gorey (1925-2000)
I have been an Edward Gorey fanatic for an infinitely long time. The Gashlycrumb Tinies was the very first Gorey creation that I was ever subjected to, and - having an inherent disdain for children - I was immediately intrigued.
This is Gorey's macabre Victorian alphabet tribute to children, with no happy endings in sight.
(actually this book was originally first published in 1963).
You can read more about Edward Gorey and see a few of his illustrations on my other blog at this link:
The Gashlycrumb Tinies