A Gorey Evening: A Fundraiser for the Order of the Good Death

Art by Landis Blair


Join us for A Gorey Evening: A fundraiser for the Order of the Good Death and the Edward Gorey House

When: 7:00pm, Friday September 28

Cost: $100

Reading in Story Chapel, Cocktail party in Bigelow Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery

Join us for A Gorey Evening! TICKETS 

Kick off Death Salon Boston in gashly style with an evening of cocktails, music, Edward Gorey artifacts, original art by Landis Blair, and the good company of your fellow Death Salon attendees and organizers. Gorey-themed attire is strongly encouraged.

While the rest of the Death Salon events are sold out, it is possible to make a day out of the events still available on Friday!

From 9am-4pm there will be free and open to the public events at Mount Auburn Cemetery (Note: this does not include the guided tours, which are for main event ticketholders only).

Death Salon Field Day includes first come, first served talks and performances at intervals throughout the day by:

+ Colin Dickey – Philosophically Opposed: The Garden Cemetery through the Eyes of America’s Early Philosophers and Writers

+ Patrick Gabridge – All the Cemetery’s a Stage: Mounting Site Specific Plays at Mount Auburn Cemetery

+ Candace Currie – Natural Burials at Mount Auburn Cemetery (including demonstration

At 7pm, tickets are still available ($100) for A Gorey Evening: A fundraiser for the Order of the Good Death & The Edward Gorey House

Join us for A Gorey Evening!

The evening begins with author Mark Dery reading from his upcoming book, Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey, and taking questions about the “Grandfather of Goth”.

From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey’s wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth.

Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, Born to Be Posthumous draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey.

Mark Dery is a cultural critic. He coined the term “Afrofuturism,” popularized the concept of “culture jamming,” taught at Yale and NYU, and has published widely on pop culture, the media, and on the mythologies (and pathologies) of American life. His books include Flame Wars, a seminal anthology of writings on digital culture; Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the end of the centuryThe Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink, and the essay collection, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams. Like Gorey, his mission in life “is to make everybody as uneasy as possible.”

After the talk, ramble up the hill under cover of night to the newly renovated Gothic splendor of Bigelow Chapel. Enjoy our Edward Gorey themed cocktail party with real artifacts from the Edward Gorey House. Ticket price includes snacks and 1 free drink, cash bar also available. All proceeds benefit the Edward Gorey House and the Order of the Good Death.