A is for Amy who fell down the stairs: A morbid, illustrated alphabet poem

By Abraham Piper

The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey is an illustrated alphabet book published in 1963. In it, each letter is represented by a child whose name starts with that letter and who happens to die in a way that rhymes with a neighboring child’s demise.

Very pleasant.

It may come as no surprise that, despite writing dozens of books for kids, Mr. Gorey had no children and didn’t even really like them that much.

…and so on.