With a cult following, Gorey’s designs bring to mind macabre Edwardian and Victorian sensibilities, always with a side of wicked humor. In 1980, he was commissioned by PBS to create a variety of posters for its ongoing Mystery! series, as well as its animated introduction. With far less detail than his other images, this chilling design for the Demon Barber of Fleet Street strikes a delightfully ominous chord.
This is is one of the many posters Edward Gorey produced for PBS's Mystery! series. This particular poster is entitled 'Shades of Darkness,' with the subtitle 'Tales that Terrify.' The lower middle text reads: "Adapted from stories by Edith Wharton, LP Hartley, Walter de la Mare, May Sinclair, and CHB Kitchin." This was a seven-part series which began airing on April 12th, hosted by the iconic Vincent Price.