This is an ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING of this poster by David Palladini. Printed ca. 1986, it advertises the PBS/Mobil Mystery! presentation of Malice Aforethought, based on the novel by Francis Iles. Hosted by Vincent Price, the caption reads: The story of a country doctor whose hobby was murder.
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.
Printed in the 1980s, the poster advertises the PBS Mystery! production of The Seven Dials Mystery, an Agatha Christie thriller. The caption reads: "The alarm was loud enough to wake the dead." It was a two and a half hour dramatic television program starring Cheryl Campbell and Sir John Gielgud. It was hosted by Peter Ustinov.
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.
In the English-village mysteries popularized by Agatha Christie everyone is so cozy and the roses bloom so prettily that one almost neglects to notice the specter of mayhem. Alcorn announces a Mystery! series of these murderous romances and criminal comedies with the image of a sweet young thing in a frame resembling fine Haviland china.