New con­test for Week 1229: Gorey bits from A to Z

The Washington Post Sunday - - DIVERSIONS -

S is for Speedo, too small for your size. T is the Trauma you’ve done to my eyes. (Rob Pi­varnik) U is the Um­pire, whom fans like to boo, V is the Vam­pire, who wants to suck, too. (Mark Raffman) Y is for You, and your what/when/where/how; Z is for Zucker­berg; he owns it now. (Nan Reiner)

This week, for the third time in Style In­vi­ta­tional his­tory, we salute “The Gash­ly­crumb Tinies,” Ed­ward Gorey’s lit­tle faux­Vic­to­rian al­pha­bet pic­ture book, cre­ated in 1963 and com­posed of rhyming A­to­Z cou­plets about var­i­ous grisly demises of var­i­ous chil­dren (e.g., “E is for Ernest who choked on a peach/ F is for Fanny sucked dry by a leech”). The hu­mor in our In­vite ver­sions — from 2008 and 2013 — tends to be less mor­bid but more timely, so that’s one rea­son to bring it back; we’ll have lots of new folks to stick it to. But the real rea­son is that we have the Per­fect Prize to give to, no, not this week’s win­ner but to sec­ond place: It’s this poster ad­ver­tis­ing the up­com­ing “Gorey: The Doc­u­men­tary,” a film by Christo­pher Seufert that’s still in pro­duc­tion. And it’s de­signed by none other than our own Bob Staake, a fan and for­mer Cape Cod neigh­bor of Gorey, who died in 2000.

This week: Send us one or more edgy rhyming

al­pha­bet­primer cou­plets, as in the ex­am­ples above; the pairs are AB, CD, EF, GH, IJ, KL, MN, OP, QR, ST, UV, WX and YZ. Feel free to send cou­plets for all 13 — as usual, you can send 25 en­tries in all — but make sure each cou­plet works on its own; you’ll have to pub­lish your full set your­self. See this week’s Style Con­ver­sa­tional at conv­1229 for the ear­lier re­sults and for more about Gorey. Sub­mit en­tries at this web­site:­ter-in­vite-1229 (all low­er­case). Win­ner gets the Inkin’ Memo­rial, the Lin­coln statue bob­ble­head that is the of­fi­cial Style In­vi­ta­tional tro­phy — one of the last few be­fore we come out with a new de­sign. Sec­ond place re­ceives the Gorey poster. Other run­ners-up win our new “You Gotta Play to Lose” Loser Mug or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Pun­man­ship.” Hon­or­able men­tions get one of our new lusted­af­ter Loser mag­nets, “No Child­ish­ness Left Be­hind” or “Mag­num Do­pus.” First Of­fend­ers re­ceive only a smelly tree­shaped air “fresh­ener” (FirStink for their first ink). Dead­line is Mon­day night, June 5; re­sults pub­lished June 25 (on­line June 22). See gen­eral con­test rules and guide­lines at­vRules. The head­line for this week’s re­sults is by Jon Gearhart; the hon­or­able­men­tions sub­head is by Tom Witte. Join the Style In­vi­ta­tional Devo­tees group on Face­book at in­vdev. “Like” Style In­vi­ta­tional Ink of the Day on Face­book at­day.

THE STYLE CON­VER­SA­TIONAL The Em­press’s weekly on­line col­umn dis­cusses each new con­test and set of re­sults. Es­pe­cially if you plan to en­ter, check it out at­conv.


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