Long before The ABCs of Death came around, the late Edward Gorey told 26 short tales of alphabet-related deaths with the book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, originally published way back in 1963. The morbid book, which is a part of my personal collection, features black and white drawings that depict the demises of 26 different children, along with short rhymes that tell the stories of how they met their end. 'E is for Ernest, who choked on a peach,' reads one page. 'F is for Fanny, sucked dry by a leech,' reads the next.
Over on the website Brental Floss, Gorey's unique style was recently used as the inspiration for a pretty awesome art project, comprised of 26 illustrations that depict the deaths of popular video game characters. The Gorey-style drawings show the demises of beloved characters like Mario, Zelda and Earthworm Jim, and putting them all together creates a video game-themed version of The Gashlycrumb Tinies.
Check out some of our favorites below and see all 26 'Game Over Tinies' by heading over to Brental Floss!