Happy Birthday, Mr. Addams!

Today is Charles Addams’ 100th birthday–and for a complete stranger born 57 years and one week before my time, he’s had a surprisingly important influence on the way I see the world.

We never owned a sweet, traditional copy of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes; we had the version illustrated by Charles Addams. Far more sinister, and a whole lot more interesting!

‘Solomon Grundy’ takes on a whole different perspective when glimpsed through Mr. Addams’ macabre vision:

Along with the weather, another of Mr. Addams’ Mother Goose illustrations inspired my July 2008 blog post:

I could go on and on–and I’d like to–but what I really want to say is this: Happy Birthday, Mr. Addams! May your work continue to send shivers up our spines for the next hundred years!*

*For more information on Charles Addams, visit the Charles & Tee Addams Foundation.

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