Just in time for Hallowe'en, Arcanifacts have slithered back into the River Edge Public Library. This year the theme is Harry Graham's Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes.
Before there was the madcap, murderous mayhem of Edward Gorey and Charles Addams, there was Harry Graham’s Ruthless Rhymes. Jocelyn Henry Clive “Harry” Graham was the epitome of the Victorian gentleman. His father was a prominent British barrister, his mother the daughter of the Earl of Cranbrook. Educated at Eton, he was raised to be a proper pillar of the Establishment. But Graham has a wicked sense of humour that couldn’t, that wouldn’t be suppressed. In 1899, with his pen nib dripping the blackest sarcasm, tinged with the precise amount of diabolic glee, he wrote his Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes. These verses of merry misfortune and hilarious homicide were a great success in their day, and it is about time for this long neglected master of the mirthfully macabre to rise again and take a bow.
The River Edge Library is located at 685 Elm Ave, River Edge, NJ 07661.
The exhibition will run through 14 November; get there before they slither away again!