- Oh, and one more thing: does anybody have any idea what kind of
object a fantod might be in this scene? A guys enters an old
curiosity shop, says "I rather fancy that fantod under the glass
jar", inspects it critically and notes that it is not in a very good
condition. No dictionary short of full OED (which I keep forgetting
to consult when I'm in the library) offers any meaning that would
make sense there. In the end I went for ka'c^a, as it didn't really
matter for the story, but I'm quite bemused.
Jan Vanek jr.
"If no one else can fathom the work, Gorey reasoned, publish it
yourself, which is exactly what he did with much of his writing at his
own Fantod Press. (A fantod is described by Webster's as the "fidgets"
and by Gorey as "the vapors, the nervous tizzies." Fantods have also
shown up in his work as small, winged creatures stuffed in bell jars.)
Today, an early edition can go for as much as $750; an original print
Edward Gorey - he did the illustrations for the BBC's Mystery Theater,
if you've ever seen that.