As with the other two tiles from this pub- lisher, TCS is a paperback book that shows wear easily. Over the years, Mr. Gorey would come up with numerous pen names based on the letters of his name. He seems to have been given just the right combination of 11 letters to make up far more names than one would have believed to be possible.
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The pseudonym suggests the work must be pornographic -- the author is not using his real name. What is interesting is how the story leads you to its weird conclusion.
None of the images in the book show anything remotely pornographic. Every image has a caption, and almost every caption suggests something sexual without going into any detail -- at all.
Of course you never find out what the "very surprising service" is; the next page just suggests another similarly vague sexual act. At the end of the book the sofa is suddenly introduced: The end. What makes that ending so insane, so disturbing but so cold, so interesting but so silent, is that -- like a big plot twist a la The Sixth Sense -- it makes you go back and reevaluate everything you have read.
You thought you knew what was going on in the previous pages: everyone was having sex of some sort. Actually the book was never specific at all, about anything.
For the length of the story you read between the lines and as the story ends you fall into the space provided with nothing at all to ground you; you have caught yourself in the trap the book sets up. It is a cunning and very dark parable on the power of the sexual imagination, and striking proof of that old Cosmo cliche that the brain is the biggest sexual organ of all.
The Curious Sofa
'The Curious Sofa': A Pornographic 1961 Horror Story by Edward Gorey