This man is edward gorey. he died in april 2000, aged 75.
but before he died, and before i was born, back in 1963 (that’s not when i was born, that’s when he wrote this) this somewhat disturbed but completely brilliant man wrote and illustrated a genius story book called the gashlycrumb tinies.
it’s about 26 children (each representing a letter of the alphabet) and their untimely and gruesome deaths. it’s written in rhyming dactylic couplets. ie: A is for Amy who fell down the stairs, B is for Basil assaulted by bears. C is for Clara who wasted away, D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh, etc etc.
the examples below won’t rhyme because i’ve taken them out of order, but are still really good.