Mervyn Peake was born on this day in 1911. Peake was an English writer, artist, poet, and illustrator. He is best known for his grotesque Gothic fantasy trilogy, Gormenghast, and his delightfully macabre illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.  in addition to being an accomplished prose writer and illustrator, Peake published 6 volumes of verse in his lifetime as well. 

Seen above are Mervyn Peake, writing in a tree (but, of course), covers to the Citadel editions of The Gormenghast Trilogy, and several illustrations from Alice in Wonderland.