Massachusetts, as well as the rest of New England, is home to all manner of gargoyles, grotesques, chimeras, and other strange and striking statuary which thrive in its architecture and environs….
Weightlifter Gargoyle

  1. Gloria Carter says:

    These photos are truly amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Pat McGehee says:

    Thanks so much for including our lovely Gargoyles, Frick & Frack to your great site. We love our protectors and hope all that see them do too. Love, love, love the black & white photography, the best. Many thanks from us at Mary’s by the Sea Rockport.

    • You are very welcome, and thank you! I’m so pleased that you approve and do not mind me sharing your marvelous gargoyles with the world on my site. I discovered your three gargoyles on a trip to Rockport and was immediately smitten with them. I’m delighted to learn the names of two of them are Frick and Frack (I’m assuming Frick and Frack are the two similar gargoyles in contemplative poses), but am very curious if the third bulldogesque one has a name as well?

  3. Susan Elizabeth Sweeney says:

    Wonderfully expressive faces, caught up close and beautifully framed. The captions are poems in themselves. Thank you for letting me see this strange and tender world through your eyes.

    • You are very welcome and thank you so much for your kind words, they mean a lot to me.
      I’m pleased to be able to share my fascination with these weird and wonderful creatures that are
      all around us, but we sometimes don’t notice.

  4. aylaeh says:

    Beautiful and sometimes creepy photos that you have here! If you are ever near Atlanta, GA you might like to check out Oakland Cemetery. It’s a beautiful Victorian cemetery. You can check it out @ http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/.

  5. Are you related to the long-ago, fantastic shop/gallery of about the same name on Newbury Street?

    • I’m sorry to say that this site has no direct relationship to the wonderful, but now defunct Gargoyles, Grotesques, and Chimeras except for fond memories of my few visits there. It was one of my two favorite shops on Newbury Street (along with the also long-gone Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop), and remember it was a truly magical place to explore, with the dry autumn leaves strewn on the floor, and no interior light except for the daylight that shone through the stained glass window and the door. It was cluttered, in the best sense of the word, with gargoyles of all sizes, religious statues, old leather-clad volumes, and odd curios. It is a truly missed landmark of Boston, and helped inspire my lifelong fascination with gargoyles, grotesques, and other strange statuary, which lead to the creation of this blog, so I guess there is a connection after all!

  6. Thanks for your perfect characterization of that magical place.

    On one of my visits one of the owners told me he had concluded that the arrangement of gargoyles on Notre Dame was the shape of the infinity symbol which coincidentally appeared as section breaks in a novel I was trying to get published. I had a returned manuscript in my car which I gave him. A few weeks later he called and asked if they could sell a boxed manuscript edition. We printed and sold I believe 20 copies of Forever Man which was later put out in hardback by a small Connecticut publisher to nice reviews.

    I credit GG&C with my first real world encouragement as a novelist and enjoyed their continuing friendship until I left Boston in the late 90s.

    This is a cool website. I was just at North Cemetery in Oxford yesterday. I do a lot of grave photography and was there for Clarissa Barton.

    • You are very welcome, and thank you so much for sharing your experience and reminding me of that amazing gallery/shop! Although I was only able to visit Gargoyles, Grotesques, and Chimeras a couple of times, the place made a lasting impression on me.

      I was able to check out your site, and highly recommend all reading this to do the same: https://ggreider.smugmug.com/
      Your photography is absolutely amazing! As opposed to amateur like me, you are quite accomplished, and as your photos show, you really know what you are doing!

  7. You are very kind. I thank you for the mention.

    Best wishes.

  8. Some day I will travel that area with a camera. Really awesome historic stuff. Cool website!

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  10. bow says:

    Where can images be sent? There is a statue of a Knight in Westford…an effigy.

  11. Hi there, thanks so much for adorning my wee blog with a follow. It is greatly appreciated and you are warmly welcomed aboard. Feel free to comment and hope to see you often. In visiting Boston recently the highlight for me was the Old Burial Ground, fascinating. MM 🍀

  12. Michael Milligan says:

    These are spectacular. One after another.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for including images from our store display. We do ask that next time please ask before taking them. We pride ourselves on originality and we cant be original if people copy our displays.

  14. Sheryl Gim says:

    Thanks a lot for choosing to follow my blog. I’m so grateful for your support. I can’t wait to see more from you. Please let me know if you’re on Twitter or Instagram so I could support you there as well.

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