He spent most of his life living and working in the Valley of Four Drafts as a mechanical instructor at the V.F.D. Headquarters. It is said that the one thing that could put him in a good mood was a "particularly promising mechanical student." Mr. Kornbluth was a quiet and mysterious man, and no one had ever known who he was, where he came from, or what the "C" or the "M" stood for. He always carried a paper bag of pistachios in his pocket and spent much of his spare time holed up in his dormitory room, writing strange stories, or gazing sadly out the windows of the kitchen. He is said by Lemony Snicket to have died in a fire.
- Both his name and his hobby of "writing strange stories" are references to science fiction writer Cyril Michael Kornbluth.
- It's possible he has a child/children enrolled with the Snow Scouts. When Esmé Squalor explains that they will burn all the Snow Scouts' homes to gain their fortunes (The Slippery Slope), one of the names she mentions is "Kornbluth."
|A Series of Unfortunate Events (Books)|
|1. The Bad Beginning (1999):||Absent||7. The Vile Village (2001):||Absent|
|2. The Reptile Room (1999):||Absent||8. The Hostile Hospital (2001):||Absent|
|3. The Wide Window (2000):||Absent||9. The Carnivorous Carnival (2002):||Absent|
|4. The Miserable Mill (2000):||Absent||10. The Slippery Slope (2003):||Mentioned|
|5. The Austere Academy (2000):||Absent||11. The Grim Grotto (2004):||Absent|
|6. The Ersatz Elevator (2001):||Absent||12. The Penultimate Peril (2005):||Absent|
|13. The End (2006):||Absent|
|All the Wrong Questions|
|Who Could That Be at This Hour? (2012):||Absent||Shouldn't You Be in School? (2014):||Absent|
|When Did You See Her Last? (2013):||Absent||Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? (2015):||Absent|
|File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (2014):||Absent|
|Other Snicket Books|
|Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (2002):||Absent|
|The Dismal Dinner (2004):||Absent|
|The Beatrice Letters (2006):||Absent|
|The Hero of the Story (2017):||Absent|
- The Slippery Slope (Mentioned only)