Thursday, January 7, 2016
Dracula, by Bram Stoker (with illustrations by Edward Gorey), text originally published in 1897, illustrations in 1979.
My edition of Dracula is decorated with illustrations by Edward Gorey, which is exactly why I bought that particular edition. The illustrations came from Dracula's Toy Theatre.
I remember not being able to finish this book the first time I tried to read it -- I was that caught up in it and terrified. Finally, I read it completely some time in my 20s, before the painful Gary Oldham movie version was released. And now, about twenty years later, I've re-read it. Bram Stoker wasn't a brilliant wordsmith, but he knew how to tell an incredibly dramatic, suspenseful, and rather ghastly tale.