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By Dan Cziraky
April 24, 2000
I was fortunate enough to attend three performances of the DRACULA revival starring Frank Langella and designed by the recently deceased Edward Gorey. It made me a Gorey fan for life! I ran out and bought everything of his I could find after seeing that show. I was bitterly disappointed when his designs were NOT used in Universal's 1979 film, with Langella and Sir Lawrence Olivier.
Today, there are two Gorey items I particularly treasure: the 1997 Centennial Edition of Bram Stoker's DRACULA, published by Barnes & Noble Books and illustrated by Gorey; and, a plush, stuffed toy bat, designed by Gorey, that I found at New York City's Mysterious Book Store in the early 1980s. Gorey was a man of rare, unique talent, whose vision will be greatly missed.