Review: the Black Doll

The Black Doll may very well be the coolest book in my collection.  The book contains an unproduced silent screenplay by the legendary Edward Gorey, as well as a lengthy interview with him conducted by Ann Nocenti.  

The interview is integral to the script that follows.  The Black Doll is essentially a distillation of all of Gorey’s theatrical influences, many of which are quite obscure to all but the most dedicated film buff.  The interview covers that entry barrier to the following story quite well (along with a number of explanatory footnotes).  Nocenti also does an amazing job of getting the somewhat reclusive Gorey to open up, making for a wonderful treat for fans.

The screenplay that follows is classic Gorey, and it’s actually pretty amazing just how easily it reads for something with out dialog.  It also reads remarkably like his other stories, which clearly shows how silent films have influenced those tales as well.  Reading this book has made me want to go back and reread everything else by Gorey just to see what else I can pick up in them now.

This is an absolute must own for fans of Gorey, and for everyone else it is one of the clearest examples of just why they should read him.

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