Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #DolphinCross

"It occurs to me that you are out of this place as much as you are in it. Why did you ever become a monk?"

Abbot of Dunfathersbairn Abbey - The Dolphin Cross

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #HandOfTheNecromancer

"Perhaps I shall take a large darning needle and sew your tongue between your lips."

Mattheus Mergal - The Hand of the Necromancer

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #TreasureOfAlpheusWinterborn

"I’ll take it and put it in the library fine box if you want me to."

Anthony Monday - The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Memoriam: Richard Peck

Author Richard Peck has died at the age of 84. 

Don't Look and It Won't Hurt (1972) was his first of 40 novels for young readers.  His writing earned him the 1990 Margaret Edwards Award, the 1990 National Council of Teachers of English/ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award.

His 1975 novel, The Ghost Belonged to Me, introduced readers to Blossom Culp who would go on to feature in four of Peck's novels.  Ghost was one of three stories included in Once Upon a Midnight Scary, the 1979 program hosted by Vincent Price that included, in addition to Peck's novel, adaptations of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The House with a Clock in its Walls.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #ChessmenOfDoom

"I have bushels of keys. If you want to know, I also save string."

Anna Louisa Thripp - The Chessmen of Doom

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #SpecterFromTheMagiciansMuseum

"Try dressing up in a floppy clown outfit and doing tricks on live TV."

Clarence Mussenberger - The Specter from the Magician’s Museum

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #SecretOfTheUndergroundRoom

"So do you mean that Father Higgins is dead, and that old coot stole his eyes?"

Byron “Fergie” Ferguson - The Secret of the Underground Room

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Glimpse Inside 'The House with a Clock in its Walls'

A delightful article from the Gloucester Daily Times about Priscilla Bellairs and the upcoming film adaptation of The House with a Clock in its Walls:
In mid-November, Bellairs was invited to visit the film set in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received a warm welcome from the film crew and cast members, including Jack Black, who she recalls was dressed in "hideous makeup," and Blanchet.  There, Bellairs witnessed the filming of three different scenes, which she said took place on "deeply elaborate sets" with an outstanding attention to detail in keeping with the settings of John's imaginative novel.
Plus, for those in or around the Newburyport area:
Coming up on Tuesday, May 15, Priscilla Bellairs will host a program at the Emma Andrews Library in Newburyport, during which she will give an eyewitness account of how an idea in the mind of John Bellairs more than 40 years ago became a children's classic book — and now, a feature film by Universal Pictures.  During the program, she will discuss her unique perspective on the film, which is sure to come with some surprises for Bellairs fans; though many readers speculate the house in "The House with a Clock in its Walls" is based on a Victorian in John's hometown of Marshall, Michigan, and others argue that it is based on a Haverhill mansion, Priscilla Bellairs revealed that it wasn't entirely based on either, but on a composite of the two.

#JohnBellairs