Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Day Caroline Vandriel met John Bellairs

We sense columnist Caroline Vandriel may not be alone in some of these thoughts:
A few weeks ago, while online, I happened upon a movie trailer for “The House with a Clock in its Walls”. While I was intrigued by the casting (Jack Black and Cate Blanchette), I was thrown by the visual styling of it. The music track, title lettering, and overall tone was reminiscent of the Harry Potter films, and I assumed it was a knock off, which irked me. Knock offs are rarely as good as their original counterparts, and, to my way of thinking, it’s cheating. I decided to check out the book it was based on, fully anticipating being bored and annoyed. I was wrong.

Read more of her "creepy cool" comments in the Aug.7 edition of the Eckville Echo.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #MummyTheWillAndTheCrypt

"In the yeare 1653 when all thinges Sacred were throughout ye nation Either demolisht or profaned Sir Robert Shirley, Barronet, Founded this Church...."

Chapel at Staunton Harold - The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #TowerAtTheEndOfTheWorld

"Time’s run out! Time and punishment! Time and a grin! Time, time, time, in a sort of runic rhyme!"

Isaac Izard - The Tower at the End of the World

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #FaceInTheFrost

"Ye-es, this is proper Snake Year sherry, it is. I’ve got the right barrel. Snake Year, ye say?"

Roger Bacon - The Face in the Frost

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #SecretOfTheUndergroundRoom

"Higgy, has it ever occurred to you that you might be the victim of some lunatic practical joker?"

Roderick Childermass - The Secret of the Underground Room

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #HouseWithAClockInItsWalls

"You just keep yer nose on your side of the fence, okay? An’ that goes f’ya fat uncle, too."

Hammerhandle - The House with a Clock in its Walls

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #RevengeOfTheWizardsGhost

"The four of clubs! That’s the devil’s bedposts! It’s bad luck!"

Johnny Dixon - The Revenge of the Wizard’s Ghost

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Film: "House" Trailer Commentary from Eli Roth

The new trailer for The House With a Clock in its Walls has been released - plus director Eli Roth shares some of his thoughts on what he's created in this commentary (from imdb.com):

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Interview: Derek Piotr

If you’re looking for something to complement your reading why not select some of the sounds of Derek Piotr. He's an experimental musician - really a producer and composer - and recently shared his thoughts on being a life-long fan of John Bellairs’s books.

Quoth Bellairsia: #DarkSecretOfWeatherend

"Question: does the sonorous bus go ____-____?"

The Testament of J.K. Borkman - The Dark Secret of Weatherend

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #HouseWithAClockInItsWalls

"It was 350 pages and the plot was a real mess. I sent it around to three or four publishers until it landed with Dial Press. The editor there was herself a children’s book writer, and she liked it but wanted it shorter. So I wrote a whole new book. The whole process started in 1968 and ended in 1973."

John Bellairs - Haverhill Eagle-Tribune (1990) on the creation of The House with a Clock in its Walls.