Unfortunate Children Who Find Weird Stuff In Their Walls!A blog post where -if you’re like us - you can probably figure out which one book of John’s is discussed:
Everyone knows that ordinary-looking wardrobes are connected to magical lands, and unassuming train platforms can lead to adventure in other worlds. But what else is hidden in the everyday objects around you? The books I'm going to tell you about today all feature quirky characters who fall on hard times - usually orphans or outcasts - and end up living in strange houses that lead to other worlds. You'd be amazed what you can find in your walls, for instance. Haven't you always wondered if that scratching you hear at night is a mouse... or a boggart?!
Finding Lost HearsWe've noted some of the similarities between the introduction to The House with a Clock in its Walls and M.R. James’ Lost Hearts. Now you can see some screen shots from a 1970s-era adaptation of Lost Hearts (which looks creepier than the 1970s-era adaptation of The House with a Clock in its Walls, for that matter). A warning to the curious (!) but spoilers do indeed follow.
That’s a Thing that I Keep In the Back of my HeadHere’s someone who feels strongly in keeping one’s imagination fresh. In their view, the best way to do that is to read to your children. He was read to as a child himself and counts John Bellairs (as well as other luminaries) as his "lifetime favorites."
B is for John BellairsAn A to Z listing of inspiration and “B is for:
John Bellairs, dog-eared paperbacks of the Professor Childermass adventures with the Edward Gorey illustrations.