Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Goreyana: The Ghost in the Mirror

Notes from Goreyana about The Ghost in the Mirror:
  • This piece...is a masterpiece of suspense and terror. If you did not know that it was a piece of dust jacket artwork, you would view it as a wonderfully creepy painting by Mr. Gorey. Barely visible on the printed dust jacket are two faces which appear on the front cover inside the "O" of Ghost and Mirror. They can be seen a bit more clearly floating in the sky on the original art.
  • The dust jacket painting was included in the 2001 Bromer Booksellers catalog of Gorey items. The hand-lettered type for the cover/spine was included as a separate piece of art. I am not aware of the frontis drawing being available from Bromer or Gotham Book Mart.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2010 Living History Portrayal Walk

The 10th Annual "If These Stones Could Talk..." Tour takes place this October in Marshall's Oakridge Cemetery, one of the oldest continuously operated cemeteries in Michigan. The walking tour features actors portraying significant people from Marshall's past at his or her's grave site; this year's "participants" will be named soon.

Where: Oakridge Cemetery, 900 S. Marshall Avenue
When: Saturday, October 16, 2010; 7:00 PM

For more information, including associated costs, please contact the Marshall Chamber of Commerce or visit the events page of our forum.

Walter reminds us that last year’s sojourn was fine until he stopped for gas at a small roadside station. A small black dog kept barking at him from the screened-in porch and when its owner – a big-legged woman that ain't had no soul – finally appeared to accept the money she charged him more than price displayed on the tank. As a result, Walter says, he didn’t have enough money for tickets and had to work a few days cleaning out chicken cages on the woman’s property. It sounds slightly suspect but we’ve learned not to ask too many questions. Maybe this will be the year he makes an appearance?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Goreyana: The Mansion in the Mist

Notes from Goreyana about The Mansion in the Mist:
  • Edward Gorey created a dust jacket design for this title that has a definite front and back which does not blend seamlessly. Because of this, the art from this title was cut in half and the two sections were sold separately by Gotham Book Mart in the mid 1990's. The rear portion of this art (the mansion) sold on eBay in July 2000 along with two other pieces of original artwork. 

Top 10 Humorous Moments

As we prepare for the tenth anniversary of Bellairsia, we’re using our developmentally playful Twitter feed to share some memorable moments and commentary in the form of Top Ten lists.

#JohnBellairs