"This isn’t exactly an unusual occurrence, and it has also taken place in children’s publishing. The series that starts with the quirky and Gothic The House With A Clock In Its Walls, by John Bellairs, was completed by author Brad Strickland after Bellairs’ death. Strickland finished two manuscripts Bellairs had started before his death: The Ghost in the Mirror and The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder. He also wrote two more books based on Bellairs’ notes, and then wrote four more novels of his own using Bellairs’ characters.
...when I hear that an author is finishing a book or series created by another author, I get very suspicious. Is this an act of generosity to readers who want more...Bellairs? Is it a plan to take advantage of a dead author’s good name? We can’t know how...Bellairs would react to Strickland’s commandeering of his series–but we do know that these authors’ estates felt it wise to approve these new books.”
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
- The preliminary art for the "beast" was still on [Gorey's] drawing table when Kevin McDermott photographed Mr. Gorey's home just days after he died. It can be seen in Mr. McDermott's book, Elephant House, The Home of Edward Gorey.
- The dust jacket painting and the black and white frontis illustration were included in the 2001 Bromer Booksellers catalog.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Notes from Goreyana about The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost:
While completely appropriate for this title, I have never cared for the dust jacket design for this book. I have the original artwork for the frontis illustration in my collection. The image features a fantastic map with sea monsters and flowers with faces - the flowers are reminiscent of some very early illustration work by Mr. Gorey for books by John Ciardi.