April 5, 1993: We’re pleased to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Ghost in the Mirror this month - not just the celebrated return of Lewis Barnavelt and Rose Rita Pottinger but the debut of Brad Strickland’s association with the series, too.
Soon after his father's death, Frank Bellairs expressed an interest in someone completing The Ghost in the Mirror since it was already halfway written. After a meeting with Dial Publishers, Strickland agreed to complete the book, already set for publication – even though John’s latest draft was no more than 100 pages and had no clear-cut resolution (originally the draft ended with the destruction of the villain and Mrs. Zimmermann and Rose Rita instantly returned to their own time period). Strickland says he found working with Bellairs' materials both frightening and exhilarating but was pleased when the book was released to positive reviews.
Strickland completed two more books in the Barnavelt series and then, beginning in 1998, breathed life into six more stories of his own design.