Friday, October 31, 2014

And Ghosts Did Shriek and Squeal About The Streets

Some Bellairsian and/or Halloween inspired ephemera found around web:

Today, a series of posts that are big on numbers.

13 Facts About Artist Edward Gorey

Biography.com writes that the Edward Gorey House shared with them some intriguing facts about the artist just in time for Halloween, including this tidbit:
#12. He created more than 20 covers for the young adult mysteries of John Bellairs, more covers than he created for any other author.

21 Ways We Used to Scare Ourselves Silly During Halloween Season in the ‘90s

From Bustle:
19. Stealing your older sibling’s John Bellairs books, even though they told you they’d terrify you. I made the mistake of nabbing The Eyes of the Killer Robot out of my brother’s bookshelf when I was maybe seven years old. It became one of my favorite books a few years later — but good gravy, did it freak me out at the time. Anyone else? Bonus points if your editions were the ones illustrated by Edward Gorey.

8 Best Halloween Books From Childhood That Will Still Scare You Silly

From Bustle, again:
John Bellairs was the absolute king of creepy mysteries when we were kids. And his Halloween story The House With a Clock in Its Walls was one of his best. Not to mention the illustrations, which were done by Gothic legend Edward Gorey.

Made For Television

The Obscure Horror Cinema blog features that late-1970s made-for-television adaptation, Once Upon a Midnight Scary:
Though the intended audience for the show was children, the adaptations had their intense moments, especially The House with a Clock in Its Walls with its concept of a doomsday clock hidden in a home that has to be found before it runs out of time, dooming all life on the planet.
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Best of all, the show is hosted by horror icon Vincent Price, playing a vampire who is quite flattered to have been given the task of introducing the tales. What better way to spend Halloween than with the Prince of horror himself?

Some Kind of Rigmarole

Our old friend Irwin Terry runs Goreyana and shares this Halloween image and thought:
At this time of year, I like to reread some of my favorite spooky stories, especially books from the John Bellairs book series. I also enjoy revisiting many of my favorite Edward Gorey illustrations and book cover designs. The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull has one of my favorite Gorey-designed covers from the series, and it is an image that always puts me in a Halloween frame of mind!

We agree. And we'll go out with Professor Childermass's oft-quoted appreciation from that book on the holiday itself:
I don’t make jack-o-lanterns when it’s Halloween! They attract trick-or-treaters. I cannot stand that kind of rigmarole!

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