Interview From Beyond the Grave
YA: Who were your major influences?Go figure.
JB: For my young adult horror novels, I wanted to impart the creepiness of Edgar Allen Poe without necessarily duplicating his nihilism. I wanted to create stories with a similar tone, but with more hopeful endings and consequences.
YA: You left quite an impressive legacy. Your characters lived on much longer than you yourself did.
JB: After I passed on, my characters Lewis Barnavelt and Johnny Dixon both continued to have adventures penned by Brad Strickland.
YA: The illustrations on most of your works are particularly terrifying.
JB: I had the incomparable Edward Gorey illustrate the jackets to many of my books. His interpretation of horror has been lauded by critics ever since the middle of the last century.