"The House with a Clock in its Walls": News | Reviews | Discussion

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

'House' Has Potential for a Universal Franchise #HouseWithAClock

Comic Book Resources (CBR) reports that with the weekend success of "The House with a Clock in its Walls" that Universal Pictures may have stumbled onto its own low-key answer to some sort of franchise.  After all, they point out, there are a dozen novels in the series - from both Bellairs and Brad Strickland:

Sunday, September 23, 2018

'House' Wins Box Office with $26.9M

Congratulations are in order for director Eli Roth, writer Eric Kripk, and the entire cast and crew as USA Today reports "The House with a Clock in its Walls" won the weekend box office:
The Gothic family fantasy film exceeded expectations to debut with an estimated $26.9 million in ticket sales at the weekend box office, while audiences showed considerably less interest in Michael Moore's documentary, "Fahrenheit 11/9."  "House" was easily the biggest draw on a quiet weekend at movie theaters, where the other three new wide releases all disappointed or outright flopped.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fatherly: ‘House’ Seems Like It Wants a Sequel (#FigureInTheShadows)

Alicia Kort at Fatherly writes that the new adaptation of "House" seems like it wants to setup a potential sequel:
For a second, the new creepy children’s movie starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett looked like it might be kicking off a kid’s horror franchise, but as Lewis Barnavelt’s Magic 8-Ball would say “Don’t count on it.”

So, for now, there isn’t any big post-credits scene or ending to tease a sequel — the next book in this series is called The Figure in the Shadows — but don’t expect a new movie with that title to come out anytime soon. Which is too bad, really, these books are great, and the new film is worth your time, too. A sequel could still happen, of course, it just depends on how everyone likes this movie.

NY Post: Roth Goes from Gore to Gorey

Johnny Oleksinsk writes in the New York Post (Sept. 20) about Eli Roth's Edward Gorey-influenced scenes and characters in his adaptation of The House with a Clock in its Walls:
The director of frightful flicks such as “Hostel” and “Death Wish” has his first family film, “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” out Friday. The movie is based on the 1973 novel by John Bellairs with drawings by famed illustrator Edward Gorey. Interpreting that late artist’s work for the screen was a childhood dream come true for Roth, a superfan. “Edward Gorey is my favorite,” Roth tells The Post. “I have Gorey art all over my house. I’ve found original prints, original drawings of his. I knew instantly the Gothic style.”

Marshall Celebrates Premiere of #HouseWithAClock

WWMT-TV shares some scenes of the Marshall debut of "House" on Friday night:

Marshall Rolls Out the Red Carpet for #HouseWithAClock

Kalea Hall writes in the Battle Creek Enquirer (Sept. 21) about the festivities taking place at the 146-year-old Cronin Mansion in Marshall:

How 'House' Led To All Things 'Supernatural' #HouseWithAClock

Entertainment Weekly discusses how 10-year-old Eric Kripke discovered The House With a Clock in Its Walls as a child and how it led to other Supernatural things:

Variety: 'House' Ticks at Box Office Friday

Variety reports that "The House With a Clock in Its Walls” is ticking to a U.S. opening of $20 million-plus, early estimates showed on Friday:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Publishers Weekly Celebrates "House"

Matia Burnett at Publishers Weekly provides some background on John Bellairs and the forthcoming movie:
Before there was “The Boy Who Lived,” there was Lewis Barnavelt, a 10-year-old orphan who brushed shoulders with wizards, witches, sorcerers, ghosts, and his share of occultists. With the film adaptation of John Bellairs’s 1973 novel, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, releasing on September 21, a new generation of readers will have the opportunity to discover Bellairs’s storytelling. The film stars Owen Vaccaro (Daddy’s Home), Jack Black (Goosebumps) and Cate Blanchett (Ocean's 8), and is directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), marking the horror director’s first “family-friendly” film.

In 2011, Bradley J. Fischer and James Vanderbilt of Mythology Entertainment approached screenwriter Eric Kripke (creator of "Supernatural") for the film project. As a child of the 1980s, Kripke was very familiar with Bellairs. Kripke recently told Entertainment Weekly that “when I was 10, I fell in love with this book.” In fact, the only fan letter Kripke ever wrote as a child was to Bellairs.
Thanks, Matia!

Monday, September 17, 2018

B&N: Opening the Doorway for a Generation of Dark Fantasy Readers

Here's a rare post this week not about the upcoming film adaption of The House with -- you know the rest.  Jeff Somers praises John Bellairs at the Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog, noting the novels:
...recognize that kids can handle being scared, and don’t need to be coddled. They capture the spirit of youth without condescending to it, and have continued to do so even as the middle grade and young adult markets have matured—for many in a later generation of readers, Bellairs’ books filled the Potter-sized hole in their hearts after that series ended.

Somers goes on to give his take on a Bellairs top ten ... with the book the adaptation is based on leading the way at number one. What books make up your ten favorite John Bellairs books?

Friday, September 14, 2018

Film News: FemaleFirst Fan Finds

FemaleFirst is giving away a merchandise bundle to fans in the UK to celebrate "The House With A Clock In Its Walls".  The bundle includes a mystic ball, an alarm clock, a projection torch, a t-shirt and a Spellbook style notebook. The contest closes Sept. 24.


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Film News: Public Invited to Free “House” Magical Escape Experience

Off the news wire for those in California this and next weekend:
Before Amblin Entertainment's spine-tingling, magical adventure opens in theaters, journey inside The House with a Clock in Its Walls as it comes to life before your eyes. Experience magic and puzzles as you explore movie props and special effects before you ultimately escape. The experience is safe for kids, but will include a few light scares from the house itself.
Where
  • The Americana at Brand, Store #837
  • Near the corner of S. Brand Blvd. and Americana Way
  • Glendale, CA, 91210
When
  • Weekends of Sept. 14 -16, and 21 - 23, 2018
  • Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Film News: Eli Roth, Horologist

Director Eli Roth has a "weird clock obsession" - which made him the ideal candidate to direct the horror film, "The House With A Clock In Its Walls."

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018

Film News: Roth, Black and the "Black Satanic Goat"

Celebretainment reports 'House' director Eli Roth let loose a "black satanic goat" to trash Jack Black's trailer during the filing filming of The House with a Clock in Its Walls:

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Film News: 'House' Leads Studio Television Ad Spending

If you've been seeing a lot of Lewis Barnavelt recently there's a reason.  Variety reports  that Universal Pictures claims the top spot in television spending with The House With a Clock in Its Walls:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

#HousewithaclockReadalong Happening This Month

Author and blogger and Richard Denney is celebrating John Bellairs again this month.  Richard and friends are reading - what else? - The House with a Clock in its Walls to celebrate the upcoming film in just a mere 15 days.  That's around 1,296,000 ticks to go! Not that we're counting - or reusing that joke again.  Share your thoughts with Richard and friends...happy reading, all.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Film News: Black Tackling ‘Scary Side of Kids’ Cinema’

In an interview with Film News UK, Jack Black discusses his role of Jonathan Barnavelt:
The Tenacious D frontman is prepared for inevitable comparisons to J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise due to the film’s notes of “wizardry and witchcraft”. The House with a Clock in Its Walls is also based on a book of the same name, the first in an 11-part (sic) series, however, Jack admitted he was unfamiliar with the 1973 novel by John Bellairs until he won the role.

“I didn’t know the books. But I quickly read this book when I got the part,” he shared. “I was a big fan of (the book’s illustrator) Edward Gorey’s, so it was cool to see a collaboration between him and another writer. And yeah, I really dug it. And I really dug what the screenwriter did in the adaptation (sic).”

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Film News: Jackson’s 'Thriller 3D’ to Play on IMAX Screens with ‘House'

The Associated Press reports that Michael Jackson’s estate and the IMAX company are partnering to digitally remaster Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D for a special theatrical presentation ahead of director Eli Roth’s The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

Film News: The New Shocking Is Doing a PG Movie

At an editing bay on the Universal Studios lot recently, director Eli Roth screened scenes from The House With a Clock in Its Walls for Chris Lea of Vulture and the two chatted about why Roth wanted to do a kids’ film now:

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #FigureInTheShadows

"You see, Grampa Barnavelt was really a rather soft-hearted and gentle man. He had no business trying to fight in a war."

Jonathan Barnavelt - The Figure in the Shadows

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #DoomOfTheHauntedOpera

"I’ve always loved to cook, so when the time came for me to enchant a wand, I chose the object that seemed best for me."

Mildred Jaeger - The Doom of the Haunted Opera

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Day Caroline Vandriel met John Bellairs

We sense columnist Caroline Vandriel may not be alone in some of these thoughts:
A few weeks ago, while online, I happened upon a movie trailer for “The House with a Clock in its Walls”. While I was intrigued by the casting (Jack Black and Cate Blanchette), I was thrown by the visual styling of it. The music track, title lettering, and overall tone was reminiscent of the Harry Potter films, and I assumed it was a knock off, which irked me. Knock offs are rarely as good as their original counterparts, and, to my way of thinking, it’s cheating. I decided to check out the book it was based on, fully anticipating being bored and annoyed. I was wrong.

Read more of her "creepy cool" comments in the Aug.7 edition of the Eckville Echo.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #MummyTheWillAndTheCrypt

"In the yeare 1653 when all thinges Sacred were throughout ye nation Either demolisht or profaned Sir Robert Shirley, Barronet, Founded this Church...."

Chapel at Staunton Harold - The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #TowerAtTheEndOfTheWorld

"Time’s run out! Time and punishment! Time and a grin! Time, time, time, in a sort of runic rhyme!"

Isaac Izard - The Tower at the End of the World

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #FaceInTheFrost

"Ye-es, this is proper Snake Year sherry, it is. I’ve got the right barrel. Snake Year, ye say?"

Roger Bacon - The Face in the Frost

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #SecretOfTheUndergroundRoom

"Higgy, has it ever occurred to you that you might be the victim of some lunatic practical joker?"

Roderick Childermass - The Secret of the Underground Room

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #HouseWithAClockInItsWalls

"You just keep yer nose on your side of the fence, okay? An’ that goes f’ya fat uncle, too."

Hammerhandle - The House with a Clock in its Walls

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #RevengeOfTheWizardsGhost

"The four of clubs! That’s the devil’s bedposts! It’s bad luck!"

Johnny Dixon - The Revenge of the Wizard’s Ghost

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Film: "House" Trailer Commentary from Eli Roth

The new trailer for The House With a Clock in its Walls has been released - plus director Eli Roth shares some of his thoughts on what he's created in this commentary (from imdb.com):



Other comments thus far:

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Interview: Derek Piotr

If you’re looking for something to complement your reading why not select some of the sounds of Derek Piotr. He's an experimental musician - really a producer and composer - and recently shared his thoughts on being a life-long fan of John Bellairs’s books.

Quoth Bellairsia: #DarkSecretOfWeatherend

"Question: does the sonorous bus go ____-____?"

The Testament of J.K. Borkman - The Dark Secret of Weatherend

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #HouseWithAClockInItsWalls

"It was 350 pages and the plot was a real mess. I sent it around to three or four publishers until it landed with Dial Press. The editor there was herself a children’s book writer, and she liked it but wanted it shorter. So I wrote a whole new book. The whole process started in 1968 and ended in 1973."

John Bellairs - Haverhill Eagle-Tribune (1990) on the creation of The House with a Clock in its Walls.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Marshall to roll out red carpet for 'The House with a Clock in Its Walls'

Nick Buckley of the Battle Creek Enquirer reports on some of the ways that John Bellairs's hometown of Marshall will welcome in the film adaption of The House with a Clock in its Walls:

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

An Interview with #PriscillaBellairs

Back in May, Priscilla Bellairs sat down with Dr. Chris for an enlightening interview on the Radio of Horror . If you missed the original broadcast, here's the audio. Happy listening!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #DolphinCross

"It occurs to me that you are out of this place as much as you are in it. Why did you ever become a monk?"

Abbot of Dunfathersbairn Abbey - The Dolphin Cross

Friday, June 8, 2018

Film: Composer Builds Scoring Stage Just for Classic Wurlitzer Pipe Organ

Variety reports [June 6] how composer Nathan Barr is giving new life to a decades old Wurlitzer pipe organ and how  it's 21st-century debut for movie audiences comes this September in The House With a Clock in its Walls:

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #HandOfTheNecromancer

"Perhaps I shall take a large darning needle and sew your tongue between your lips."

Mattheus Mergal - The Hand of the Necromancer

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #TreasureOfAlpheusWinterborn

"I’ll take it and put it in the library fine box if you want me to."

Anthony Monday - The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Memoriam: Richard Peck

Author Richard Peck has died at the age of 84. 

Don't Look and It Won't Hurt (1972) was his first of 40 novels for young readers.  His writing earned him the 1990 Margaret Edwards Award, the 1990 National Council of Teachers of English/ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award.

His 1975 novel, The Ghost Belonged to Me, introduced readers to Blossom Culp who would go on to feature in four of Peck's novels.  Ghost was one of three stories included in Once Upon a Midnight Scary, the 1979 program hosted by Vincent Price that included, in addition to Peck's novel, adaptations of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The House with a Clock in its Walls.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #ChessmenOfDoom

"I have bushels of keys. If you want to know, I also save string."

Anna Louisa Thripp - The Chessmen of Doom

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #BellTheBookAndTheSpellbinder

"D-Dr. Coote! Look at it—it’s still alive!"

Johnny Dixon - The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #SpecterFromTheMagiciansMuseum

"Try dressing up in a floppy clown outfit and doing tricks on live TV."

Clarence Mussenberger - The Specter from the Magician’s Museum

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #SecretOfTheUndergroundRoom

"So do you mean that Father Higgins is dead, and that old coot stole his eyes?"

Byron “Fergie” Ferguson - The Secret of the Underground Room

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Glimpse Inside 'The House with a Clock in its Walls'

A delightful article from the Gloucester Daily Times about Priscilla Bellairs and the upcoming film adaptation of The House with a Clock in its Walls:
In mid-November, Bellairs was invited to visit the film set in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received a warm welcome from the film crew and cast members, including Jack Black, who she recalls was dressed in "hideous makeup," and Blanchet.  There, Bellairs witnessed the filming of three different scenes, which she said took place on "deeply elaborate sets" with an outstanding attention to detail in keeping with the settings of John's imaginative novel.
Plus, for those in or around the Newburyport area:
Coming up on Tuesday, May 15, Priscilla Bellairs will host a program at the Emma Andrews Library in Newburyport, during which she will give an eyewitness account of how an idea in the mind of John Bellairs more than 40 years ago became a children's classic book — and now, a feature film by Universal Pictures.  During the program, she will discuss her unique perspective on the film, which is sure to come with some surprises for Bellairs fans; though many readers speculate the house in "The House with a Clock in its Walls" is based on a Victorian in John's hometown of Marshall, Michigan, and others argue that it is based on a Haverhill mansion, Priscilla Bellairs revealed that it wasn't entirely based on either, but on a composite of the two.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Radio Of Horror Highlights /bɛl ɛrz/

Our friends at the Radio of Horror have highlighted John Bellairs, both in text and video:
John’s books really help me get thru a lot of crap in my child hood and was the first book series I ever latched onto as a kid to really embrace. Stories of teenage kids teaming up with an old mentor to stop a doomsday weapon surrounded by Supernatural forces black magic and more really appealed to me. The cover jackets and front page had some of the best art by the late Edward Gorey I ever saw and loved it.


And our best guess, of the pronunciation, is /bɛl ɛrz si ʌ/.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #GhostInTheMirror

"What kind of mirror do you speak of? An erdspiegel, would it be?"

Grampa Drexel - The Ghost in the Mirror

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Film News: Thoughts on the Trailer

It's the day after...a day since the first trailer to The House with a Clock in its Walls was released and there's been plenty of reaction online.  Here is but a sampling:

Official site: housewithaclock.com

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Film News: Things Are Quite Different Here #HouseWithAClock

The first trailer for The House with a Clock in its Walls was released today. It's our first chance to see Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black), Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), and Mrs. Zimmermann (Cate Blanchett) in action.  A mere 177 days until the September 21 debut.  The clock is ticking....



Monday, March 26, 2018

Film News: Photos From Inside "House"

USA Today features the first photos of The House with a Clock in Its Walls (in theaters Sept. 21), horror director Eli Roth's new family-friendly magical adventure that stars Jack Black as a small-town warlock and Cate Blanchett as the witch next door. (The debut trailer drops Tuesday morning.)

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #TreasureOfAlpheusWinterborn

"Three, three, who’ll gimmee three, threena quatta, threena quatta, quattava dollar, quattava dollah...."

Charley Gegenfurtner - The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #SpellOfTheSorcerersSkull

"It’s part of an old hymn called ‘St. Patrick’s Breastplate’...it never occurred to me that the thing might have magical properties...."

Thomas Higgins - The Spell of the Sorcerer’s Skull

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #MummyTheWillAndTheCrypt

"Name the eight guys who killed Julius Caesar."

Johnny Dixon - The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #GeoffreyChaucer

"Go Bellairs! Quote Chaucer!"

University of Notre Dame pep rally - March 10, 1959

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Chastising The Pedant and the Shuffly

So, we mentioned a dozen days ago that we were celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Bellairs's second book, The Pedant and the Shuffly. We also noted some of the Chicago influences on the book and hinted there was another Chicago story to tell. And here it is.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #PedantAndTheShuffly #Announcement

"What is a shuffly? Who is snodrog? Find out at the autogrphing (Sic) afternoon at Staver's Bookshop and meet the Author and illustrator of the new book: 'The Pedant and the Shuffly' a fable inspired by 57th Street. Time: Saturday, February 24 - 2 to 5. Staver Booksellers, 1301 East 57th Street, Chicago."

Advertisement - The Chicago Maroon (Feb. 20, 1968)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Celebrating The Pedant and the Shuffly

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pedant and the Shuffly, the second book of John Bellairs and his second collaboration with illustrator Marilyn Fitschen. The short, 79-page illustrated fable details the encounter of the two titular characters: the pedantic wizard Snodrog, who submits logic traps to his fellow countrymen to transform their weak-minded bodies into linen napkins, and the fury, mop-topped creature known as the Shuffly, whose cheery and playful mindset constantly circumvents the Snodrog's best laid plans.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #PedantAndTheShuffly #Snodrog

"As I say, in the light, as it were, of all these, proves that YOU DON'T EXIST!!!"

Snodrog (the Pedant) - The Pedant and the Shuffly

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #PedantAndTheShuffly #SirBertram

"We toss the dusty erasers of old questions into the air and try to bat them with solid answers."

Sir Bertram - The Pedant and the Shuffly

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #DarkSecretOfWeatherend

"My name is Yon Yonson,
Ay come from Vis-con-sin...."


John Johnson - The Dark Secret of Weatherend

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

Forty years ago The Face in the Frost was first released in paperback through Ace Books, a well-known publisher of science fiction and fantasy titles. In a June, 1978, letter to his friend Gerald Kadish, Bellairs briefly mentions his book and then shares the good news:
"[Face] is coming out in November in paperback! I was sent the lurid jacket sample by a girl who works for Ace Paperbacks. The jacket has blurbs by Lin Carter and Ursula K. Le Guin, and I am tickled."
Le Guin died last week at her home in Oregon, leaving behind a celebrated body of work, including the Earthsea series, stories in the Hainish Cycle, and numerous standalone novels and short stories. Awards for her work include the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal, and multiple Hugo and Nebula awards.

(For the record, Le Guin says Face is “authentic fantasy by a writer who knows what wizardry is all about.")

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: Schnee, eis, und scheistwetter

"I was fortunate enough to observe that phenomenon before which the Aurora Borealis are as Christmas lights - the Notre Dame snow ploughs. There is nothing quite so thrilling as seeing a fleet of these Dreadnoughts sweeping the plain, transforming the snow-covered wastes into ice-covered wastes for the convenience of the student."

John Bellairs - Notre Dame Scholastic (January 23, 1959)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

These Eighty Years: #HappyBirthday #JohnBellairs


Celebrating what would have been the 80th birthday of John Bellairs, born this 17th day of January in 1938, in Marshall, Michigan.  Birthday wishes courtesy of:




Sunday, January 14, 2018

Some of This Year's Book-to-Movie Adaptations

Amy Durant writes in the Watertown (NY) Daily Times of the various books being adapted for the screen this year, of which she's counted 15.  Titles include Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House (as Durnt points out, no "The Lottery"), and the classic A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.  Oh, and one this site and its fans are keenly aware of:

Playing the Torturer, By Small and Small

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The notion of memorializing a crime in miniature caught our eye this Sunday morning, if only because it reminded us of the dollhouse room in the Childermass Clock, itself a rather macabre monument to Childermass family secrets.

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death are a series of intricately-designed dollhouse-style dioramas created by Frances Glessner Lee (1878–1962), a pioneer in forensic science.  Glessner Lee used her inheritance to establish a department of legal medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1936, and donated the first of the Nutshell Studies in 1946 for use in lectures on the subject of crime scene investigation. In 1966, the department was dissolved, and the dioramas went to the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore, Maryland, where they are on permanent loan and still used for forensic seminars.  The 2012 documentary "Of Dolls and Murder" celebrates Glessner Lee and her creations, the latter of which were the focus of a story on CBS-TV's Sunday Morning.

Quoth Bellairsia: #EyesOfTheKillerRobot

"I'm cleaning out the back room of my study, something that has needed doing for ages."

Roderick Childermass - The Eyes of the Killer Robot

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #HouseWithAClockInItsWalls

"That’s all I need. An expert on Elizabethan ordnance."

Jonathan Barnavelt - The House with a Clock in its Walls

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Poll: Your Favorite Judith Brown Artwork in #TreasureOfAlpheusWinterborn

Artist and illustrator Judith Gwyn Brown created 10 full page illustrations for The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn and, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, we want to know which one is your favorite.

Perhaps it's Philpotts peering from behind the bars of the bank, or a dog barking in the dead of night, or maybe a scene from inside (or outside) the library, or just the enigmatic philanthropist himself, smiling in his portrait that hangs above the fireplace.

Or something else entirely?

Watch out for ol' Eagle Eye and pick your favorite from our list below and see how it ranks with other fans!

And of course, believe only half of what you read.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 Kicks Off with #JohnBellairsMonth, 'Pedant' Celebration

Happy 2018!

Right out of the gate, January is Richard Denney‏’s #JohnBellairsMonth in which he and other fans will read The House with a Clock in its Walls (he’s done this month-thing before, too, so he’s no novice).  If you want some discussion topics or need some past reviews we've got you covered.

It’s a good book to celebrate and a good month to celebrate, too, as the 17th would have been John’s 80th birthday.

#JohnBellairs