Sunday, December 26, 2004

Book Alert: Le Secret de la Salle Souterraine

Some news from France: The third book in Les aventures de Johnny Dixon will be Le secret de la salle souterraine to be published in February 2005.

We realize that The Secret of the Underground Room is actually the eighth Johnny Dixon book in the series but it has jumped up to book three in the French series. Lalex, the illustrator of the French books, notes on her website that the fourth book will probably be The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull but no release date has been set.

Thursday, December 2, 2004

Book Alert: La Tour de La Fin du Monde

The French edition of the The Tower at the End of the World, with cover art by Lalex, is to be published next June. This is book #9 in the Kévin et les magiciens series.

Monday, November 1, 2004

Compleat Bellairs offline

The Compleat Bellairs website is (temporarily?) offline. Comments from founder Jonathan Abucejo on October 21 noted that the server administrator had recently cut costs and "one of those costs was hosting my sites for free. I've sent an e-mail to the original server hosts and have been waiting for a response from them, in terms of pricing and such. Haven't received word yet."

A week later, on October 26, Abucejo again posted to compleatbellairs discussion group that he had yet to receive a reply from the other server host. "It may be time to look at other avenues; however, that hosting service has all the most recent Interactive Board submissions. It's vital that I get that from them even if they don't choose to host the Compleat Bellairs anymore!"

Monday, October 25, 2004

The Marvelous St. Fidgeta

It's the return of the marvelous St. Fidgeta! Author Susanne Washburn has been working on this article for quite some time, and we're pleased to announce that the National Catholic Reporter published the piece in their October 29 print edition.

For more information: [article]

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Daniel Handler Did Utter Forth A Voice

Longtime fan and occasional Bellairsia contributor Alex de Luca dropped us a note today to share a story of his radio run-in with author Daniel Handler – aka Lemony Snicket, the author of the popular A Series of Unfortunate Events stories:

Friday, October 22, 2004

Book Alert: 魔術師の復讐

The Japanese edition of the The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost (loosely translated as Revenge of the Magician) will be published this coming February.

Friday, October 1, 2004

Scarecrow Festival

As autumn approaches, more and more figures stuffed with straw will begin popping up in John Bellairs's hometown of Marshall. The annual Scarecrow Festival takes place during much of the month, October 16 through 31, 2004.

Monday, September 13, 2004

2004 Living History Portrayal Walk

Oakridge Cemetery is once again host to A Living History Portrayal on Saturday, October 16. This is a guided, walking tour of Oakridge Cemetery in Marshall, during which actors portray significant persons from the past at each of those individuals' gravesites. The actors, impersonating each individual, will provide factual information about each personage, but in the tradition of the theater - the Marshall Civic Players is one of the sponsors along with the Marshall Historical Society - the evening will be high drama!

We've tried sending Walter to this for the past two years and he always ends up in Lansing or Saginaw or at the Henry Ford museum so we're hoping this year he manages to make an appearance.

Sunday, September 5, 2004

Sunday, August 1, 2004

41st Annual Historic Home Tour

The 41st annual Marshall Historic Home Tour takes place September 11 and 12, 2004. The event takes place every year on the weekend after Labor Day in John Bellairs's home town. For further information or tickets contact the Marshall Historical Society. If you visit the historic community, be sure to stop and learn about the John Bellairs Walk as well.

Thursday, July 1, 2004

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Book Alert: Puffin Reprints

Puffin is re-releasing ten titles by John Bellairs and Brad Strickland in August. While the cover art is identical to previous paperback releases (done by Bart Goldman, Brett Helquist, Paul Zelinsky, and even Edward Gorey), the books all share a new, uniform style. Titles include the classics (and some surprises):
  • The Curse of the Blue Figurine
  • The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie
  • The Figure in the Shadows
  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls
  • The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring
  • The Mansion in the Mist
  • The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt
  • The Specter from the Magician's Museum
  • The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull
  • The Trolley to Yesterday

Wednesday, May 5, 2004

With Our Stately Presence Glorified

So I was cataloging a series of children’s books on the different states and just got through looking at the one on Rhode Island. Knowing H.P. Lovecraft was a native of the state, I thought to look for mention of him.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Book Alert: La Malédiction de la Statuette Bleue

It's the debut of Johnny Dixon in French: La malédiction de la statuette bleue.  Lalex is back at the easel with her modern take on the popular characters of Johnny and Professor Childermass.

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Sunday, February 1, 2004

Tuesday, January 20, 2004