Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Something About the Lewis Chessmen Stalemate

We mentioned the conflict a few weeks ago but now some comments about the push to relocate the Lewis Chessmen from their home in the British Museum to Scotland, the country they were found:

In addition, someone is using the pallid little dwarves as inspiration for a writing project.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Assembled and Collected

The Books, the Covers, and the Collectors
by Jan Halvarson (Jan. 21, 2008)
(Originally published at poppytalk.com)
Note: Halvarson interviews three people about their collections, including Roger Allen and his collection of vintage John Bellairs books.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Like a Tapir in Some Monument

Tapir
Fresca shared her thoughts about Edward Gorey's guest, it of Doubtful Guest fame. Most of us are probably familiar with the 50-year-old story of the creature that showed up at this house one day and to the best of our knowledge is still lounging around the estate causing problems. Fresca believes Gorey creature’s closest relative is the tapir, the strangely snouted beast seen in Asia and elsewhere:

Thursday, January 10, 2008

On the Road to Providence

H. P. Lovecraft
Just as those quirky Bellairsians have their Bellairs Walk in Marshall, so too do they celebrate Lovecraft’s hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.  "A hand-sketched survey of key areas that were important to both H.P. Lovecraft and his stories” was announced recently.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

How Sweet A Voynich...Plant?

Voynich Manuscript
Centuries after surfacing, the Voynich Manuscript still has its mysteries and people are still trying to make heads or tails out of what it is, what it means, and why someone bothered to create it in the first place. 

The arcane tome has a special place for Bellairsians: Prospero and Roger Bacon must battle a curious grimoire with similar (or identical?) properties in The Face in the Frost and Johnny Dixon also has a run in with a similar manuscript in The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Salisbury Cathedral prepares for 750th anniversary

Salisbury Cathedral
One of the stories we are watching this year is the 750th anniversary of the Cathedral of Saint Mary, better known simply as Salisbury Cathedral. Longtime fans will recall Bellairs used this iconic church – with its 400-foot tall spire – as inspiration for one of the massive buildings on the Zebulon Windrow estate in New York, as seen in The Revenge of the Wizard’s Ghost. The Salisbury Journal has a story about some of the events happening this year to commemorate the event.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year 2008

Here’s a little something we picked up today off the wire: Public Domain Day, the day when a whole year’s worth of copyrights enter the public domain. In countries using the “life plus 70 years” term, works by authors who died in 1937 enter the public domain, including another familiar face, H. P. Lovecraft

A few celebrations of note this year: