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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Mad Dash (or, N or M?)

Blogger Michael Dennis recently shared some thoughts about The Face in the Frost, both of the book itself and the way it was published.

Goreyana: The Ghost in the Mirror

Notes from Goreyana about The Ghost in the Mirror:
  • This piece...is a masterpiece of suspense and terror. If you did not know that it was a piece of dust jacket artwork, you would view it as a wonderfully creepy painting by Mr. Gorey. Barely visible on the printed dust jacket are two faces which appear on the front cover inside the "O" of Ghost and Mirror. They can be seen a bit more clearly floating in the sky on the original art.
  • The dust jacket painting was included in the 2001 Bromer Booksellers catalog of Gorey items. The hand-lettered type for the cover/spine was included as a separate piece of art. I am not aware of the frontis drawing being available from Bromer or Gotham Book Mart.

What Robert Bloch owes to H. P. Lovecraft

In a 1983 interview with Randy and Jean-Marc Lofficier, author Robert Bloch described how much as a teenager he enjoyed the magazine Weird Tales and how frustrated he was at not being able to find stories by his favorite writer, H. P. Lovecraft, from past issues. So he wrote to Lovecraft, as told by the Reader's Almanac blog:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bellairs: John vs. George

Thispost reminds us of something we did once many years ago: in a fit to find more JohnBellairs, we grabbed a few George Bellairs titles from the library in a misguided attempt to convince ourselves the two were related. George’s stuff wasn’t bad, as we recall, but, alas, nothing to do with John.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2010 Living History Portrayal Walk

The 10th Annual "If These Stones Could Talk..." Tour takes place this October in Marshall's Oakridge Cemetery, one of the oldest continuously operated cemeteries in Michigan. The walking tour features actors portraying significant people from Marshall's past at his or her's grave site; this year's "participants" will be named soon.

Where: Oakridge Cemetery, 900 S. Marshall Avenue
When: Saturday, October 16, 2010; 7:00 PM

For more information, including associated costs, please contact the Marshall Chamber of Commerce or visit the events page of our forum.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Goreyana: The Mansion in the Mist

Notes from Goreyana about The Mansion in the Mist:
  • Edward Gorey created a dust jacket design for this title that has a definite front and back which does not blend seamlessly. Because of this, the art from this title was cut in half and the two sections were sold separately by Gotham Book Mart in the mid 1990's. The rear portion of this art (the mansion) sold on eBay in July 2000 along with two other pieces of original artwork. 

Top 10 Humorous Moments

As we prepare for the tenth anniversary of Bellairsia, we’re using our developmentally playful Twitter feed to share some memorable moments and commentary in the form of Top Ten lists.