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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Happy Birthday, John Bellairs

We take a moment to raise a glass to John Bellairs on what would have been his 86th birthday. Cheers!

Monday, January 1, 2024

An Interview With Simon Loxley

Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a British academic and ghost story author whose tales are some of the best-known and most respected in the genre. John Bellairs was a fan and agreed with James that "spooky tales are most effective when the ghastly things happen to people who are going about their business in an ordinary, matter-of-fact world… (Locus, 1991). Bellairs was a Jamesian fan – and included a few homages in his novels – as is Simon Loxley, a British graphic designer and writer on design. Loxley's fandom went as far as writing and self-publishing A Geography of Horror: The Ghost Stories of M.R. James and the Suffolk Landscape, in 2021. It's taken us over a year to order the book, read (and reread), and conduct our interview, but Loxley was game – and here we are.