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Want a copy of The Face in the Frost with Marilyn Fitschen’s original artwork? Want to relive the adventures of The Pedant and the Shuffly? Want to finally obtain a copy of St. Fidgeta & Other Parodies seeing how the book has been out of print for decades?

The New England Science Fiction Association is proud to announce the release of Magic Mirrors, a collection of fantasy and parody by John Bellairs.  The anthology highlights Bellairs’ published “non-juvenile” work from the 1960s and includes:

·         An introduction by author Bruce Coville;

·         The Face in the Frost (1969), celebrating its 40th anniversary this year;

·         An introduction to The Dolphin Cross by Ellen Kushner;

·         The Dolphin Cross (the uncompleted sequel to The Face in the Frost);

·         The Pedant and the Shuffly (1968);

·         Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies (1966).

The full color cover is by Omar Rayyan and the dust jacket was designed by Sheila Rayyan.  All interior illustrations are the original artwork by Marilyn Fitschen.  To learn more, visit bellairsia.com.

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I grew up in the 80's enthralled by John Bellairs' books. For one reason or another, my incomplete collection of Bellairs paperbacks is one of the few things from my childhood my mother saved. Having a strong urge to read them again, I asked her if she still had them and she brough t the box along on a visit. I have been devouring them on the subway, still amazed at how absorbing and entertaining they are.

Anyhow, I've become interested in collecting Bellairs hardcover books with the ORGINAL Gorey artwork. I've done some trolling online, but I know very little about collecting books. I don't intend for it to be a major investment - I am not particularly into necessarily having a 1st printing and I don't care if they were previously in a library. I just want the Gorey slipcovers, and to collect as much of the pre-Strickland material as possible.

Does anyone have, or know where I can obtain a list of publication info for Bellairs so I can make more informed decisions in my shopping? I live in New York and have had poor luck finding any used bookstores with much of an invested interest in children's literature.

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The High Street Wizards are coming back to you!

After a three-year hiatus, Brad Strickland returns as author of the newest spooky adventure of John Bellairs's Lewis Barnavelt and Rose Rita Pottinger. The House Where Nobody Lived is the eleventh book in the long-running and popular Barnavelt series, centering on the strange Hawaii House of New Zebedee, Michigan.

Welcome back, Lewis - and a tip of the hat to Brad, too!

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Since we've all read everything John Bellairs wrote dozens of times, it might not be a bad idea to expand our horizons. Does anyone have any recommendations for books in the Bellairs genre? The only author I can think of is Neil Gaiman, and I'm not a huge fan.

Does anyone know, for example, what Bellairs' favorite books were? Favorite authors? Illustrators?

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Today is Edward Gorey's Birthday!
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Read the "virus characteristics" on the above link. Ring any bells?
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i've never been in a community before, so forgive my rather awkward introduction. =)
i've loved john bellairs' books since i was a kid, and i still re-read them pretty regularly. i stopped buying the newer books when brad strickland took over the characters. i own a few of his, but ultimately i was disappointed with them. i never felt the same 'zing' in the dialogue that was always present in mr. bellairs' writing, and on several occasions i found myself saying aloud things like, "professor childermass would never say that!" and getting very indignant about it all. anyway, i'm also a great fan of edward gorey, so i'm always a little sad when i see the new books and his art isn't gracing the cover and frontispiece. sad to have lost two such remarkable talents. seriously, i cried over both of them.
anyway, i'd just like to say how thrilled i was when i saw this community here. =) long live lewis, rose rita, anthony, and johnny, and all their respective elderly friends! =D
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"Uh, this is a long distance call," Lewis said. He then gave the operator the information. The line clicked and crackled with a little static for a few moments. Then the operator came back on to say "I am sorry, I cannot get a clear line to Florida at the moment. Will you try your call again later?"
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Now he was passing the Masonic Temple, a tall four-story brick building. It rose over him like a black cliff. There was a dark archway on the front of the building...
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