Sunday, April 22, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #SecretOfTheUndergroundRoom

"So do you mean that Father Higgins is dead, and that old coot stole his eyes?"

Byron “Fergie” Ferguson - The Secret of the Underground Room

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Glimpse Inside 'The House with a Clock in its Walls'

A delightful article from the Gloucester Daily Times about Priscilla Bellairs and the upcoming film adaptation of The House with a Clock in its Walls:
In mid-November, Bellairs was invited to visit the film set in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received a warm welcome from the film crew and cast members, including Jack Black, who she recalls was dressed in "hideous makeup," and Blanchet.  There, Bellairs witnessed the filming of three different scenes, which she said took place on "deeply elaborate sets" with an outstanding attention to detail in keeping with the settings of John's imaginative novel.
Plus, for those in or around the Newburyport area:
Coming up on Tuesday, May 15, Priscilla Bellairs will host a program at the Emma Andrews Library in Newburyport, during which she will give an eyewitness account of how an idea in the mind of John Bellairs more than 40 years ago became a children's classic book — and now, a feature film by Universal Pictures.  During the program, she will discuss her unique perspective on the film, which is sure to come with some surprises for Bellairs fans; though many readers speculate the house in "The House with a Clock in its Walls" is based on a Victorian in John's hometown of Marshall, Michigan, and others argue that it is based on a Haverhill mansion, Priscilla Bellairs revealed that it wasn't entirely based on either, but on a composite of the two.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Radio Of Horror Highlights /bɛl ɛrz/

Our friends at the Radio of Horror have highlighted John Bellairs, both in text and video:
John’s books really help me get thru a lot of crap in my child hood and was the first book series I ever latched onto as a kid to really embrace. Stories of teenage kids teaming up with an old mentor to stop a doomsday weapon surrounded by Supernatural forces black magic and more really appealed to me. The cover jackets and front page had some of the best art by the late Edward Gorey I ever saw and loved it.

And our best guess, of the pronunciation, is /bɛl ɛrz si ʌ/.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #GhostInTheMirror

"What kind of mirror do you speak of? An erdspiegel, would it be?"

Grampa Drexel - The Ghost in the Mirror

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Film News: "House" to Open in India

If you can't make it to a state-side grand-opening of The House with a Clock in its Walls, it's been announced the film will be released in India, too.  The film is being distributed there by Reliance Entertainment.
"Considering the popularity of Hollywood horror offerings like IT, Annabelle and Conjuring in the past, The House with a Clock in Its Walls could do significantly well in the Indian markets."

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Film News: Thoughts on the Trailer

It's the day after...a day since the first trailer to The House with a Clock in its Walls was released and there's been plenty of reaction online.  Here is but a sampling:

Official site:

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Film News: Things Are Quite Different Here #HouseWithAClock

The first trailer for The House with a Clock in its Walls was released today. It's our first chance to see Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black), Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), and Mrs. Zimmermann (Cate Blanchett) in action.  A mere 177 days until the September 21 debut.  The clock is ticking....

Monday, March 26, 2018

Film News: Photos From Inside "House"

USA Today features the first photos of The House with a Clock in Its Walls (in theaters Sept. 21), horror director Eli Roth's new family-friendly magical adventure that stars Jack Black as a small-town warlock and Cate Blanchett as the witch next door. (The debut trailer drops Tuesday morning.)

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Quoth Bellairsia: #TreasureOfAlpheusWinterborn

"Three, three, who’ll gimmee three, threena quatta, threena quatta, quattava dollar, quattava dollah...."

Charley Gegenfurtner - The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn