John Bellairs


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in Marshall, Michigan, The United States
January 17, 1938

Died
March 08, 1991

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John Bellairs (1938–1991) was an American novelist working primarily in the Gothic genre. He is best-known for the children's classic The House with a Clock in its Walls 1973) and for the pathbreaking fantasy novel The Face in the Frost (1969). Bellairs held a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University and a master's in English from the University of Chicago. He combined writing and teaching from 1963 to 1971, including a year at Shimer College that coincided with that school's storied Grotesque Internecine Struggle. After 1971, he took up writing as his full-time work. (from Shimer College Wiki) ...more

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The House with a Clock in I...

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The Curse of the Blue Figur...

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The Figure in the Shadows (...

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The Letter, the Witch, and ...

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3.96 avg rating — 2,147 ratings — published 1976 — 22 editions
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The Mummy, the Will, and th...

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The Face in the Frost

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The Spell of the Sorcerer's...

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The Eyes of the Killer Robot

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“Unexplained noises are best left unexplained.”
John Bellairs, The Face in the Frost

“He invented the Fuse Box Dwarf, a little man who popped out at you from behind the paint cans in the cellarway and screamed, "Dreeb! Dreeb! I am the Fuse Box Dwarf!" Lewis was not scared by the little man, and he felt that those who scream "Dreeb" are more to be pitied than censured.”
John Bellairs, The House with a Clock in Its Walls

“He held the book up to his nose. It smelled like Old Spice talcum powder. Books that smelled that way were usually fun to read. He threw the book onto his bed and went to his suitcase. After rummaging about for awhile, he came up with a long, narrow box of chocolate-covered mints. He loved to eat candy while he read, and lots of his favorite books at home had brown smudges on the corners of the pages.”
John Bellairs, The House with a Clock in Its Walls

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