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I discovered Bellairs when I stumbled on a copy of The House With a Clock in its Walls that my mom had picked up at some point when I was young and then devoured all the Bellairs I could find. They’re a child’s introduction to gothic literature and weird fiction and Gorey is as potent an illustrator for Bellairs as Quentin Blake was for Dahl.  

"I write scary thrillers for kids because I have the imagination of a ten-year-old. I love haunted houses, ghosts, witches, mummies, incantations, secret rituals performed by the light of the waning moon, coffins, bones, cemeteries, and enchanted objects. And I agree with my favorite ghost story writer, M.R. James, when he says 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…" — John Bellairs

Edward Gorey provided covers and frontispieces for all but three of Bellairs’s 15 children’s works

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"They won’t even admit the knife is there."

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"Most of what makes a book ‘good’ is that we are reading it at the right moment for us."

- Alain de Botton (via observando)