John Anthony Bellairs (1938-1991) is the award-winning, best-selling author of fifteen acclaimed Gothic mystery novels staring Lewis Barnavelt, Anthony Monday, and Johnny Dixon, including The House with a Clock in Its Walls (1973), The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn (1978), and The Curse of the Blue Figurine (1983), as well as the author of Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies (1966), a satire on Vatican II-era Catholic rites and ritual; The Pedant and the Shuffly (1968), a comical fable of logic versus chaos; and the much-respected fantasy, The Face in the Frost (1969), staring Prospero and Roger Bacon.
Bellairs was born in Marshall, Michigan, earned degrees from Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, taught at various Midwestern and New England colleges, and later lived and wrote in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Bellairs was honored by his hometown with a historical marker outside the famed residence that served as inspiration for The House with a Clock in its Walls (1992). He was celebrated in Haverhill, Massachusetts, by becoming part of the city's Hall of Fame (2000) and by a mural displayed in its downtown (2006).
Brad Strickland is the author of the latter-day adventures of Lewis Barnavelt and Johnny Dixon as well as an accomplished author and actor of over 70 novels, short fiction pieces, radio dramas, and poems. He keeps busy writing outside of New Zebedee, too: from pirates and astronauts to terrifying detectives and detecting terriers - and more.
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Established in 1830 and expected to become the state's capital, Marshall, Michigan has become one of America's largest historic districts. Resident and Bellairs fan Ann LaPietra researched and compiled the John Bellairs Walk of the city's locations in the author's hometown that became memorable places from his books.
Downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts, is where you'll find artist Shelia Foley's John Bellairs Mural, a seven-by-three foot outdoor mural created to look like the stained glass windows of Canterbury Cathedral and part of that city's revitalized downtown area.
Take a step back in time and see how Bellairs fandom on the Internet got started and how it’s changed over the last 20+ years. Your first stop on this figurative trolley to yesterday is Jonathan Abucejo’s CompleatBellairs. For eight years this unique and artistically brilliant site reigned supreme with character biographies; book synopses detailing the good, the bad, and the ugly; quotes, reviews, inspired art, and other features for the fans.