The Glomus family is a New England-based family and the namesakes behind the Glomus Cereal Company located in Gildersleeve, Massachusetts (The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt, 4).


  • Annabelle Glomus
  • Chadwick Glomus
  • Herbert Bagwell Glomus
  • B. Woodley née Glomus
  • Two unnamed sons of Herbert
  • Platt [Glomus]


In a book with a character trying to overcome a brain tumor (that is, Kate Dixon, Johnny's grandmother), Glomus is an interesting choice for a name. Besides the Latin word for ball[1], a glomus tumor is a small, ball-like swelling usually found in the middle ear, usually causing hearing loss, tinnitus, or dizziness. Such tumors may also affect other nerves in the face, producing paralysis of the face, vocal cords and tongue. Such tumors are rarely malignant, which means that they do not tend to spread to other parts of the body after surgery[2].

The name also brings to mind thoughts of the similarly spelled Glamis Castle (pronounced Glahmz), north of Dundee, Scotland. While it is was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900-2002), it is probably best known as the legendary setting of Shakespeare's Macbeth, a fact no doubt realized by Bellairs[3].


  1. Wikipedia: Glomus
  2. Wikipedia: Glomus tumor
  3. Wikipedia: Glamis Castle

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