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John Bellairs (1938–1991)

The author of 18 books including "St. Fidgeta and Other Parodies" (1966); "The Pedant and the Shuffly" (1968); the Tolkien-inspired fantasy "The Face in the Frost" (1969); and fifteen young-adult gothic supernatural thrillers staring such characters as Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. In 1955, after graduating from Marshall High ... See full bio »

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 2018 The House with a Clock in Its Walls (based on the novel by)
 1980 CBS Children's Mystery Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Treasure of Alpheus T. Winterborn (1980) ... (uncredited)
 1979 CBS Library (TV Series) (story "The House With a Clock in its Walls" - 1 episode)
- Once Upon a Midnight Scary (1979) ... (story "The House With a Clock in its Walls")
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1985 - The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost (a Johnny Dixon novel) See more »

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I had a compulsive need to fantasize. I was overweight and the other kids thought I was weird and I liked to read. I was pretty much a loner until I made some lifelong friends in the Boy Scouts. I would walk back and forth between my home and Catholic school and have medieval fantasies featuring me as the hero. I was a little ashamed of it and wondered why I did it. I cherish my childhood. It was... See more »

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Common to all of Bellairs's mysteries is an unspoken stress on the need for friendship. Most of the dangers faced by Bellairs's young investigators come about due to their misuse of magical properties or objects. The protagonists then learn how to face their dilemmas with the help of a wise and loving older friend or relative. See more »

Trademark:

Gothic novels with a supernatural element that feature a young protagonist and his much-older, bubbie-like best friend.

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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