Bio: John Bellairs is beloved as a master of gothic young adult novels and fantasies. His series about the adventures of Lewis Barnavelt and his Uncle Jonathan, which includes THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, is a classic. He was a prolific writer, publishing nearly a dozen novels until his untimely death in 1991.
One dark, drippy day, when Byron "Fergie" Ferguson gets bored, he wonders what the last book in the library is. What he finds past the last set of shelves is a battered black cover with the Dewey decimal number 99.99S and a title as red as blood--The Book of True Wishes by Jarmyn Thanatos. Even though Fergie is a good kid, he steals the book, setting off a chain of sinister events that threaten not only his life but the lives of his friends Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass as well. Soon,... more info>>
When Dr. Charles Coote--a noted folklorist and old friend of Professor Childermass--returns from a conference in New Orleans, he brings home a small, sinister drum. It's made entirely of black wood with red leather straps and small, white bones. Nobody takes Dr. Coote's worries about the drum very seriously, until Fergie taps it a few times and releases an unspeakable evil. Suddenly, Johnny and Fergie and the professor find themselves battling the imposing Madame Sinestra, a voodoo priestess wh... more info>>
The Face in the Frost is a fantasy classic, defying categorization with its richly imaginative story of two separate kingdoms of wizards, stymied by a power that is beyond their control. A tall, skinny misfit of a wizard named Prospero lives in the Southern Kingdom--a patchwork of feuding duchies and small manors, all loosely loyal to one figurehead king. Both he and an improbable adventurer named Roger Bacon look in mirrors to see different times and places, which greatly affects their personal... more info>>
By donating a box full of strange objects, Professor Childermass gets his young friend Johnny Dixon a summer job at the Gudge Museum. Everything seems okay as Johnny mops the floors and dusts the artifacts. That is, until a sinister man named Mattheus Mergal shows up looking for the one item the professor held back to keep safe--a wooden hand carved by the evil wizard Esdrias Blackleash. If Mergal gets the hand, he'll be able to bring back his long-dead relative and their sinister powers will b... more info>>
On a trip to Florida with his father, Johnny Dixon visits a fortuneteller, and receives an eerie premonition. Inside the crystal ball Johnny sees a ghost-white face with long white hair and black eyes like puddles of oil, which screams, "The universe shall be mine!" Back home, Johnny's father falls unconscious, gravely ill in a way the doctors can't understand. Johnny and his friend Professor Childermass investigate and soon realize that the spirit of Nyarlat-Hotep wants to use Major Dixon's bo... more info>>