Welcome to Bellairsia
Welcome to the world of John Bellairs: where shy and lonely children befriend eccentric adults, where heroic and wicked wizards warble spells, where talismans tick and grimoires are thick, and where villains of the darkest order dwell. Plus mansions and mirrors and riddles in rhyme and a rusty old streetcar that goes back in time. Where baseball gets played by all sorts of fans, and where three young boys stop the nastiest of plans. All this and more are the product of the wonderful imagination of John Bellairs.
As longtime fans, we had always wondered what made this man tick (sort of like that Izard clock) and so - ten years ago - we thought, on a whim, we might give finding out a try. And what a whirl it's been since. With little clue as to what we were doing, and unsure if anything would even be uncovered, our project started with one email and has since blossomed into the behemoth it is now - something we didn't originally set out to create.
We've had the privilege to talk with, and meet in person, some of John's friends during our first decade. A grateful nod of appreciation to Priscilla Bellairs, Alfred Myers, Charles Bowen, Marilyn and Dale Fitschen, Brad Strickland, Pat Thomas, John Murphy, Gerald Kadish, and the many others that have helped us along the way. Thank you.
We invite you to take some time to learn about John's life and work: from his novels and his colorful characters to the places he called home during his lifetime. You can visit some of his inspirations in his hometown of Marshall, find out about him quoting Chaucer on national television, and learn about the rise of the "famous author." Elsewhere there's an in-depth timeline, reviews, fans interivews and testimonies, information about Brad Strickland, tribute sections to illustrators Edward Gorey and Marilyn Fitschen, as well as our annotated St. Fidgeta project.
A Show of Support
Want more Lewis Barnavelt? Want to take another jaunt with Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass? Anxious to read another adventure featuring the much-lamented Anthony Monday and Miss Eells? Show your support for the wonderful and witty characters of John Bellairs and the continued stories by Brad Strickland by writing:
Dial Books for Young Readers
Attn: Editor of the John Bellairs Books
345 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10017 USA
Richard Curtis Associates, Inc. is the literary agent of John Bellairs and Brad Strickland. Inquiries pertaining to book and film rights should be directed to:
Richard Curtis Associates, Inc.
171 East 74th Street, Floor 2
New York, New York, 10021 USA