The House with a Clock in its Walls
But while Uncle Jonathan practiced funny and comfortable white magic, the original owner of the old house, Isaac Izard, had been an evil sorcerer. Isaac Izard had devised a plan for bringing about the end of the world. Somewhere in the walls of the house he had hidden a clock. Every night Lewis and Uncle Jonathan could hear it ticking -- sometimes loud, sometimes soft -- marking off the minutes until doomsday.
Lewis knew they had to find the clock before it was too late. Then he decided to dabble in a litte magic of his own, and their time almost ran out.
"Let me say that this is a truly scary book, and if the author's imagination got stuck at ten, he must lived an awesomely spooky tenth year." - Elain Lovitt
"...so frightening that even now, when I'm an adult and know that the main characters will get through to the end all right, I still end up skipping pages and chapters just so I can get to the end and make sure everyone survives. I'd love to figure out how he does it, but I think if I read them too closely, or too many times, I'll give myself nightmares." - Notadoor
"I have to admit, I could not stand hearing a clock tick at night after reading this book." - Bella on Books
About the Book
The story was originally conceived as a contemporary adult fantasy novel.
The book celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2013.
For Priscilla, who lets me be myself.
Priscilla Bellairs: The publication of House was hugely exciting for us in 1973. It represented John's definitive turn towards children's lit, and the end of the longest non-publishing period in his career after his first success. He loved Edward Gorey's work and was thrilled that he'd been commissioned (and willing) to illustrate the book. I'm very happy that it is still scaring and fascinating a third generation of new readers.
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