Bibliography

Everything you ever wanted to know about the books by John Bellairs, as well as those completed and continued by Brad Strickland.

by John Bellairs


(1966-1992, 18 books)

other writings by john bellairs

 

Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies

Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies (1966)


The one about a saint...a tiny little girl, who while in church, did twist and lurch, and fidget, twitch, and twirl.

 

The Pedant and the Shuffly

The Pedant and the Shuffly (1968)


The one about a pedant - ol' Snodrog is his name, the one about a Shuffly - who knows his childlike game.

 

The Face in the Frost

The Face in the Frost (1969)


The one about two wizards - Prospero and Roger Bacon, the one about a terrible tome and all the trouble that it's makin'.

 

The House with a Clock in its Walls

The House with a Clock in its Walls (1973)


Lewis had always wanted to live in a house like Uncle Jonathan's -- but the original owner, Isaac Izard, had been an evil sorcerer. 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 could hear it ticking, marking off the minutes until doomsday.

The first book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

 

The Figure in the Shadows

The Figure in the Shadows (1975)


Sure that his Grandpa Barnavelt's lucky piece is really a magical talisman in disguise, Lewis wears it and begins to be followed by a shadowy figure who seems to want nothing less than his life.

The second book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

 

The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring

The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring (1976)


Following clues in a mysterious deathbed letter, Rose Rita and Mrs. Zimmerman embark on a summer adventure that turns evil when they reach their destination and are lured into the sinister world of the occult.

The third book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

 

The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn

The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn (1978)


The one about a treasure, who knows where it is hid? The first book with Anthony, a pretty resourceful kid. With his parents often worried because money's always tight, with Miss Eells, can Anthony find the secret site?

The first book in the Anthony Monday series.

 

The Curse of the Blue Figurine

The Curse of the Blue Figurine (1983)


The one about a figurine that has a mighty curse, the one that has a priest who wants his death reversed. Powers are unleashed when Johnny finds his ring, Father Baart is coming soon – hark the angels sing!

The first book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt

The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt (1983)


The one that has a will that's been lost for many years, the one about a guardian – who knows when it appears? But Johnny keeps on searching - it surely must be found - or will he face the mummy and be drug off underground?

The second book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Dark Secret of Weatherend

The Dark Secret of Weatherend (1984)


When Anthony Monday and Miss Eells the librarian find a book that reveals a plan to turn the world to ice, they know that they must find the person responsible and stop him before it is too late.

The second book in the Anthony Monday series.

 

The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull

The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull (1984)


The one about a piece of bone that has an evil spell - is this the one where Childermass will make a fond farewell? But Johnny's on a mission to make the magic end, and to try to stop a curse that is destructive to his friend.

The third book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost

The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost (1985)


Thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon is dying, possessed by the ghost of the evil Warren Windrow, and that leaves Professor Childermass and Fergie to risk their lives in order to save him.

The fourth book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Eyes of the Killer Robot

The Eyes of the Killer Robot (1986)


Johnny Dixon finds himself in danger when a maniacal wizard invents a robot that can only by activated by human eyes.

The fifth book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb

The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb (1988)


Anthony Monday and Miss Eells recover a magic lamp that was stolen from a warlock's tomb and is spreading evil to further the wicked ends of the thief.

The third book in the Anthony Monday series.

 

The Trolley to Yesterday

The Trolley to Yesterday (1989)


Johnny and Fergie travel back in time with Professor Childermass in a old streetcar to the year 1453 and become immersed in the struggle to save the Byzantine Empire from destruction at the hands of the Turks.

The sixth book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Chessmen of Doom

The Chessmen of Doom (1989)


Johnny Dixon, Fergie and Professor Childermass comply with a strange will left by the Professor's brother, which requires them to spend the summer at a desolate estate where they encounter a madman bent on destroying the world.

The seventh book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Secret of the Underground Room

The Secret of the Underground Room (1990)


When Father Higgins disappears, Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass discover disturbing clues which lead them to England and an encounter with a long-dead knight.

The eighth book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Mansion in the Mist

The Mansion in the Mist (1992)


Anthony Monday, Miss Eells, and her brother Emerson encounter unexpected adventure when they vacation on a desolate Canadian island and find a chest that can transport them to another world where a maniacal group are plotting the destruction of people on Earth.

The fourth and final book in the Anthony Monday series.

 

by John Bellairs, completed by Brad Strickland


(1993-1995, 4 books)

what did brad complete?

 

The Ghost in the Mirror

The Ghost in the Mirror (1993)


A summer trip becomes a dangerous journey into the year 1828 where Rose Rita must assist Mrs. Zimmerman in regaining her magical powers as well as saving the Weiss family from being destroyed by a wicked wizard.

The fourth book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

 

The Vengeance of the Witch-finder

The Vengeance of the Witch-finder (1993)


While visiting a distant cousin in the English countryside, Lewis Barnavelt accidentally unleashes the demonic ghost of the wicked Malachiah Pruitt, an evil wizard bent on killing the Barnavelt family.

The fifth book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

 

The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie

The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie (1994)


When thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon and his friend Professor Childermass try to save the life of the elderly Dr. Coote, they find themselves facing the forces of a menacing voodoo cult.

The ninth book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Doom of the Haunted Opera

The Doom of the Haunted Opera (1995)


After Lewis and Rose ignore an omen regarding the opera score they find in an abandoned theater, Henry Vanderhelm, the grandson of the composer, suddenly appears and brings with him a plan to enslave the world and awaken the dead.

The sixth book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

 

by Brad Strickland


(1996-2008, 9 books)

 

The Hand of the Necromancer

The Hand of the Necromancer (1996)


Thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon and his friend Professor Childermass battle an evil wizard for possession of a bewitched hand which can be used to rule the world.

The tenth book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder

The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder (1997)


Fergie takes an enchanted book from the library and slowly falls under the evil spell of sorcerer Thanatos, jeopardizing his own life and the lives of his friends. If no one can save Fergie, Thanatos will gain the power to live forever.

The eleventh book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Specter From the Magician's Museum

The Specter From the Magician's Museum (1998)


When the evil sorceress Belle Frisson ensnares Rose Rita Pottinger in a magic web in order to steal her life force, Lewis Barnavelt must risk his own life to save his friend.

The seventh book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

 

The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost

The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost (1999)


When a malevolent creature tries to claim Harrison Dixon as its latest victim, his son, thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon, and Professor Childermass risk their own lives trying to save him.

The twelfth and final book in the Johnny Dixon series.

 

The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge

The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge (2000)


Lewis Barnavelt tries to avert disaster when the destruction of an old bridge threatens to release a diabolical force, the legacy of a long-dead evil magician.

The eighth book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

 

The Tower at the End of the World

The Tower at the End of the World (2001)


After encountering Ishmael Izard and hearing of his plans to destroy the world, Lewis and his friends consider the threat serious and so, despite their own fears, quickly devise a plan to stop his evil plot.

The ninth book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

 

The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost

The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost (2003)


The one about a grave, it's where Lewis finds a whistle. The one that has a priest who is as prickly as a thistle. There's an ancient magic flowing that's feeding on the youth, but is ever-fearful Lewis up to finding out the truth?

The tenth book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

 

The House Where Nobody Lived

The House Where Nobody Lived (2006)


The one about a house that sounds of beating drums, the one with Skunky Stevenson, another city bum. The Hawaii House was empty but new residents are here. Can Lewis fight the spirits? Will Pele now appear?

The eleventh book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

 

The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer

The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer (2008)


The one about a figure that appears all dressed in red, the one about a baseball that clocks Lewis in the head. There’s danger brewing in the house – could magic be the key? Lewis senses trouble from the wicked Curse of Three!

The twelfth book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.