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I also urge you to get a copy of MAGIC MIRRORS by John Bellairs, a compilation of several of his works including The Face In The Frost and a sadly never-finished manuscript for its sequel, The Dolphin Cross, plus other quirky and witty stories.
As an adult, I appreciate having adult protagonists that are believable and capable but still feel the real danger.
His children's books reflect a love of classic horror, and of magic, but they were clearly for young adults. The Face in the Frost was the one journey he took in that direction which was intended for adults, and it is an incredible story, reflecting a knowledge of theology, of myth, of story, immensely deep vocabulary, and a depth of references to other works only surpassed in Silverlock. Cinderella, Lovecraft, Tolkien, Shakespeare, theological works, they are all here, inside a work of his own imagination which I'd whimsical, and dark and deeply scary in a way which reaches into the dark midnight shadows of our inner childhood and brings back the cold fear we all recall. If you delight in language, and imagination, and fantasy, and story telling, go no further. This book is for you. It's not a bloody tale of monsters, but a tale of colorful men facing a cold gray darkness which threatens everyone in a mysterious way. Bellairs never wrote another like it, which is a pity, but this one story is a gift.