Horror Series read as kid
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I'm looking for a series of horror books I read as a kid. They have black and white covers. I remember only bits and pieces of the names of the characters. I do remember that often the main character was named "Johnny" and a "Professor Childress" (I believe). They often dealt with demons and things of that nature. The cover of one of them was a drawing of a boy looking at a mask on a street at night.
Another book by the author was about a girl that went back in time (I believe) and she was also a recurring character.
Most of the antagonists were demons.
I know this isn't much, but I hope someone knows the titles/author name.
His most famous book was The House With a Clock in Its Walls, which was the first in a series. The third book The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring stars Rose, who was a secondary character in the previous books.
He has another series (starting with The Curse of the Blue Figurine) which stars Johnny Dixon and Professor Roderick Childermass.
Just a weird realization about my own mental categories being peculiar!
Goosebumps and Saw III (or whatever they're up to now) are horror, Bellairs and some of Andre Norton's "Magic" books - Octagon Magic, Steel Magic, etc. Those are quite different to me, and gothic is a pretty close label for their haunted/creepy but not gory nature.
And I dunno about you, but I never cared either way about slasher films, and yet I *still* can't sleep in any room with an unidentified ticking noise.
Also, please don't think I mean to disparage anyone else's categorizing - it was just a bit of a shock to realize that I'd never even considered thinking of Bellair's work as horror, and that many (perhaps even most) other people would think of it that way right off.
Just strange how things work sometimes in our brains.
On a related note, a fellow librarian told me today that one of the "Genreflecting" type books (big compilations of titles and summaries for specific genres that libraries use often for purchasing titles) had listed the Twilight series under horror. Now that one WAS a head-scratcher!