by Tom Ryan
The book was The Curse of the Blue Figurine by John Bellairs. A lonely boy gets caught up in an epic magical adventure, involving a magical ring, a cursed statue, and the possible end of the world. Awesome stuff, fantastically written – funny, dramatic, adventurous, and terrifying...It certainly didn’t scare me enough to keep me from devouring it – I re-read it so many times that the cover eventually fell off. It was a cover, incidentally, that had it’s own special appeal – illustrated and designed by the fantastic Edward Gorey. This was the kind of stuff I lived for. Gothic adventures that I could easily imagine myself getting caught up in.