Short Story Review: The Gargoyle in the Dump by John Bellairs

  An odd little story. But interesting. And definitely worth reading. 

The title is actually pretty descriptive. Three boys find a gargoyle in a dump and bring him home. It seems simple, but Bellairs does a lot with a little in this very short story. 

I’m not familiar with John Bellairs. But I do like his writing style. In an extremely short span of time, he goes from funny, to intense, and back again. Jumping between emotions isn’t easy, and Bellairs does it seamlessly. 

And I think the most fascinating aspect was seeing the profaning of the royal tombs at the Basilica at St. Denis in 1793 through the gargoyle’s eyes. It’s worth reading just to find out about this. 

I recommend Swan Lake Opus 20 (from the opening scene of Dracula) as a soundtrack to this story. Very appropriate. And effective. 
Thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Media for a copy in return for an honest review.


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