Sounds like "The Phantom Tollbooth."
I note you have not posted in quite some time, unlike The Ambler, who gave conservative folk a good one in the old yarbles right after the election, and who has continued to be unsusually prolific. Perhaps he feels invigorated by the ascension of The One to the presidency. Personally, I'm petrified.
I've been working on my novel, Sandsend Blob! A romance.
Well that explains it. At least your time has been well spent. All I've done is sulk in the corner.
May I take the liberty of suggesting another title? How about "Springtime for Whitby, or, The Sandsend Blob : a Romance"
Of course, I meant to refer to The American Fez, and not The Ambler, who has been stuck on the same thought for over two months now. Given the poularity of comic book and horror movies lately, you might wish to seize the day and write a screenplay of your Sandsend Blob project for sale to Dreamworks. If it is not too early, I would like to be among the first to recommend Bo Swenson for the role of the Blob.
Spring in Whitby is foamy and occult, MCB.Anon: There's big money to be had writing about Draculas. Sandsend Blobs, not so much.