Charles Schulz

The man behind the arch-gothic Lemony Snicket books for young readers says the Peanuts comic strip was an important influence on his writing.

The deeper he delves into the world of Peanuts, says author Daniel Handler, the darker it seems to him.

 Handler’s most recent novel, We Are Pirates, also features a teenaged girl as its central character. But he says the story itself was inspired by his life in San Francisco.

  Fans of all things Peanuts from all over the world are converging nearby this week for a collectors’ club convention they call “BeagleFest.” Today we get a peek inside.

 To find out more about the 13th BeagleFest—which runs tomorrow through Saturday--click here.