If you were a child in the 1980s or 1990s, you were probably traumatized by Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Many (hopefully) irrational fears of 80s and 90s kids can be traced back to Scary Stories, from spiders laying eggs inside your skin to a murderer hiding in the backseat of your car.
What made Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark especially, well, scary, were the terrifying drawings and illustrations by Stephen Gammell. Gammell did not soften any of his terrifying images out of respect for the literal children reading these books. Nope, Gammell’s illustrations were straight out of nightmares.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and its sequels were re-released by HarperCollins in 2011. To fans’ horror, they were released with different illustrations. No knocks on Brett Helquist, who also illustrated Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, but his art was just not the same—and not as scary—as Gammell’s.
So imagine our delight when HarperCollins released a 30th anniversary set of the trilogy featuring Gammell’s illustrations once again! That’s right, you can now get a brand new set of Scary Stories with all of the gruesomely macabre illustrations that you remember.
Illustration from "Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones".