Back in the day, there was a short series of old school horror story anthologies called SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. Now, if the stories didn’t scare you shitless as a kid (and they usually did), then Stephen Gammel’s horrifying illustrations sure as hell got the job done. To this very day, there’s a particular drawing that I can’t bring myself to look at. The story was about a girl whose nightmare was coming true, and the illustration was that of a hideously obese woman with thin gangly arms, oily black hair, tiny black eyes, and an enormous smile. It doesn’t sound so bad when I describe it, but trust me, it’s pretty damn traumatizing for an eight year old. The book is sitting in my bookshelf as I type, and there’s no way I’d take it out at night.
TRAUMAFESSIONS :: Reader Tony on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
January 2nd, 2008 by aunt john · 4 Comments