I spent a good portion of my childhood being frightened by, what are in retrospect, really odd things. The weird cyborg creature from the end of Superman 3 comes to mind, but that wasn’t the number one thing that freaked me out as a kid. That honor would have to go to Stephen Gammell‘s illustrations for Alvin Schwartz‘s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I had nightmares for weeks after I stumbled across that book. I went so far as to demand that my mother put it in the sewer–where I, obviously, couldn’t find it. (Keep in mind I was also 5 or 6 at the time.)
Looking back, those illustrations are still really creepy. You see some of those drawings now and go, “Wow, that was for a children’s book?” Gammell‘s artwork is masterful. I feel privileged to have been scarred by that and not, say, Troll 2.
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