…The Ruining of “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” [wtfBookFail]

Since 1981, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark has been scaring the pants off of children. Alvin Schwartz’s masterful retelling of folk lore and urban legends leaves one feeling chilled to the bone. But the most iconic symbol of the three-book series are the haunting illustrations of Stephen Gammell. They made sure that you double-checked every inch of your bedroom before turning the lights off for the night.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary, publisher Harper Collins has decided to replace Gammell’s original hair-raising illustrations with new ones by celebrated artist Brett Helquist. Grave mistake. No pun intended. Take a look at these side-by-sides and you’ll understand what I mean.

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2 responses to “…The Ruining of “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” [wtfBookFail]

  1. This is a travesty. I remember this book as a kid. The stories were scary enough, but the pictures were what made it; right outta my nightmares. The new pictures are ok, maybe for some other book. But this one, way too tame, way too kiddy. And this is supposed to celebrate the 30th anniversary? I’ve got another idea, let’s celebrate the 30th of Die Hard but recast the lead role with Justin Bieber.

  2. Awful. Simply awful. The illustrations helped helped enhance the chill factor. These new ones are dumbed down and lame.

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