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Submitted by Cracked_out_cali at 2007-08-29 13:07:24 EDT
Rating: 1.87 on 47 ratings (47 reviews) (Review this item) (V)

In the 3rd grade, I was introduced to a set of books titled ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’. A few of you may have remembered these.

And for those of you who do, I guarantee what sticks out are not the stories. For they were rather bland, somewhat older, campfire tales about hitchhikers, missing children and haunted houses. No, these are not the reason you would remember the books.

It’s the pictures included with the stories that stick out.

As you will see, Stephen Gammell's artwork is absolutely grotesque. And to think they were featured in a book targeted to children is absurd. Getting a second look at these, I might be one step closer to finding out why I’m so fucked up. But I have a Hell of a long way to go still.

They even won awards from the Library of Congress.

These are just a few pictures. There are plenty more here http://www.imgdump.info/. It also includes all the stories. They are at the very bottom of the category list.

Sleeping with the lights on tonight.jpg
Sleeping with the lights on tonight.jpg

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Submitted by ASO at 2007-09-04 19:31:43 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

yeah dude, i was at home over the weekend, and my parents set aside a bunch of shit from the basement after it got flooded last week, and they threw all my childhood books on my bed. i was thumbing through some shel silverstein, some stinky cheese man, and then these scary stories to tell in the dark. i remember when i was a kid i was absolutely horrified by that book and after rereading some of it, its understandable. that book is probably the reason i dont like scary movies now.

Submitted by BranDo at 2007-09-04 19:27:09 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Great art!

Submitted by Lmarie22000 at 2007-09-04 16:43:54 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I read these too! The illustrations would never get approved for children's books today.
We had the hardcore shit back in the day, huh?

Submitted by TheUniter at 2007-08-30 11:08:48 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

Submitted by lungfish at 2007-08-30 10:34:55 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by zwerg at 2007-08-30 08:38:11 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I read those; I would cover up the pictures with my hand while I was reading, I just couldn't stand to look at them.

Submitted by DrogoRoch at 2007-08-30 07:34:15 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

You were right those stories really do suck.

Submitted by creep_firebombing at 2007-08-30 07:07:28 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Fuck. Yes.

I remember these now. I'm sure these were just another thing I repressed about my childhood, but I certainly remember owning the book and subsequently having nightmares about an evil leprechaun with a fishing pole.

Submitted by Mike-Mc at 2007-08-30 06:09:11 EDT (#)
Rating: -1

Submitted by DeathJester at 2007-08-30 05:37:23 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

People with no eyes are creepy.

Submitted by Flying_buttmonkey at 2007-08-30 03:05:27 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Thanks for giving me nightmares forever, fuckarse.


(perhaps 'fuckarse' was a little strong, but still.)

Submitted by forthewin at 2007-08-29 23:53:16 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

The whole time I was saying, "Oh wow, this artist is brilliantly talented..." but when I scrolled to the bottom picture I think part of my soul was getting eaten.

Submitted by Fucking foul at 2007-08-29 22:47:23 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

YES. These books scared my little sister so bad that she asked me to take them not only out of her room but out of the house. I laughed at her and called her weak, then I read them and they scared the bejesus out of me too. Owned.

Submitted by Empathetic at 2007-08-29 21:32:19 EDT (#)
Rating: 2


Submitted by St_Jimmy at 2007-08-29 20:33:10 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by zoobie2000 at 2007-08-29 20:12:24 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

the left gaping eyeball is due to my penile erection

Submitted by CrazyHorse at 2007-08-29 19:56:09 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

**rocks back and forth**

Submitted by Death_Metal_Dude at 2007-08-29 18:10:04 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

the spider eggs in the face was awesome

Submitted by zajebisty at 2007-08-29 18:00:54 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

great art, the spiders in the cheek thing gave me nightmares as a kid. that and the dog...

Submitted by ticklish_squirrel at 2007-08-29 17:36:24 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

OMFG Cali! I TOTALLY remember these freaky-ass pictures, dude! Holy shit! Yeah, the stories blew but the pictures haunted my childhood dreams.

...thanks for reawakening the pussy inside me. I won't sleep now.

Submitted by i_can_get_you_a_toe at 2007-08-29 17:21:00 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

never seen it. must be a yank thing.

Submitted by jamowilly40 at 2007-08-29 16:12:23 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I remember that book.

Submitted by maiorano84 at 2007-08-29 15:48:54 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Dude, I fucking remember this shit. There was one picture that I saw that I refused to look at ever again as a kid. I don't even remember what it was now, but thank God it wasn't posted.

Submitted by RyuFu at 2007-08-29 15:38:12 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I remember those books. The illustrations were fantastic! And scary. Sleeping with garlic tonight.

Submitted by Hookhand at 2007-08-29 15:37:54 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

The stories were a bit predictable, but a few of them were REALLY scary as fuck. And that art; Jesus, that was some awful stuff. Even the subtle details like a big fat woman with a black fingernail for no reason, or how beady the eyes were drawn...ugh.

Submitted by ICO at 2007-08-29 15:28:59 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Fantastic. I'm into Ralph Steadman, myself, even though he has absolutely nothing to do with this.

Submitted by Avals at 2007-08-29 15:27:32 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

That's some fucking amazing artwork.

Submitted by Axolotl at 2007-08-29 15:18:36 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

past --------------> blast

Submitted by whiskey_jack at 2007-08-29 15:17:33 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Holy terrifying blast from the past Batman!

Submitted by Amontillado at 2007-08-29 14:52:38 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I remember those, they're incredible. Not in a good way though.

Submitted by indoninja at 2007-08-29 14:26:03 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I can't wait to have kids.

In the meantime I have a nephew who will be getting a nightmare inducing book for christmas.

Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2007-08-29 14:22:55 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

these still make my skin crawl.

i wish i could do stuff like that.

Submitted by rob_berg at 2007-08-29 14:16:42 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

That there is some crazy shit.

I dig it.

Submitted by monkeyswithguns at 2007-08-29 14:00:09 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by sir_cowman at 2007-08-29 13:57:26 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

i liked these books as a kid, too

Submitted by DirtyHarry at 2007-08-29 13:55:54 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by scourge at 2007-08-29 13:43:23 EDT (#)
Rating: 2


thanks for bringing these to light. i had forgotten all about them.

Submitted by ShapeShifter at 2007-08-29 13:32:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I forgot, or thought I completely forgot about these until I had a synaptic visual stimulatory response with the images. I was completely spooked as well.

Submitted by ih8u2man at 2007-08-29 13:29:13 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Holy fuck I remember these.
Burried deep within my subconscious.



Submitted by SgtHartman at 2007-08-29 13:26:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 2


that one about the spider laying eggs in the girls face scared the shit out of me

arachnophobia forever now, motherfuckers.

Submitted by Orgasmatron at 2007-08-29 13:20:31 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

You see a scary skeleton woman with lipstick.

*I* see an opportunity to eye-fuck someone.

Submitted by Susie_Derkins at 2007-08-29 13:19:30 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

You're absolutely right in saying it wasn't the stories that made one lie awake at night, terrified and wide-eyed, it was those PICTURES. They still scare the holy hell out of me, THANK YOU FOR RE-INTRODUCING THEM TO MY MIND'S EYE, JERK.

Submitted by Hilarity_Ensues at 2007-08-29 13:17:11 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

That artwork is phenomenal.

Submitted by Yozz at 2007-08-29 13:15:25 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

That IS fucked up.

Submitted by Zampano at 2007-08-29 13:11:35 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

These books are still scary shit. Well, creepy. Or grotesque. Maybe that's the word.


Nah. Although every picture had that look of rot and bodily ruin.

Submitted by GodChicken at 2007-08-29 13:10:47 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

That is some fantastic artwork though.

Submitted by Crystle at 2007-08-29 13:10:02 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

yes, these images are what nightmares are made of.

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"Police Academy" movies? For fun? Well, I didn't hear anybody laughin',
did you?

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