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This is my tribute to the original Stephen Gammell illustrations from the "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" series. This is my recreation of the illustration from "Is Something Wrong?" in "Scary Stories: More Tales to Chill Your Bones" in my own style. I couldn't help adding a bit of color in there.

The Gammell illustrations scared the bejeezus out of me when I was a little kid, so I absolutely loved them. Last year I went to check the books out from the library, and was disappointed to find out that they released a 30th Anniversary Edition in 2011 featuring illustrations by Brett Helquist. I don't have anything against Helquist - he is a talented illustrator - but this movie pissed me off a bit. The Gammell illustrations are what elevated the books beyond a simple collection of scary folk stories, and made them popular enough to warrant a 30th Anniversary Edition.

Last year Mr. Dennis Cornetta (aka Baron-Von-Jello) recreated one of the original Gammell illustrations using 3D software - baron-von-jello.deviantart.com… - which led to the idea that this autumn we should try to get a number of other illustrators to create their own tributes to the Gammell illustrations. 

So here is my challenge to all of you Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark fans - go forth and create your own tributes to the Gammell illustrations from Scary Stories! Show your love for the original Gammell work. Also - if you take up this challenge, please let me know, I'd love to see them!
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ManiacalDude's avatar
Those illustrations are some scary-ass shit, man. Like, I'm actually shocked that they got away with putting this in a book for children.

Also, for those disappointed by the Helquist illustrations, there are new editions of the books with Stephen Gammell's illustrations available, if you wish to spend the whole night awake.
WonderDookie's avatar
That's the best news I've heard this week! I'll have to get those... NOW!

Honestly, I think that Helquist is a very talented illustrator, but Gammell is an impossible act to follow.
ManiacalDude's avatar
Last time I was at Barnes And Noble, they had those along with the Helquist illustrated versions. Guess someone decided to leave both options available.
WonderDookie's avatar
I think they got A LOT of angry emails.
realspacewing's avatar
what the f--- even
WonderDookie's avatar
haha. I take it you haven't seen the old "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" books?
TerriblyJadedGamer's avatar
I've never read the book, but I've seen the illustration from a website called bogleech.com. You did a really nice job with it!
WonderDookie's avatar
The writing is fun, but the old 90s illustrations is really what makes it great. Unfortunately they have released update versions.

I hadn't heard of that site. There's some pretty fun Halloween work on there.
CartilageFish's avatar
This was my favorite book when I was a kid! 
WonderDookie's avatar
It was definitely in my top ten. It scared the crap out of me though. I actually had sleepless nights.
CartilageFish's avatar
For sure. But that was part of the charm.
Chlorruption's avatar
That, the "thing in the field", and the close-up of the ghost woman's face scared me most out of all the illustrations. Gammell was a genius.
I always got really freaked out by that thing in the story "The Dream". Always had too put my hand over the picture just to get past the first page.
WonderDookie's avatar
haha. Yeah. That ghost woman face is pretty notorious. Those illustrations gave me so many nightmares.
BAMillustration's avatar
YEEEEEEEES those drawings always freaked me the heck out!
WonderDookie's avatar
haha. Me too. That story about the scarecrow gave me nightmares for years.
RecycledHorrors's avatar
Badass! I actually posted a journal entry recently to remind people that the original art was changed. Will highly consider your challenge, but it may be pushed into my future production schedule. Trying to do Gammell in caps might be very challenging/rewarding.
WonderDookie's avatar
haha. That would be quite a challenge! I'd like to see that.
RecycledHorrors's avatar
One day...just have to go back and dig through my books for the right image.
ShinySilverman's avatar
Nice tribute to one of the ghastliest illustrators of all time.
WonderDookie's avatar
Thank you! I definitely wanted to do him credit. It's only right to properly honor a person who gave me such horrible nightmares.
Tabascofanatikerin's avatar
I don't know the series, still I think that this looks fantastic :D
WonderDookie's avatar
Oh! If you can find them, you should definitely check it out if you can find the ones with the original illustrations. They were terrifying!
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