Stephen Gammell

My fascination with the darker side of things began around the tender age of five. I loved my sticker collection and stuffed animals, but spent hours curled up in the corner of the school library reading Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. A huge part of the appeal was the inimitable Stephen Gammell who illustrated the stories (I wish he had a website showcasing all of his work).

The way he uses light and shadow, detail and omission, smudges and delicate line work…the result is truly fascinating, often terrifying.

I am indebted to Mr. Gammell for ushering me into the world of dark art. Little did we know…

2 Responses to “Stephen Gammell”

  1. I remember these! My brother would absolutely not let me open one of the Scary Stories books to the page with the girl with the spiders crawling out of her cheek. Not because of the spiders, but something about the expression was just… wrong on some basic human level. I personally got most freaked out by the illustration of “The Viper”… even though that was one of the few comedic stories in there. Anyway, yes, these pictures are creepy as shit to an 8 year old, and still pretty damn creepy to a 28 year old.

  2. I bought a whole bunch of these books at a middle school book fair when I was a wee lad. Basically it ended off in the books being pulled from any future book fairs because of the art work which I too was drawn. I think I have all three somewhere in a closet with the hand tied to the light string haha -Artie

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