Earlier this month we were alerted to a new kind of art exhibit by John Squires at Bloody Disgusting: work inspired by the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books was on display from 7pm to 12am in a small San Antonio, Texas gallery, whose Instagram served as a live feed for those of us who couldn’t make it. Before we get into all that, surely you know exactly which books we’re talking about?
Released in the eighties and nineties, Scary Stories were a hallmark of elementary book fairs — those glorious days where you stumbled around getting sticky paws on Clifford erasers, the latest Baby-Sitters Club releases, and (if you’ve always been a Haute Macabre reader at heart) three small volumes known as much for their downright horrifying illustrations as their spooky tales. While I can’t remember any of author Alvin Schwartz’ stories, Stephen Gammell’s gauzy and nightmarish imagery has stayed with me over the last twenty-five years — it was so haunting that parents protested the books, and a recent reissue by Harper Collins replaced Gammell’s work with that of Brett Helquist, who served as illustrator for Series Of Unfortunate Events.
Tell us in the comments about the stories and pictures that you’ll never-ever-ever be able to unsee, and take a look below at some of the artwork from the Scary Stories to Tell in the Art exhibit at Blue Star Arts Complex.