My awesome YA author friend Amy Christine Parker (GATED, go read it!) shared this pic with me…free chapter samplers with excerpts from our books at select theatres across the US during the opening weekend of Catching Fire. COOL.
Gammell illustrations from ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’.
My brothers and I loved these books. The stories themselves were pretty pedestrian, but the illustrations… Oh GOD, the illustrations.
When you were laying in bed at night, unable to sleep, it was these images that ran through your head, rather than any one line in the book.
I LVOED these stories…and neither one knows that the other one’s dead.
I would take neighborhood friends into my closet with a flashlight, and force them to read the books with me, when I was in the 3-4th grade. I would always over-do the “jump out and scare” sections. Kids would go running through our place, screaming out the door. My mom would just come into my room, while I was cackling, saying:
"…You’re a sick child."
Yes I am, mother. Yes I am. I ended up losing the 2nd book in middle school. Which always ticked me off because ‘The Window’ was in the 2nd book, and that was one of my favorite stories.
Greatest illustrations of my childhood though. Gave me my true love for horror stories.
Yeah, so it’s a good thing I saw this post just as I was climbing into bed.