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.
These breathtaking tree tunnels are famous in their respective countries, standing as a testament to time and beauty:
Wisteria Tunnel, Tochigi, Japan - Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi is one of the best places to admire different varieties of wisteria.
Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland - This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century, and is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in the country.
Tunnel of Love, Kleven, Ukraine - This luscious green tunnel provides passage for a private train that provides wood to a local factory. The tunnel is also used by lovers to make a wish – it is said that if they are sincere in their love, their wishes will come true.
Ginkgo Tree Tunnel, Tokyo, Japan - Around 65,000 ginkgo trees line the streets of Tokyo; they are known as “the bearer of hope”, since some of them survived the bombing of Hiroshima. This tree tunnel is located in the outer garden of Meiji Shrine.
Jacarandas Walk, Johannesburg, South Africa - The Jacaranda trees explode into full blossom every October, turning the walk into a purple paradise.
Point Reyes, California, United States - Bishop pine, douglas fir and coast redwood are all to be found in this atmospheric part of the Pacific Coast.
Ashdown Forest, West Sussex, England - Much of the tree cover in the South Downs area was razed thousands of years ago, but some thickly-wooded areas remain.
Sena De Luna, Spain - A small Spanish village in the province of Castile and León, Sena De Luna is home to around 450 people.
Back in the early days of photography, photographers sought all sorts of gimmicks and novel ways to take photos in order to entice potential customers into having their portraits taken. Among the tricks they came up with involved making four copies of the sitter in just one photograph.
Called many things but mostly known as themultigraph, the technique involves clever use of mirrors and the strategic placement of the subject (or subjects) to create the illusion of five likenesses in a single photograph. Kind of puts into perspective another interesting technique from the 1860s calledportrait doubles, don’t you think? Why settle with a twin when you can get four siblings in a snap?