I had one of these, in my first, second, and third grade, class rooms, in elementary, and I was...actually pretty OK with the pictures... expect the one with the spider laying eggs in the girls face, then they hatched... Arachnophobia... that one story, and that one phobia just...don't work.... EVER
I grew up with these. I think I have a couple on a shelf somewhere. Most of the stories weren't that bad but a few were down right nightmare fuel when I was a kid. And those illustrations, especially in the older editions, dear god the illustrations.
Love the stories, they're not that bad, I actually enjoy reading them. I'll be reading the story, I flip the page and see the illustrations...I slam the book closed, and cower in my bed...the pics still scare me. Whoever draws the illustrations, knows how to draw some scary ass shit.
When I was a kid those pictures terrified me. I looked up the artist yesterday to see if the artwork was as scary as I remember. I had nightmares last night, so yeah, just proves that even 24 year olds are terrified of those images. But I still like them.
Oh, just the regular covers. I remember the shiny holo ones though! And re: the new illustrations; a little piece of me died inside when I found out Gammell's pictures were gone. What a wimpy bunch this current generation of kids will turn out to be!
Sorry! Yes, I agree with you. His work is great for what it is but the Gammell images are what made the books so great in the first place. It's like taking the chocolate chips out of chocolate chip cookies.
Yeah, I've had a look through them, they doth sucketh. And to make matters worse, the versions with the original illustrations, even the anniversary editions, are out of print and being jacked up online in response to the dumbed down versions.
I used to be scared of those books when I was a child xD but odly I loved them at the same time the freakest one was the one about the one where this girl was trapped in her nightmare or the stranger calls one o_O