This is an OUTRAGE!

NO MORE INFERIOR ARTWORK!!!!!!!!!!!

30 years ago Harper Collins did the world of Children’s Literature a huge solid when it published: “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” By Alvin Schwartz. The book of disturbing tales was an instant hit and produced two sequels, “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones.” Any child who has read the books knows one simple fact: the terrifying illustrations by Stephen Gammell, are beautiful something horrific you’ll NEVER forget.

The books, with their truly scary and incredible art by Stephen Gammell, have become a classic for children, and a staple on the parent protest route. Due to the graphic nature of the illustrations combined with text themes of death, ghosts, and grinding your wife into sausage murder, tons of fanatics have picketed Harper Collins, for 30 years.

Never one to pass up a buck, the publishing house is releasing a special 30th Anniversary edition of the books. The treasured trio for young goths and freaks alike adults and children everywhere, is missing one thing in THE BRAND NEW(!) 30th Edition: Stephen Gammell’s ARTWORK. They’ve even stopped printing the original Schwartz/Gammell Edition, THE SAME EDITION THEY’VE USED FOR 30 years.

Harper Collins has completely wiped artist Stephen Gammell’s presence from the 30th Anniversary Printing of the Alvin Schwartz classics. Instead they replaced him with current illustration darling, Brett Helquist. You might remember his work in ALL of the Lemony Snicket books.

While I usually enjoy Brett Helquist, his new artwork doesn’t hold a flickering candle to the originals. Allow me to demonstrate.

Gammell Masterpiece

Crappy New Version (Sorry Helquist.)

Gammell Masterpiece

Crappy New version

Gammell Masterpiece

Crappy New Version

Gammell Masterpiece

Crappy New Version

Gammell Masterpiece

Crappy New Version

Gammell Masterpiece

This is MY FAVORITE STORY!

Crappy New Version

The final straw.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know some of you out there are screaming at me: “GOOD! Those evil things gave me night terrors for 15 years!” But me? I’m outraged. If a book is a huge hit for THIRTY YEARS you don’t kick it to the curb to please the protesting biddies.

These books were the pride of the playground, I remember this was a set of books we TOOK TO RECESS. We’d sit on the swings and take turns reading our favorites aloud, the books were passed around and treasured like the literary gold they were.

I’m disgusted that Harper Collins decided to ditch the beautiful, haunting, BELONGS IN A MUSEUM, illustrations by Gammell. I’m literally seeing stars I’m so furious. Angry Baby’s world is getting bleaker and more generic as I type this. First, Evil Dr. Pepper MURDERED Dublin Dr. Pepper, and now they’ve bleached the black heart from the pages of my personal ALL TIME favorite children’s book series.

Thankfully, I’ve still got a very well-worn and loved on set. I treasure them and will continue to do so with Angry Baby. As a parent I REFUSE TO expose my child to mediocre, unterrifying, artwork in her scary story books.

A mom has to draw the line, now is the time when THIS BIDDY wants to protest! I protest the censure of ART!!! Harper Collins, DO RIGHT BY THE ARTIST THAT GAVE YOU 30 YEARS OF SALES AND CONTROVERSY! Return the Original Artwork! We refuse to allow you to further “vanilla” future generations!

Gammell Art FOREVER!

via and Adventures in Poor Taste


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