Sneak Peek: Artists Paying Tribute to 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' With Special Exhibit - Bloody Disgusting!

Sneak Peek: Artists Paying Tribute to ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ With Special Exhibit

A documentary is on the way. A movie is possible. And now there’s an art exhibit!

There’s a reason that Alvin Schwartz’s three-book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is still fondly remembered today, nearly 40 years after the first book was released. The books, which came out between 1981 and 1991, terrified a couple generations of young horror fans, combining spooky stories (some of which had clever “jump scare” finales) with truly nightmarish artwork.

The illustrations came courtesy of artist Stephen Gammell, and I think it’s pretty safe to say that they’ve become more iconic than even the stories themselves. Gammell’s terrifying illustrations have an otherworldly horror to them, and one has to wonder how popular the books would’ve been had Schwartz and Gammell not collaborated on the project. Truly a match made in… Hell.

This Friday night, March 10th, a lineup of artists will be showing off their Scary Stories-inspired work as part of the tribute exhibit Scary Stories to Tell in the Art. On display from 7pm to 12am at San Antonio, Texas’ Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, the exhibit is free to attend and guests are invited to dress up in spooky costumes inspired by the Scary Stories books.

Take a sneak peek below, via the event’s Instagram account; if you’re unable to attend, be sure to follow the account as it will serve as a live feed once the event begins tomorrow night.

The art of Chad Savage in show. Scary stories to tell in the art.

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The art of Paul Boswell in show. Scary stories to tell in the art.

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Snippet of work from Daniel Kranz in show.

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The art of Hannah Ghore in show. Scary stories to tell in the art.

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The art of Karl Dahmer in show (creator of the promo art). Scary stories to tell in the art.

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The photography of Liz Osban in show. Scary stories to tell in the art.

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The art of Aeron Alfrey in show. Scary stories to tell in the art.

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The art of Christopher Lee in show. Scary stories to tell in the art. Work based on ” The Haunted House” story.

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  • Dave

    Some of these shown are really cool and good. others are pretty bad. Wish I would of known about this show before..

  • Rohan

    Man, I remember stealing the book from the library when I was in fourth grade and keeping it for the whole year. One of the main reasons I fell in love with horror, now I am probably the biggest horror fan in my whole school!

    • Poopsmith McUnty

      i did the same thing!!! got caught though and the librarian didn’t know we had that book and when she looked at it she got upset and threw it in the garbage and acted like there was something wrong with ME for wanting to have it (catholic school). fucking rotten thing to do to a third grader who wanted to read.

  • Stefan Heikel

    So apparently Stephen Gammel lives in St. Paul, MN (I live in Minneapolis). I’m half tempted to track him down and shake his hand as a thank you for his amazing work.

    • Amanda M.

      I hear ya, up for some company?

  • Halloween_Vic

    These are trippaaayyyy, my favorite book as a kid even when it scared the shit out of me!

  • Alkuna

    Holy shit I wish I could visit this