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.