I truly worship Stephen Gammell.
The scary stories series is wonderful, almost too creepy for smaller, but I always loved them just for his artwork.
Yeah I have the book Scary Stories, which is where I was introduced to his artwork.
To me, this guy's art is what horror means to me: raw fear that hits you on a purely emotional level. When I read the "Scary Stories" collections, and saw his drawings, that's what I felt: Pure fear. It was wonderful >:)
I was so happy last year when I found my worn-down beat-up Scary Stories trilogy in a box. My daughter loves to read them with me and she loves the illustrations the same way I always have. She even has the hearse song memorized - my little parter-in-haunting.
Such great images! Stephen Gammell is amazing! I finally got all three books and am so happy to have the whole collection :)
The illustration for the story "The Thing" was the face I assigned to the nameless fears of my childhood. I used to flip to that page and challenge myself to look at it for more than a few seconds.
I love his style...
Don't forget to click the "Stephen Gammell" tag on this blog post. : ) I've posted some of my favorite Gammell works over the years.
Yep. I have the books too.
His art scared the crap out of me when I was a kid! Which, obviously, was it's intended purpose. The artist probably spent a lot of time sitting back, smiling to himself, thinking about all the children who would be having nightmares thanks to his artwork.
What medium does he use? Is it watercolor by chance? I just bought some watercolors and wanted to try to use them to paint black and white. WOW he's amazing.
I really don't know how he gets that look. It feels almost like a combo of lead and watercolor, but I'm just not sure. And I can't seem to find anything online that discusses his methods.
Ohh yes. I have very fond childhood memories of sitting up late, long after bedtime, under the blanket, with a flashlight, enjoying the terrifying nature of these books and especially the incredible artwork.
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