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234 of 246 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2011
As the title says, Stephen Gammell's disturbing art style was the key ingredient for the terror inspired by these stories. The new art style is bland and lacks the unique flavor of Gammell's talent.

Stay away from this set and find a copy of the originals!
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117 of 124 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
Stephen Gammell's original art was a large reason why these books were forever ingrained in the memories of readers. Replacing them with Brett Helquist's milquetoast revisions is yet another sad instance of tactless PC whiners tromping all over someone else's hard work. Don't waste a penny on this useless re-release.
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158 of 170 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2011
These series of books have a classic collection of horror folk and urban legend stories and have been around for over a decade. I have fond memories from reading these stories as a child. But what put these books over the top was the original disturbing artwork by Steven Gammell, which is sadly no longer present in these new editions and needs to be brought back. Replacing the classic illustrations was a very dumb move on the part of the publisher. If you can, track down the older editions with Gammell's illustrations they are well worth it and vastly superior. They are no longer in print, but copies are still plentiful and not too hard to come by.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
Someone made a very bad call when reissuing these books. No personal slight to Mr. Helquist who, I'm sure, does fine illustrations for many other books...but this series is meant to be illustrated by Stephen Gammell. It's a team effort. Schwartz and Gammell, Gammell and Schwartz. It's an iconic pairing and it shouldn't have been changed. So, if you can find an older version of this series, or can wait a few years for the publisher to realize their mistake and reissue the books with the original illustrations. Do that instead.
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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
This reprint of what should be Schwartz's masterpieces are utterly worthless without the original artwork. The point of Schwartz's work was the true terror it inspired - if you want to emotionally coddle your children with "less scary" art, then why are you reading them horror stories to begin with?
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
The whole creepy factor WAS the illustrations in the originals. Did they finally cave in to the moral guardians of the world? Why did they have to pull this on the 30th Anniversary Edition and not just co-release with a set with the original drawings? Not cool.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2012
Who's wretched idea was it to remove the beautiful, terrifying artwork by Stephen Gammell and replace it with this bland, cutesy nonsense? Way to ruin the entire series. I grew up on these books, and Gammell's art literally MADE the tales. Even as an adult, there's no comparison between the original illustrations and Brett Helquist's dreadful new replacements. Gammell's work was and is terrifying, inhabited as it is by strange beings, sinister shadows, and weird tree roots. Helquist's work, on the other hand, looks like something off a cheap Halloween card.

Go out of your way to buy the real, authentic "Scary Stories" with Gammell's classic illustrations, and avoid this horrible update like the plague. Maybe if enough people voice their displeasure the publishers will bring back the classic "Scary Stories" and quit trying to ruin a classic with their needless tampering.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2012
The original version of these books rates a solid 5 stars, but these new editions missing the original artwork of Stephen Gammell are worthless. Get the Scary Stories Treasury instead.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2012
Whenever you mention Scary Stories, the consensus among anyone who has ever read them is that the art made everything. The stories were decent, but the art with them is what made the stories stick in your mind.

Why the publishers would remove the most memorable part of a book makes no sense to me. The new art looks like Harry Potter artwork, which would be fine if Hogwarts was somehow terrifying.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2012
The original illustrations are why I sought these books out for my kids. When I read these growing up, they creeped me out even more by the artwork. Now it's as if I'm reading Harry Potter. Not to say that that's bad, but it's supposed to be "SCARY STORIES" PEOPLE! Why change this now after nearly 30 years? Epic fail.
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