- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Scary Stories
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (July 25, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062682895
- ISBN-13: 978-0062682895
- ASIN: 006268289X
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 801 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scary Stories Paperback Box Set: The Complete 3-Book Collection with Classic Art by Stephen Gammell Paperback – July 25, 2017
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About the Author
Alvin Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explores everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. His collections of scary stories—Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Scary Stories 3, and two I Can Read books, In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories and Ghosts!—are just one part of his matchless folklore collection.
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Picture one is what I got, picture two is what it used to be. Please warn people that this is not the original artist and show a sampling of the inside of the books. I gather that's why it's not advertised, though. Some people like me wouldn't have spent (wasted) the money on it if they had known the original artist wasn't used.
Many of us grew up with the Scary stories to tell in the Dark collection by Alvin Schwartz and were haunted by the gorgeous and creepy artwork of Stephen Gammell. Stephen's artwork is part of what made these books so haunting, so notorious. And now they have brutally altered these books beyond reprieve.
Not only did the cowards quietly change the artwork, after standing by the artistic integrity of this collection for thirty years, bu they do it for the thirtieth anniversary edition on-ward!
To change this is like changing the original Dr. Seuss Illustrations or the original Alice in Wonderland illustrations. it's just not right. This was a shameful movie by a cowardly company giving in to long standing pressure that the pictures were "too scary."
Brett Helquist is not a bad artist. But he was used here as a pawn for an overly politically correct move to make a collection of scary stories "tamer" and "more acceptable." A move that would have insulted the likes of Ray Bradbury.
If there is any integrity left at all they will restore the Stephen Gammell illustrations.
Give them a whirl, if you dare....
A few years back when the original Stephen Gammell illustrations were removed from these books, my heart sank. Newer generations would never know the absolute terror that waited for them between each page thanks to Gammell's nightmarish art... until now. Scholastic listened to the outcry from all the adults who grew up trying to avoid the empty look from the ghost with hollow eye sockets in "The Haunted House" or the cobweb-ridden corpse of the tragically trapped woman in "The Bride."
The stories and illustrations are just as enjoyable and spooktacular as they were when the books were first published. Welcome back, Schwartz and Gammell!