Graveyard Shift The Scariest Illustrations From 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'  

Jacob Bryant
5.3k votes 597 voters 13k views 24 items

List Rules Vote up the creepiest illustrations.

For a lot of kids, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is their first foray into horror. The series of three books, written by Alvin Schwartz with illustrations by Stephen Gammell, is a starter block that can lead to Goosebumps, Richard Matheson, and Stephen King.

The stories, first published from 1981 to 1991, might be less frightening as kids grow up, but the illustrations can still send a shiver down a spine. It's hard to put a finger on what makes these illustrations so terrifying to this day. Some are ominous landscapes with a dark figure in the distance, while others are odd depictions of animals, but all are surreal. Long after the stories fade from young readers' minds, the accompanying drawings stick around for years.

1 413 VOTES

The Haunted House

The Haunted House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Illustrations From 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'
Photo:  HarperCollins
304 109
Is this disturbing?
2 367 VOTES

The Bride

The Bride is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Illustrations From 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'
Photo:  HarperCollins
273 94
Is this disturbing?
3 320 VOTES

The Thing

The Thing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Illustrations From 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'
Photo:  HarperCollins
222 98
Is this disturbing?
4 317 VOTES

Somebody Fell From Aloft

Somebody Fell From Aloft is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Illustrations From 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'
Photo:  HarperCollins
217 100
Is this disturbing?