If you listen closely, you’ll hear the collective sound of hearts breaking around the world. Alvin Schwartz’s book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has long been a gateway for kids to get into the genre with its spooky short stories and incredible artwork by Stephen Gammell. Sadly, HarperCollins, publisher of the terror tomes, has made one of the single most boneheaded decisions we’ve ever reported on.
To “celebrate” the 30th anniversary of this book trilogy, Gammell’s wondrous and deliciously dark artwork is being replaced by the far tamer artwork of artist Brett Helquist. No offense to Helquist, but this is a fucking tragedy.
Check out some examples from Adventures in Poor Taste below. The original artwork is on the left, and the replacement on the right. Behold, another step taken in the pussification of our world as we know it. Screw you, HarperCollins!