In October of 1981, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was released on an unsuspecting adolescent public. Much praise has been heaped on Schwartz, and rightly so. In assembling the collection, he pulled no punches, pushing the boundaries of what was possible in a children’s book. But, Schwartz doesn’t deserve all the credit. Without a doubt, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has transcended all other comers to become the pinnacle of children’s horror because of the surreal, macabre pen and ink drawings of Stephen Gammell.