This is a redrawing of an illustration in the book Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
by Alwin Schwartz. For those of you who haven't heard of the book it is part of a fantastic series of books that serve as a compilation of traditional short horror stories. The kind told around campfires and to frighten children. Anyone who has ever read the books will have had the bejesus frightened out of them by the terrifying illustrations by Stephen Gammell. I've chosen this image of a backstreet knife salesman, from the story No, Thanks
, as I feel that humans can be far more terrifying and evil than anything that goes bump in the night.
I've been discussing Gammell's method recently with
, and he has produced some fantastic works in Gammell's style. I've learnt a few things from this experiment. Mainly to use better quality equipment in the future, and to make sure that I'm using a soft pencil before rather than after drawing (instead of wondering throughout why the charcoal isn't smudging). The image was produced using charcoal pencils, erasers and a smudge stick.
For more on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
feel free to visit (or join) my
group, which I've set up to celebrate the books, horror and everything in between. The original story and image can be seen here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wiva2X…