I am sure most, if not all, of you are familiar with at least one of the books that follow, probably the first in the series. I don't know why, but it seems all of us at one point in our childhood discovered these books. If you haven't, you should really give them a try.
I don't know why, but Amazon has this weird multi-colored thing going on with their pics...these should all be black and white.
These stories were probably read to me between the ages of 5 and 10. I don't know why anyone would subject a child to such horrors at that age, but such was done to me and a class full of other children around that age. These stories scared the ever loving fuck out of my little grade school ass. I haven't gone back to read them in a long time so the effect may have worn off...but not the picture, let me tell ya. Some disturbing art work to see when you are a child. Stephen Gammell's illustrations are a beauty to look at since I have gotten older, but back then...I probably covered my virgin little eyes.