I remember my childhood like it was yesterday...
I was a weird kid
Playing on SNES and PlayStation, trading Pokemon Cards instead of tagging others, most of all, always heading to the library before school started. I had a friend who would tell me scary stories. She showed me a couple of books that had some pretty creepy pictures. (Then again, I was subconciously fascinated by them. I mean, I loved supernatural horror at the age of 7.) Those illustrations are still in my head to this day.
Now, after hearing the re-printing of the series, I was highly disappointed by the fact that Stephen Gammell's artwork would not be re-appearing in the update. Instead, Bret Helquist, artist for "A Series of Unfortunate Events," will be placing his work in the series.
I'll be blunt. If a child wants to read a scary story (books aimed for children), the child expects to be scared. That's the whole point. I'm not talking about books where the author depicts characters brutally killing people. I mean chilling stories to make the heart race and make you go through 3 buckets of popcorn.