Scariest campfire stories for adults

They look in on the horse, who was covered in clay, and then dig up the corpse which looks as you might expect, except clutching her handkerchief in his cold, dead hand!

We’ve all woken up a little confused and unsure of what’s going on, but John Sullivan took that to the next level in “Something Was Wrong,” the first story in the second volume.

All Sam wanted to do was help a woman he saw while walking in “May I Carry Your Basket? A decapitated walking corpse handing over her head in said basket.

When he runs away, understandably freaked out, the body and the head chase after him separately, with the latter catching up first and chomping on his legs before vanishing, most likely along with Sam’s desire to play Good Samaritan ever again.

This one’s interesting because, instead of reveling in the grotesque as with many of the other entries, Gammell decided to go the subtle route when composing this image, choosing to show only the basket with a few strands of hair hanging over the edge.

Still, it’s enough to get the old imagination working overtime!

That’s how powerful Alvin Schwartz’s trilogy of terror tales, featuring the incredibly disturbing artwork of Stephen Gammell, truly were.A collector of urban legends, folklore, and campfire stories, Schwartz traveled the country and dug through books of all kinds to bring his compilations together with the intent of passing them on to children who would then scare their friends with them.The first book, published in 1981, set the tone with briefly told narratives — usually just a few pages long, if that — accompanied by one of Gammell’s nightmarish drawings.Many a Scary Story revolves around unrequited love that doesn’t give up even after death.That’s the case with “Cold As Clay,” which features a farmhand named Jim who falls for his boss’ daughter.

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