Many of the pictures are surreal, and much more grotesque than the stories they accompany. For instance, there is one story of
a woman who adopts a stray dog from Mexico, only to later discover that it is an enormous, diseased rat. Although this is creepy by itself, the illustration of the rat is soul-scarring. There's no way that the thing portrayed by the picture could possibly be mistaken for a dog. It looks more like a monster than a rat, even:
However, the unsettling surrealism of the images exaggerates the horror. It's effective, but I'm curious about the thought process that led up to the creation of these books, which were sold side-by-side with Goosebumps books like The Blob That Ate Everyone and Egg Monsters From Mars. The difference between pulp-horror like Goosebumps and truly disturbing books like the Scary Stories series is startling. Still, both series were successful, showing that there is room for a lot of variety in the horror genre.