You know what's just about the scariest thing in the world? Children's books in Japan in the 1970s apparently. Comics Alliance contributors David Brothers and Chris Sims dug up a bunch of amazing and utterly terrifying illustrations from Japanese kid's books from the 1970s from veteran manga artist Gojin Ishihara, aka "Japan's Norman Rockwell". All I have to say is wow. And I thought the illustrations in my D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths were bad ass.
There's many, many more macabre examples here at Pink Tentacle. As you glance through all these, remember these are all from children's literature. For extremely terrified children.