Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz  should be on everyone's scary bookshelf.  For those of you unaware of the controversy surrounding Schwartz’s chilling tales based on heavily researched folklore and urban legends, this story will leave you terrified.

The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle on your snout,
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly between your toes.
— Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

I Want My Scary Stories

Scary stories have been the bane of my existence. If it were not for scary stories my childhood would have been mundane at best. I would never have picked up a book for enjoyment.   I was the kid who couldn't wait to read an Edgar Allen Poe or Ambrose Bierce story in English Literature. Lucky for me, I was encouraged to read what I enjoyed.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is everything I wanted in a spooky book from the Stephen Gammell’s iconic black and white ink drawings of nightmarish scenes to the horrific visions of spiders crawling out of a girls face. Let’s not forget The Hearse Song!

Don’t Touch Our Scary Stories

However, if you were a kid growing up the in the 80’s it is more than likely that you had to battle the forces of evil, aka librarians, parents and teachers, to get your hands on a copy of Scary Stories from your local library. According to educators, these books were horrid and gruesome. YES! I want my copy now! These books were labeled one of the most challenged of it’s time on the library inclusion list. Oh the horrors!

At one point, the publisher caved in to public pressure and even replaced originals artworks with drawings that were nice, but not for us diehard creepy kids. It’s a sin to modify original works in my eyes.

Needless to say, I am ecstatic that famed producer, Guillermo del Toro is bringing our beloved stories to the big screen.

I do not believe in protesting or banning books. Kids are not as naive or as innocent as parents think. If your creepy kids are anything like we were. Let them read and take them to see a spooky movie this summer! I have provided the link below purchase the original box set with artwork intact. Maybe I’ll see you at the movies.