Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories #1)
Are you brave enough for Scary Stories?
Some boys and girls were at a party one night. There was a graveyard down the street, and they were talking about how scary it was.
"Don't ever stand on a grave after dark," one of the boys said. "The person inside will grab you."
"A grave doesn't scare me," said one of the girls. "I'll do it right now. . . ."
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I'm not giving any stars here, only a warning: beware which edition of this collection you choose, for if you choose unwisely, you will be sorely ripped off in more ways than one.
I chose unwisely. My edition is the 2010 "updated" version published by Harper Collins with new illustrations by Brett Helquist. To say that it's been sanitized for safe consumption is an understatement. The reason the original 1981 edition became an instant classic and a frequently challenged book in schools and libra ...more
I'm a supporter of childhood literacy, but I beg you. Please, for the love of all that is holy, do not make the mistake of giving this book to your children. They will never forgive you. Think of all the therapy costs.
When I was a little girl, I was terrified of the dark. I couldn't sleep without my rituals. All blankets had to be tuck ...more
But the illustrations... The illustrations in this book are good old-fashioned nightmare fuel. I really don't know what they were thinking.
I mean, what were they thinking?
Facebook 30 Day Book Challenge Day 8: Book that scares you.
I have always loved reading banned books because even though I am usually curious about the reasons why they were banned in the first place, it just makes me really want to read the books even more! Well, I just picked up this spooky book for children called “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz along with illustrations by Stephen Gammell and it basically has several horror folktales collected over the years. “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is definitely o ...more
I read this on my kindle late at night under the covers with nothing but the illumination of my phone screen to light the words. Can you imagine my shock at the following appearing out of nowhere after the flick of the side-button? Zoinks.
I don't have much to say about this collection other than I might be a little bit in love with Schwartz for putting together such a hor ...more
So, how does the original hold up, read after more time has passed than I'm willing to admit, and more horror books and movies than I can count? Amazingly well. These are basically campfire stories, of course, but campfire stories need to be scary to work. They are, in many respects, prim ...more
Speaking of nightmares. Here, have some.
I found another copy recently, and got to read it once more. It took a little while for me to recapture that same fear I felt when I read the book ...more
Oh bejesus, what was I thinking reading this at night?
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is not for the faint of heart. As the name suggests, you’ll find a collection of scary stories here that are perfect to tell around campfires, or at slumber parties, or if you’re like me, they’re perfect reading material at night with the lights turned off. If you do opt for the third option, I’d suggest you prepare for a rather sleepless night!
In terms of the stories themselv ...more
Interesting fact: This book is frequently stolen from libraries.
These aren't mere scary stories; they're enhanced with cultural folklore and beautifully creepy illustrations.
These books were probably what initially sparked my interest in the horror genre. As a little elementary schooler, I would check out these books from the school library and run to the bus so I could get home and read them, eyes wide with curiosity (and probably a bit of terror). Some of these stories have stuck with me and I still remember them eve ...more
Rating 7/10. I remember reading (and loving!) these highly contraversial books in about fifth grade. Essentially, they are a collection of short stories adapted from mostly American folklore and "urban legends." There are ghost stories, songs, jokes, and other creepy stuff. The stories all lend themselves to being retold around the campfire (or the urban equivelent) with the possible exception of some of the longer, more detailed storie ...more
Now, over 15 years later, I'm re-read ...more
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