Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories #1)
This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.
There is a story here for everyone -- skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the ch...more
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
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
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.
Interesting fact: This book is frequently stolen from libraries.
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
But what's truly unique about this collection is Stephen Gammell's illustrations. The images haunted me as a child, and have more than likely shaped some of my nightmares. They...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
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
This book series is a compilation of folklore, ghost stories, and strange tales from around the world, from rural folklore to...more
It is a collection of old stories to scare you, some are better than others, but then again, some have been around for centuries. What I liked the most was the Notes and Sources sections of the book at the end, that told where the author found these storie...more
Several of these tales made me feel afraid but some of them didn't. Alvin Schwartz has a series of these scar...more
My cousin had this book, she borrowed it from the library, and I was skimming the pages. I later asked to borrow it and I am SO happy I did. It is such a great book for the younger generations. Throughout it's pages are short ghost-stories that you can tell around the campfire, but before each one at the bottom of the 'Title' page is a mini synopsis of the story you are about to read aloud to members of your 'Slumber Party', 'campfire' or anywhere else you have people wantin...more
The book Scary Stories has a series of stories that will knock your socks off. Alvin Schwartz is very good at putting his and others thoughts in to words. If you read this book you might not be able to pick a favorite story. The plots are very interesting. Its all good in the beginning and BOOM, you see something ab normal. Along with that then it’s following you home!
This book takes place in well; let’s just say the scary times. Some stories take place in th...more
If those lines are familiar to you, you've got a pretty good idea of how scary you can expect Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz to be. A collection of urban legends, scary stories, and miscellany, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and its sequels were the most frequently challenged books during the nineties, according to the American Library Association.
If the stories aren’t...more
I was surprised at how graphic some of the stories could be, and as for the adults reviewing this book who read it earlier in life, I can see where is may not be as scary now.
These stories are based on folklore and may have been passed down over time. It is a great book for children who love spooky stories. I immediately rememb...more
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