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More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,159 Ratings  ·  322 Reviews
All those who enjoyed shuddering their way through Alvin Schwartz's first volume of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark will find a satisfyingly spooky sequel in this new collection of the macabre, the funny, and the fantastic. Is it possible to die — and not know it? What if a person is buried too soon? What happens to a thief foolish enough to rob a corpse, or to a murdere ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published 1984 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Nov 15, 2012 Ronyell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of dark and spooky stories!!!

4.5 stars


After reading the first book “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” I just had to read up on the sequel, “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” which is also written by Alvin Schwartz along with illustrations by Stephen Gammell. “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a continuation of the first book and we are introduced to more spine-tingling tales from this fantastic series as you will definitely be sitting on the edge of your seats after you read this
May 17, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: kyle-s-books, owned
When I was a child, I used to love reading Alvin Schwartz's scary story books! There was nothing more fun than going to the library during the summer and getting my fix of creepy stories and macabre artwork by Stephen Gammell. I recently picked up a copy of this book as a testament to my childhood nostalgia to see if the stories held up to the test of time. I'm glad to say that they did! While written for children, the stories definitely gave me a few chills as an adult. The artwork is still jus ...more
Matthew W
May 29, 2009 Matthew W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book (and the other books in the "Scary Stories" series) had a huge influence on me as a child. May future generations of children also be influenced by the "Scary Stories" books!!
Feb 23, 2015 Dahlia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are wonderful.
I still love these books. They're still pretty spooky, because the stories are archetypal. Some things are always scary. For the target audience, this will likely be their first exposure to most of these archetypes. And nostalgia helps those of us who read these years ago. The stories are nice and short, perfect for telling around a campfire or at a sleepover.

The original art by Stephen Gammell is horrible and I love it. I always did. It was a pleasure to be horrified by it. The newest edition h
Kelsey Trinkner
May 16, 2013 Kelsey Trinkner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-junior-year
When I was little, my mother bought me this series of books. I read all of them within a short period of time. I loved the books. I used to loan them out to my classmates when I was in the third grade. I would also read these stories to my little brother. They scared him, but I loved them. I recently re-read these three books. My favorite story from this book is called "The Bed By The Window." This story is about a few men who are in a nursing home. The three men are unable to lift themselves ou ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Juliette rated it it was amazing
I loved scary stories as a kid. I also was a dork, and loved to write. I entered some kind of "kid author/illustrator" contest in 4th or 5th grade, and I won! I remember that the highlight of winning included meeting awesome author Gary Paulsen and illustrator Stephen Gammell. Stephen Gammell, in my memory, was super amazing, and even created a creepy watercolor painting during the seminar. I also happened to love Alvin Schwartz's book In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories , who also wro ...more
Rebecca McNutt
May 23, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My sister and I loved these when we were little - the stories were generic urban myths but it was the disturbing and eerie illustrations that made this anthology series so memorable, the stark black and white with hints of bright red and blue to evoke the chilling atmosphere.
Apr 19, 2015 Josiah rated it liked it
As in the first volume, the storytelling skills of Alvin Schwartz and the eerie drawings of the more than capable Stephen Gammell come together in the telling of these incredibly scary folk tales.
For some reason, "Wonderful Sausage" has always caught my fascination, though the story itself is chillingly brutal. "Oh, Susannah" has always been one of the scariest stories of any in the Alvin Schwartz collections that I have read, and more than once I found myself truly getting cold with goosebump
Aug 18, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Horror stories are always and will always be part of anyone ones child hood. This book written by Mr.Alvin Schwartz has been part of my childhood. I remember first reading this book, when I was in elementary school. But it wasn't just the writing that spooked me, but the illustrations. And I know I wasn't just the only kid who grew up and still remembers this book and the other two books in the series. More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, along with the other two, are a great read for old, yo ...more
Aug 31, 2007 Clint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books are wonderful. The stories are really scary while at the same time being written for kids, the drawings are really scary, and these books are some of my best memories of being a kid.
Trevor Fitzpatrick
As a kid I remembered reading the first book of this series and of course all of the stories scarred me at night. I never read the second book out of the series though, which is this book, and I personally enjoyed it a lot. The style of the book was the same old one to four page scary story and some of them were actually pretty good; even reading them now. Whether it be a sausage maker grinding people up into sausage, or demonic people falling from the sky to haunt a ship, each story had its own ...more
Mikal O'Boyle
Jul 29, 2014 Mikal O'Boyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alvin Schwartz is a great storyteller who has teamed up with a very talented, and possibly demented, illustrator named Stephen Gammell. I found this book, More Scary Stories, (appropriately so) in the attic and instantly remembered a handful of tales that thrilled me as a child. These stories, along with their grotesque illustrations, are dark and chilling. They are perfect for when that Halloween mood hits, and you're feeling mysterious and terrifying. They are gems of haunting stories and song ...more
Michael Castro
"More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is a continuation to the book "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," and this book's contents are obvious by its name. The stories tell about a multitude of things, from ghosts to strange voices to people going crazy. There are plenty of stories in here to read. I didn't find these stories scary, but they would be great to read around a campfire, or to kids in the dark, as children would be scared by these and may find them enjoyable. I would recommend this ...more
Jun 25, 2015 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was an interesting series of short scary stories. It wasn’t that scary because I've read scarier stories. I only read the first five stories they were interesting and disturbing. It seems that the further you get into the book the scarier it gets.

The plot for the first one was a ghost not knowing he was dead. He saw everyone around him run away not knowing what is going on he calls his wife his response was she was at his funeral. In the second st
Jan 08, 2008 Derwin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombies
I like more scary stories. But only to tell in the light.
I had to read this book for an assignment on "banned books" in a children's lit class. To save myself a trip to the library, I went to my (then) second grade daughter's and my (then) fourth grade daughter's classrooms and asked their teachers if they had "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" in their classroom collections. Both teachers said that they had had it in the past but that their copies had been "read to death" and they had not gotten around to replacing them. Fortunately, the literacy sp ...more
This is a collection of strange, scary, shocking, gross and funny stories for older children. The tales presented are an interesting mix of old and new and our girls loved them. I was less enthused about the collection, although a good storyteller could have a lot of fun with these stories.

The illustrations were scarier than the tales, in my opinion, but overall, it was an interesting compilation. We've also read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and will move on to Scary Stories 3: More Tales
Cindy Pierce
Sep 30, 2015 Cindy Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, halloween-2015
I originally read this book back in the 80's along with the first release, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I remember feeling much the same way about them then as I do now... I'm finding them not all that scary at all during the daytime but I know that if it were dark outside I'd be feeling differently.
Storm Arashi
Jan 16, 2016 Storm Arashi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alright mistake number one: Listening to these at night.

Mistaken number two: Listening to these at night, with the lights off and covers over my head.

Even as an adult a lot of these are legitimately scary. And beautifully told by the narrator.
Jan 09, 2013 Aaron_ebert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Ages
Recommended to Aaron_ebert by: Lincoln VanCuick
Shelves: scary
"More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark" is a compilation of old folk tales and truly terrifying stories. My favorite story was about this person, described as a ticket, named McLaren from a ship called the Gertrude Spurshoe. They were sailing and a dead man fell from a loft. They couldn't figure out who it was. Guessing it was a stowaway. They wanted to throw the body overboard, but were afraid of a curse. McLaren states, "I've taken care of him once and I'll take care of him again." As McLaren ...more
Awesome when a book you read and reread as a child in the dark with a flashlight still gives you chills. More humorous than scary at this point, but a story or two are still as unsettling as they were to me as a child. Unfortunately, I do feel like a lot is lacking with Brett Helquist's artwork vs Stephen Gammell's. I think it takes away quite a bit from the imagery and atmosphere. It's cartoonish when these stories are far from that, even when the stories are funny. I understand that this serie ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most memorable series of books from my childhood. The stories in the books aren't particularly scary; some are humorous, some are eerie, some will give a kid chills...some are not even original to Mr. Schwartz, and are the sort of urban-legend stories you hear around the campfire growing up.

No, what makes these spectacular books stand out as fine examples of kindertrauma is Stephen Gammell's most excellent illustrations.

Some of them still give me heart palpitations, even as an adult.

Christian Hannemann
The book “More Scary Stories” is a thriller that will keep people shivering in their boots until the end. I would recommend this book for people who like thrillers or just good stories to tell around the campfire. This book is filled with numerous stories. One of my favorite stories was when a bride was playing Hide-And-Go-Seek with children and accidentally locked herself in a chest. She thought she was smart enough that she wouldent be found. She was right about not being found! They discover ...more
Aug 15, 2015 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as fun and spooky as when I was a kid.
Katy Jane
Sep 07, 2014 Katy Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. At 28, these are no where near as scary as when I was 8, 9, 10 years old. I would stay up at night thinking about these stories and freak myself out.
2. I am reading them again because this month is banned books month and this is a book that is challenged almost ever year. Reasons being: insensitivity, Satanism/occult, unsuited for age group, violence, religious viewpoint.
3. These being banned make little sense to me because they are a collection of folklore that have been around for forever.
G.B. Lindsey
Jul 17, 2014 G.B. Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, talk about trauma.

One appalling day about two-odd years ago, my sister and I stood utterly frozen in the bookstore in a godawful hive-minded fury (i.e., what my sister defines not as angry but as "shangry plus") when we saw that they had dared to re-release this trilogy WITHOUT THE ORIGINAL STEPHEN GAMMELL ILLUSTRATIONS. Unspeakable is the rage that resulted, the high-pitched squeaks and the flailing that nearly knocked books from their shelves, and oh god, the SPUTTERING. We clung to each
Pk Devan
Apr 30, 2014 Pk Devan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No matter how safe you think you are, something evil is always waiting for you! Scary stories is a horrifying book of short scary stories. My favorite short story was The Babysitter. It told the story of a babysitter who was watching 3 kids. She got a phone call at 9:00 from someone creepily laughing. The man called back every 30 minutes and at 10:30 he said he was going to come to them very soon. Being frightened the babysitter called the cops, then they told her that the man was calling from ...more
Grant Mccormick
The authors purpose for writing this book is to entertain the child public with scary stories told down families for generations. Mr. Schwartz has wrote many books on scary stories and some of his stories are very convincing to the children who read them. Such as the Sasquatch, it is a story that many people think exist or existed at sometime. Schwartz wrote this to inform kids about these legends as entertainment and information.

There isn't a real theme to this book except for scariness. I thin
Becka dittmann
I thought the book was okay. It was a book of short stories that were supposed to be scary. In my opinion I thought they were not scary. The book was a little messed up at times and the stories were kind of strange but other than that it was okay. It was a very easy book that anyone could read in a short amount of time. I would recommend this book to older children because some of the context is not suitable for younger children.
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Alvin Schwartz was the author of more than fifty books dedicated to and dealing with topics such as folklore and word play, many of which were intended for young readers. He is often confused with another Alvin Schwartz, who wrote Superman and Batman daily comics strips and a novel titled The Blowtop.
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