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The Scary Stories Treasury (Scary Stories #1-3)

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Schwartz's three best-selling collections of scary folklore -- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Scary Stories 3 -- are made available in one book, each one in its complete form.


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"A wonderful collection of tales that range from creepy to silly to haunting. ...Gammell's drawings add just the right touch..." -- John Sciesz

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Hardcover, 325 pages
Published June 1985 by HarperCollins (first published 1985)
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Megan
I had all three of Schwartz's Scary Stories books as a child, and remember reading them over and over. The tales are mostly re-tellings of classic urban legends. The stories are creepy, but what really made this book great were the disturbing images by Stephen Gammell. I remember staying up late reading these stories and staring at the images with a mixture of fascination and horror.

Seriously, pretend you're a ten year old girl for a second and just look at these.






Now an adult, I went in search
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Spoonbridge
Ah, the memories. I recently picked up this omnibus of spooky favorites from childhood, including the three “Scary Stories” books by Alvin Schwartz “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones” and read them for the first time in my adulthood. I really don’t know what about these dark, macabre, downright creepy tales fascinated me so much as a child; normally, I was terrified of anything remotely scary, having ...more
Andromeda M31
If you were born in the 80's, there's no way you escaped reading the Scary Stories books when you were young. This edition collects all three books, along with all those illustrations you remember!

I found the Treasury edition on sale while waiting for the DC to NY bus, and I had to have it. I've pulled it out at several black outs since then to scare my foreign national room mates who recognize some of the stories from versions in their home countries. And yes, they can still be scary to twenty
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Alissette
MY favorite part of this book was when the girl went to sleep and the spiders had layed eggs on her face and by the time she woke up her faced was totally destroyed and now i know for a fact that the story was also true because many people had said they were and at that point i was really scared i read this book a year ago and i seemed to like it because it interested me and I kept reading it
Amberle Husbands
I spent my parents' hard earned money at scholastic book fairs, as an elementary school kid, on all three of the individual "Scary Stories" collections. I was thrilled the other day when I saw this treasury in the bookstore, and couldn't resist bringing it home. It combines all three of the collections, and includes the amazing illustrations by Stephen Gammell that absolutely scared the bejeezus out of me as a child!

I have to admit, reading through the stories now, that even as a kid these must
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Joel Hunter Gun
These three books were my favorite reads as a child in elementary school! I have always enjoyed a good scare, and I can remember reading these over and over in my dimly lit bedroom at night before bed. The stories were spooky and the artwork was, and still is, captivating.
Brianda Barrera
These books were so popular when I was growing up. I'm easily scared, and these creeped me out for weeks. I bought this compilation as an adult, and most of the stories were familiar. It's enjoyable for both adults and children.
Julie
So, there is a story in this book about a kid who finds a toe and eats it, and then the monster/zombie or whatever it was that he took the toe from comes to get his toe back.

My sister told me this story when I was young, but with alterations. For instance, the toe wasn't eaten on purpose, it was mistaken for a black eyed pea and then the unsuspecting kid ate the black eyed pea-toe and set in motion a scary monster/zombie coming to get revenge for the eaten toe.
Then of course, she convinced me th
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Jamie
This was a cute little Folk Lore/ Urban Legend book. Some of the stories were really entertaining. However some of the stories felt very unfinished or just plain pointless. Some were just there, not scary or funny, somewhat confusing.
Megan
Awh man, this book brings back great memories. I had all of the books when I was younger. Unlike some reviewers, I was unable to keep them tidy on a bookshelf for fear my highly religious mother might spot them and they would meet their untimely demise in our wooden stove (rip Werewolf Chronicles by Rodman Philbrick).

These books lived between my mattresses, which at the time, seemed a fitting place to my nine year old self. I remember packing them ever so carefully in my Lisa Frank backpack to
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Nadiene
The BEST collection of scary folktales. I still whip it out on Halloween to read them aloud at parties.
Amanda
I used to love these book as a kid. They were terrifying and my sister or my friends and I would read them in the dark and we wouldn't be able to sleep for hours afterwards. The illustrations really were what made it scary- they inspired a few nightmares for me, that's for sure!
Natalie Pietro
I love this book ever since I was a little girl. It scard me at nights when I should have been sleeping. Its a collection of scary legeds or true stories. The art work is unbeliveably great. Classic bed times stories that will keep you up all night.
Cas
this book was awsome but some of the stories gave me the creeps for days after. and to anyone reading it if you come to the story about Harold... don't read! i still get creeped out, that story is so twisted!
Heather
I expected much better. Schwartz is very well known for his Scary Stories Collection, but I am not sure why they are so popular. I realize they are written for younger children, however often I felt he would get to the climax of story and it would just end. “And the dead man walked down the stairs…” The End…WHAT?? You can’t even tell it’s the end except the next story begins. There were a few good stories, but they were funny rather than even the slightest bit scary. Schwartz does include some g ...more
Tracy
Sep 30, 2014 Tracy added it
Shelves: audiobook
I wasn't feeling the audiobook version. The narrator was trying, but the actual sound quality of the recording was dubious (volume needed to be jacked way up or down story to story to hear it), and 2 stories ended with him screaming for virtually no reason I can discern. Usually the audiobook enriches a written story, but in this case some of them were limping along pretty lamely with the illustrations in the print version.

It is also just not scary to reread as an adult, although it was amusing
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Lucas
I got the last one of these from Barnes & Noble as they put it on the discontinued, ready to be shipped away, pile. It is all 3 of his "scary stories" series. It's just brilliant!
Wolfgang Price
fuck the stories. get it for Stephen Gammell's beautiful artwork! this book is the main influence on all of my art.
Sam Williamson
This "treasury" edition of Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series is amazing. All of the original illustrations by Stephen Gammell are included, as well as all of the notes and source material that appeared in the back of all three books.

These books are some of the most vivid memories I have of reading as a child, and it's really nice to be able to own such a great edition of them. Many of the stories are just as creepy as I remember them being, and even the ones that aren't very s
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Buggyboo
it's really scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elliot
Some of my earliest (and most frightening) memories of reading involve Alvin Schwartz's marvelous Scary Stories series, which collected and retold folklore and urban legends for a young audience. I re-read the books this year and found them (for the most part at least) as delightful as before. These stories Schwartz adapted -- in all of their guises throughout the centuries -- have continued to spook and entertain us for a reason: they remind us that we could never really know whether someone we ...more
Lizzie
Jul 08, 2011 Lizzie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lizzie by: My former, pure evil childhood friend Allison.
Shelves: 2011, reviewed
Once, when I was little, a friend (not a very good one, I may add) decided to have me read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. We were at Marie Calendar's with our moms at the time, so naturally the two of them would be yakking away for a while - long enough for me to read a few of the stories.

I was terrified. Growing up, I read bible stories, and about the scariest part in those was when the missionaries were in the jungle of India and a panther attacked the locals (I felt more sorry for the pa
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Jenny
This book series brings back a lot of memories from my childhood. Next to mythology, folklore, and fairy tales; as a kid i loved to ready anything that had to do with ghost and other supernatural things. I still remember how excited I was the day I first found these books at the library. And boy did some of these stories give me the creeps! I'm not too ashamed to admit that even now the story about The Red Spot (about the spider laying eggs in a girls cheek) and the story of Harold the doll stil ...more
Monster
The Scary Stories Treasury contains three popular volumes of “scary stories”, collected from folklore and urban legends by Alvin Schwartz: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. Any librarian who isn’t familiar with the books collected in this volume really needs to check them out. Not only are these titles in high demand for older children and teens, but they are an incredible storytelling resource. In fact ...more
Kaine Andrews
I snagged this the other day merely due to fond memories from my childhood. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was probably my first scary book. 'Salem's Lot was the second. Yes, there is something wrong with me. But that book and it's sequel (More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) made an indelible mark on me, leaving me with psychological scars that would never totally leave. The image on the cover of this collection (originally from SStTitD) inspired such a mortal terror that I dreaded having ...more
John Garrigan
Age recommendation: 7+ (unless they're easily scared)

The Scary Stories books were favorites of mine as a kid (which I think may say something about me...), and I hope they remain so for generations to come. The stories themselves, a collection of frightening folktales, are simple but entertaining. It's the artwork that stands out. The paintings in these books are remembered by adults for a reason. They are uniquely terrifying, but in an alluring way, one that makes kids want to open the book to
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Zoe Kennedy
I just had to re-read this nightmare fuel for Halloween. I was so lucky because I found this copy where I work at a used book store. Why am I lucky because this edition has all the original art work by Stephen Gammell, the new art work is a joke and I can't believe they actually changed it.
Leah Burch
These stories are still as creepy and scary as I remember them. This new edition isn't as great at the 80's version with the black covers though. The illustrations in the older version definitely contribute to the feel of the stories. If you haven't read these books in awhile, I recommend that you revisit them.
Erin
This is by far one of my favorite scary stories book series. I had each of the individual books as a child, and now I have the three together in this hardback edition. I enjoyed scaring myself year after year reading the stories, as well as enjoying the super creepy artwork provided by Stephen Gammell. Although I am all grown up, I still make a point to read this book occasionally and enjoy the well told stories of Alvin Schwartz. (Some of which could actually happen!) All three books have been ...more
Guadalupe
This book was super scary. As a little kid I was so afraid of it but that same fear gave me more guts to read it even more. I really do recommend this book is a thrill. I remember that all the stories were just scarier the more you read through the book. Best childhood memory!
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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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