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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 25th Anniversary Edition by Alvin Schwartz
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Apr 02, 08

Recommended for: big babies
Read in April, 2008

This book isn't scary. You'd have to be a big baby to think it was scary. It's just a bunch of ancient campfire stories. Like the one about the disturbing phone calls, and then finally a friend makes one last call to warn-- "HE'S CALLING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!" Or the one with the guy with the hook arm, who tries to attack teenagers making out.

I got this book because I had a childhood interest in folklore, and vaguely remember this guy Alvin Schwartz as a good collector of stories. Maybe I was thinking of some other book. I guess I might have been a big baby, back in those days.

Scary Stories has five sections. To quote:

1. "AAAAAAAAAAAH!"
2. HE HEARD FOOTSTEPS COMING UP THE CELLAR STAIRS...
3. THEY EAT YOUR EYES, THEY EAT YOUR NOSE
4. OTHER DANGERS
5. "AAAAAAAAAAAH!"

To properly scare me the sections should have been:

1. THE ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGE UNDER THE BED
2. "OW, MY BACK!"
3. HIGH CHOLESTEROL IN THE ATTIC
4. MYSTERIOUS HAIRS
5. THE LAUNDRY MACHINE WHOSE 'DELICATE' SETTING WAS NOT
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Jennifer Svogar Childhood interest. It's sad that that interest didn't carry over into adulthood. When you were a child, these stories were probably quite terrifying. I know they were to me. It's why I bought a copy for my children to read when they go through the "scary book" phase.

Sounds to me like you are just a bit upset that you lost the magic of your own youth, and are blaming it on the book. The book hasn't changed, sir. You have.


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