Alvin Schwartz


Born
in Princeton, New Jersey, The United States
April 25, 1927

Died
March 14, 1992

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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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4.12 avg rating — 15,178 ratings — published 1984 — 35 editions
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More Tales to Chill Your Bo...

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4.18 avg rating — 13,855 ratings — published 1991 — 34 editions
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Scary Stories Treasury

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4.33 avg rating — 8,105 ratings — published 1981 — 38 editions
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In a Dark, Dark Room and Ot...

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4.28 avg rating — 3,957 ratings — published 1984 — 8 editions
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Ghosts! Ghostly Tales from ...

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3.80 avg rating — 287 ratings — published 1991 — 9 editions
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There Is a Carrot in My Ear...

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3.81 avg rating — 162 ratings — published 1982 — 11 editions
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Cross Your Fingers, Spit in...

3.98 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 1974 — 6 editions
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Whoppers: Tall Tales and Ot...

3.63 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 1975 — 5 editions
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And the Green Grass Grew Al...

3.68 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1992 — 5 editions
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“The Hearse Song

Don't you ever laugh as the hearse goes by,
For you may be the next to die.
They wrap you up in a big white sheet
From your head down to your feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you up with dirt and rocks.
All goes well for about a week,
Then your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle on your snout.
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes
Crawls in your stomach and out your eyes.
Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And pus pours out like whipping cream.
You spread it on a slice of bread,
And that's what you eat when you're dead.”
Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

“Telling scary stories is something people have done for thousands of years, for most of us like being scared in that way. Since there isn't any danger, we think it is fun.”
Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

“Most scary stories are, of course, meant to be told. They are more scary that way. But how you tell them is important.”
Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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