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Scary Stories Boxed Set

(Scary Stories #1-3)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  6,098 ratings  ·  358 reviews
Ghost Stories, myths, chillers, urban legends, frightening folk lore
Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell
The Complete 3 book collection of the scariest stories you've ever heard
Just in time for Halloween or a sleep over
Great stories to tell in the dark
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 26th 1992 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1981)
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Emmy I'd say the age range is meant for 4th-5th graders, but they're pretty creepy, so I would keep that in mind before giving them to a child (of course,…moreI'd say the age range is meant for 4th-5th graders, but they're pretty creepy, so I would keep that in mind before giving them to a child (of course, that's the point, isn't it?)(less)
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✨The Reading
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Still awesome!
These books are filled with short stories written down by the great Alvin Schwartz. These stories are comprised of myths, folklore and urban legends from all over the world. But beware dear reader, these stories may be too scary for you! 😱
Wonderfully written sets of little tales of horror. These stories were a beloved part of my childhood. I can still remember my friends and I staying up late at night sitting in a circle with a flashlight and these books and taking turns reading ou
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
Emm - One Thousand Years of Books
Just in time for Halloween! The Gammell-illustrated version I believe has enough surreal nightmare fuel to permanently shape someone's actual nightmares into that style for at least the next few decades of their life. Beautiful art but so uncanny and eldritch.
What's really neat about this series is how each book has sort of its own 'character', it even shows in the iconic illustrations as well.

The original book is a mix of quirky ghost stories and American folklore, which like most folklore has
Richard Cardenas
Usually I would've re-read this in October, but since the movie was coming out I had to crack this scary motherfucker open for the hundredth time. When I was a kid I had all three of these books and the illustrations used to scare the shit out of me. Only two of the stories REALLY scared me and those were "Harold" and "Red Spot" and those two stories are heavily featured in the movie. I can't wait to see the movie this Tuesday and film a Book VS Movie video on it, I think it's going to be a lot ...more
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
So pumped to see this movie! Review to come.
Andromeda M31
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Still just as good as my 90s memories. And just as nightmare inducing.
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
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
Legless Corpse
Not too long ago there was announcement that was made that stated Alvin Schwartz’s [god bless his soul] Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark would be making it’s debut on the big screen. Growing up, I am sure many of you may have seen these books in your local library or bookstore. One cannot simply forget the chain smoking pipe skull.

Sadly, I was told that these books were also removed from libraries because of the “offending” artwork that is portrayed by Mr. Stephen Gammell. However, that hardly
Justin Nelson
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In anticipation of the movie inspired by these classics opening, I decided to re-read them. It has been almost 20 years or more since I first read these classics! Would they hold up to a modern, adult reading? By far, yes! Schwartz does a great job of making classic legends and ghost stories timelessly available for young readers. How many young people did these stories terrify growing up?! And, the Gammell illustrations make the whole experience 100x creepier. (And del Toro appears to have capt ...more
3 stars, nostalgia 4 stars

Opted to reflect where it hit me now instead of nostalgia. It is very fun and engaging, and I honestly did not recall the detailed notes and bibliography (because I probably ignored them as a child). The illustrations continue to be my favorite part about this collection.
Hannah Wales
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These stories are so much fun. I read all of them when I was younger and revisited them since the movie is coming out. I loved getting a chance to go over them again. Such a great entry into horror.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All prepped for the movie today!
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 1: 4 stars
Book 2: 2 stars
Book 3: 3.5 stars

This was a nice trip down memory lane (I mean, as "nice" as scary stories go). I remember reading many of these stories when I was much younger, and coming back to read them all was such a treat. This illustrations are just as ghoulish, dark, sinister and macabre as I remember, and the stories equally so (although, of course, some are better than others).

I should mention that I wasn't at all frightened by any of these, seeing as how they were market
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The stories are alright, but let's not kid ourselves: the only reason we checked this book out when we were in elementary school was for the sick illustrations. Man, are they fantastic.
Like every other American kid in the 80s and 90s, I grew up on these books. They hold a special place in my heart and always will. I was mortified when the publishers re-released them with different illustrations back in 2011, because it was Stephen Gammell's haunting illustrations that really made these books, seating them so deeply into so many young minds in the 80s and 90s. So I quickly went out and scoured my local used shops for copies, and then I ran across this awesome collection of all ...more
Amanda Ramirez
It is crazy to think that this type of book was banned. I remember going to elementary school and my peers would fight for this type of book. I, personally did not read them because I feared about how "scary" they would. This is kind of funny because I was never one to get scared easily. Now, that I have read this book, I feel like it is not scary at all. Not because I am older and understand that the characters in the stories are not real, but because the stories are very short and blunt.
The c
I decided to pick this up after kat from paperbackdreams mentioned the series in her May wrap up. Also, a movie adaptation is coming up, so is there a better time to dive in?
These are kind of horror stories (though kids' horror stories you can say) that you can tell around a fire and even scary game suggestions to play with others. It seems that the author didn't come up with all of them himself, but even if he has I already recognised some of these! Because of this series I rediscovered a carto
Victor The Reader
I remember seeing kids check out these series back in school. Reading the 3-in-one treasury, it really does creep its readers out.

Vol.1 Favorites
- “Cold as Clay”, “A New Horse”, “The Dead Man’s Brain”, “The Slithery-Dee”, “Aaron Kelly’s Bones, “The Ghost with the Bloody Fingers”

Vol. 2
- “The Wreck”, “One Sunday Morning”, “The Little Black Dog”, “Clinkety-Clink”, “The Bride”, “Wonderful Sausage”, “The Cat’s Paw”, “The Dead Man’s Head”

Vol. 3
- “The Black Dog”, “Footsteps”, “Harold”, “Su
Peter Derk
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stories are so-so, but the illustrations are great as ever. I wrote a whole thing about the replacements:

There was a section in these books, an afterword that told the origin of some of the stories. I skipped that as a kid, but it was kind of interesting as an adult. The most interesting thing was the claim that Mark Twain sometimes read this story where a ghost constantly asks "Whooooo has my toe?" and walks around, and eventually the storyteller gra
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books scared me to death as a kid, but I loved going back and rereading these as an adult and reliving my childhood. I remember sitting outside under a blanket with my best friend and listening to her read these to me. I was so scared she constantly had to reassure me they weren't real and they were just scary stories. Or sitting in the library at school surrounded by classmates as we all read our favorite stories, telling ourselves again that this stuff couldnt happen in real life... or c ...more
It's hard to rate this as an adult reader. The stories are definitely written for children at an elementary school level. The simplicity in language and style is striking, and I definitely didn't have the same experience reading them that I did 25 years ago. On the other hand, the author's notes at the end of each book show that he was well-informed of his source material, and his simplified retelling of each story was intentional. So as an adult, I can dig that he's sharing these folk tradition ...more
Sab Cornelius
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because the movie for this series is coming out soon, I decided to re-visit the source of a few childhood traumas I experienced reading this as a kid lol

Honestly though, even when I first read the books in elementary/early middle school; it wasn’t really the stories that bothered me [except the ‘Red Spot’/spider-eggs-in-face story] - it’s the art by Stephen Gammel. That’s what ultimately stuck in my head after all this time, because even know some of the more macabre and surreal art provided for
Nicki Hinkle
I'm so stingy with my stars! LOL! If I had read this when I was the target demographic, it would have received 4 stars for sure.
I love scary stories and I was a camper so I love short little ones like this collection was made up of.
The books were juvenille and the stories were not fully formed, but that's the point, right? (That's what I kept telling adult "me" as I read these younger stories.
I can't wait to see the movie adaptation soon!
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars cause I'm an adult reading this for the first time. The stories are more funny than scary, some good thrillers but not gonna keep me up at night. The pictures are scarier than the stories.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some good stories, some OK stories, and some not-so-good stories in this anthology. I enjoyed the good ones, skimmed the OK ones, and skipped the others.
Drew Martin
Scary Stories Treasury is a hardback collector’s edition released in 2004. It’s a big volume holding all three Scary Stories books, also available in paperback, and I reviewed each in individual reviews. Alvin Schwartz collected and retold these tales of folklore, and Stephen Gammell adds illustrations that create an atmosphere and add depth to the reading experience. These books have become “banned” over the years, mainly at the public-school level. It was in elementary school when I first disc ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

Scary Stories (3 books)
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories, #1)
  • More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories, #2)
  • More Tales to Chill Your Bones (Scary Stories #3)