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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (edition 2010)

by Alvin Schwartz, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)

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Title:Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Authors:Alvin Schwartz
Other authors:Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2010), Edition: Ill, Hardcover, 128 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:non-fiction, folk lore, scary, Halloween, campfires, pj, er

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

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"Growing up, my parents were always really liberal concerning watching horror movies, reading scary tales. Actually, I remember they would tell me horror stories themselves, before bad, if I asked them to. So I'm definitely not one that gets scared easily. To be honest, nowadays very few movies or books make me tingle with fear. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, surprisingly, did. I was not expecting to be frightened by such an old book aimed for children.

A huge part of such effect doesn't come from the stories themselves, to be honest, but from the pictures. Man, some of the stories were actually not scary at all, until I looked at the creepy picture at the corner of the page. Here are some examples:

Another cool feature of the book was the author ability to communicate with the audience and make the tales interactive. More often than not Schwartz would interfere and give some tips as to how the reader could scare his own audience - while reading the stories for friends, for example - with more effectiveness. For instance:
His door opened. Shaking with fear, he listened as the footsteps slowly moved through the dark toward his bed. Then they stopped.
""Where is my to-o-o-o-o-e""? the voice groaned.
(At this point, pause. Then jump at the person next to you and shout: ""YOU'VE GOT IT!""

Overall, it was a fun quick read. Nothing that special to deserve 4 or 5 stars, in my opinion, but scary enough for a cold winter night. Props to the illustrator for making the stories shine even more with his creepy pictures." ( )
  AdemilsonM | Sep 2, 2015 |
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The original editions of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series are a great gateway into horror for younger readers who can stomach Stephen Gammell's infamous illustrations. Even for older readers, they can be a source of terrific nostalgia (for those of us who read these books while growing up), a nice source of information on ghost stories and legends (the bibliography in back is a bit imperfect, but it's nonetheless informative), and a nice little read in its own right. No matter how old you are, you can appreciate Gammell's artwork as unique, darkly beautiful, legendary and terrifying. A great collection to have in any horror reader's library. ( )
  jcompton | Sep 3, 2014 |
Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark by Alvin Schwartz, Brett Helquist (Illustrator) Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 7/27/2010 Pages: 113 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a book composed of serveral spooky tales that will make your skin crawl. It is a fun book for kids who want to get their heart pumping, but not too scary to keep them awake at night. A fun book for campfires and late night tales.
  joey_spencer | May 13, 2014 |
Contents: Stories include: 1. The Big Toe, 2. The Walk, 3. "What Do You Come For?", 4. Me Tie Dough-ty Walker!, 5. A Man Who Lived in Leeds, 6. Old Woman All Skin and Bone, 7. The Thing, 8. Cold as Clay, 9. The White Wolf, 10. The Haunted House, 11. The Guests, 12. The Hearse Song, 13. The Girl Who Stood on a Grave, 14. A New Horse, 15. Alligators, 16. Room for One More, 17. The Wendigo, 18. The Dead Man's Brains, 19. "May I Carry Your Basket?", 20. The Hook, 21. The White Satin Evening Gown, 22. High Beams, 23. The Babysitter, 24. The Viper, 25. The Attic, 26. The Slithery-Dee, 27. Aaron Kelly's Bones, 28. Wait til Martin Comes, 29. The Ghost with the Bloody Fingers.
  lulaa | May 11, 2014 |
Telling these to students in a darkened library has them at the edge of their seats (and some curled up against the back walls) even in 2013, when it seems like even my elementary school students are watching The Walking Dead and World War Z. The illustrations by Stephen Gammell are every bit as good, adding a macabre element that will live kids' skin crawling. These are must-haves for every library, sure to fly off the shelves year round, but particularly at Halloween time. ( )
  Mad.River.Librarian | Apr 23, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064401707, Paperback)

This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.

There is a story here for everyone -- skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney.

Stephen Gammell's splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories -- and even scary songs -- all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.

If You Dare!

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Stories of ghosts and witches, "jump" stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary stories.

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