Prime Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkAuthor Alvin Schwartz – Bilb-weil.de

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 frightThere 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 chimneyStephen Gammell s splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of than two dozen scary stories and even scary songs all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the darkIf You Dare


10 thoughts on “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

  1. Trudi Trudi says:

    I m not giving any stars here, only a warning beware which edition of this collection you choose, for if you choose unwisely, you will be sorely ripped off inways than one I chose unwisely My edition is the 2010 updated version published by Harper Collins with new illustrations by Brett Helquist To say that it s been sanitized for safe consumption is an understatement The reason the original 1981 edition became an instant classic and a frequently challenged book in schools and libra I m not giving any stars here, only a warning beware which edition of this collection you choose, for if you choose unwisely, you will be sorely ripped off inways than one I chose unwisely My edition is the 2010 updated version published by Harper Collins with new illustrations by Brett Helquist To say that it s been sanitized for safe consumption is an understatement The reason the original 1981 edition became an instant classic and a frequently challenged book in schools and libraries was for Stephen Gammell s ghoulish and nightmarish artwork I cry foul and bullshit You don t mess with perfection and genius Without Gammell s drawings, this collection loses its bloody, beating heart and is barely worth the paper it s printed on Who thought this was a good idea I m incensed, especially for all the kids who might pick up this book expecting to have the bejeebers scared out of them and wind up merely bored or slightly amused Unforgivable I was going to rant here about our ill conceived, often hypocritical efforts to protect our children and censor their reading materials, but I ll save that for another day Perhaps for when I write a real review for the real version of this book, the only one that counts, the only one that should be bought and gifted to any young person seeking his or her gateway drug into the realm of the macabre This review has also been posted to Busty Book Bimbo


  2. Federico DN Federico DN says:

    Sometimes you are about to watch a movie when you suddenly realize it is based on a book Sometimes you choose to care A collection of short horror stories to scare you senseless, and some to make you laugh Each story two pages at most and some eerie pictures accompanying each one The book started nicely The big toe and The walk , the first two, were very simple and highly enjoyable, two stories to make you jump scare Cold as clay and The girl who stood on a grave were also good.Unf Sometimes you are about to watch a movie when you suddenly realize it is based on a book Sometimes you choose to care A collection of short horror stories to scare you senseless, and some to make you laugh Each story two pages at most and some eerie pictures accompanying each one The book started nicely The big toe and The walk , the first two, were very simple and highly enjoyable, two stories to make you jump scare Cold as clay and The girl who stood on a grave were also good.Unfortunately the rest of the stories, which were plenty, were unremarkable or plainly forgettable, and a few of them simply a complete waste of time I think this book can be awesome if you are a kid, but sadly I think I have outgrown child horror stories The movie 2019 was average, or a bit below average 5.5 10 The big toe was there, and severalincluded or mentioned, but I was surprised by the amount of stuff I did not recognize Maybe I should have read the whole series before watching the movie Still, it was an ok adaptation, at best.Until next time, A veces est s a punto de ver una pelicula cuando de repente te das cuenta de que est basado en un libro A veces decid s que te importa.Una colecci n de cuentos cortos de horror para asustarte hasta perder el sentido, y algunas para hacerte reir Cada historia dos p ginas cuando mucho y algunas fotos acompa ando cada historia.El libro empez bien The big toe y The walk , los primeros dos, fueron muy simples pero altamente disfrutables, dos historias para hacerte saltar de miedo Cold as clay y The girl who stood on a grave tambi n estuvieron bien.Desgraciadamente el resto de las historias, que fueron varias, no son destacables o directamente olvidables, y algunas de ellas simplemente una p rdida de tiempo Creo que este libro podr a ser genial si sos un ni o, pero lamentablemente creo que ya super las historias de horror para chicos La pel cula 2019 es algo promedio, o un poco menos que promedio 5.5 10 The big toe estuvo ah , y algunas m s inclu das o mencionadas, pero me sorprendi la cantidad de cosas que no reconoc Tal vez deber a haber le do toda la serie antes de ver la pel cula A n as , estuvo ok como adaptaci n, cuando mucho.Hasta la pr xima,


  3. Justin Tate Justin Tate says:

    In anticipation of the new movie, I dusted this off and made the foolish decision of reading in an empty house, well past the twilight hour About halfway I got too creeped out to continue Had to finish the rest this morning.These stories are SCARY Something about the nonchalant way horror happens makes it evenreal In this world, there s nothing unusual about ghosts and murderers and zombies Why should there be They are so common There could be a murderer in your attic right now And In anticipation of the new movie, I dusted this off and made the foolish decision of reading in an empty house, well past the twilight hour About halfway I got too creeped out to continue Had to finish the rest this morning.These stories are SCARY Something about the nonchalant way horror happens makes it evenreal In this world, there s nothing unusual about ghosts and murderers and zombies Why should there be They are so common There could be a murderer in your attic right now And wait what s that noise I did not obsess over these books as a kid like I did other teen horror series but I was surprised by how much I still remembered Reading as an adult I can appreciatewhat Schwartz achieved The extensive research into folklore is done remarkably well The guy knows his stuff, and it shows with the lengthy list of references and interviews he did during research Another key part of the success, I believe, are the stories that reveal how to scare an audience Starting the collection this way empowers the reader before they wade into thebone chilling tales.Obviously, it would be impossible to comment on this without discussing the artwork I m glad the illustrator s name is as large as the author s because Gammell s contribution is just as significant My biggest hope for the movie is that they are able to immerse us in a world that somehow resembles these drawings There s been nothing like them before or since the Scary Stories series ended, and they remain the most iconic piece of the collection.All in all, a fantastic book that holds up well Glad I never gave away my copy


  4. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    Warning SCARY PICTURES Do not click on this review if you don t want to be plagued by nightmares I don t care how old you are Fear transcends all age barriers.I m a supporter of childhood literacy, but I beg you Please, for the love of all that is holy, do not make the mistake of giving this book to your children They will never forgive you Think of all the therapy costs.When I was a little girl, I was terrified of the dark I couldn t sleep without my rituals All blankets had to be tuck Warning SCARY PICTURES Do not click on this review if you don t want to be plagued by nightmares I don t care how old you are Fear transcends all age barriers.I m a supporter of childhood literacy, but I beg you Please, for the love of all that is holy, do not make the mistake of giving this book to your children They will never forgive you Think of all the therapy costs.When I was a little girl, I was terrified of the dark I couldn t sleep without my rituals All blankets had to be tucked in completely around me All closet doors must be closed Before bed, the room must be checked to for all odd looking shadows that might morph into something terrifying when I open my eyes in the middle of the night.Above all, all toes must be secured, or else something will munch on them.It didn t help me when I was 12.I read 5 pages of this book, and I couldn t go on I don t know if you ve seen the drawings, but this book is absolutely fucking terrifying If you have children, please, please do not give this book to your child It will scar them for life.It took me years to summon the courage to open this book again I was 16 I had just watched It I couldn t sleep for 2 weeks afterwards for longer than 30 minute increments I could barely stay awake in class It was horrible Surely, after surviving the horrors of Pennywise the Clown, I couldpossibly maybe take on this book again I was wrong.I got to THE THING before shoving it into the back of the closet IF I CAN T SEE IT, THE MONSTERS DON T EXIST and ran to the living room.Monsters won t eat you when you re with your parents.The artist for this book is Stephen Gammell Thank you, Mr Gammell I hope you sleep well, you diabolical crafter of nightmares Who knows how many children and adults you have scared Who knows how many hours of terror and sleepless nights this book has wrought Stephen King has nothing on you.I m a grown ass woman, and tonight, I m still going to sleep with one eye open


  5. JV (semi-hiatus) JV (semi-hiatus) says:

    Perhaps read and highly rated for its nostalgic appeal, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a collection of American urban legends that feel lacklustre in its writing and storytelling Although quite unnerving not thoroughly petrifying, these stories somehow left me feeling cold whilst speedreading this in the dead of night The only notable story that I find disquieting and chilling was May I Carry Your Basket The caveat Well, you wouldn t want to reach for this book if you d like to slee Perhaps read and highly rated for its nostalgic appeal, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a collection of American urban legends that feel lacklustre in its writing and storytelling Although quite unnerving not thoroughly petrifying, these stories somehow left me feeling cold whilst speedreading this in the dead of night The only notable story that I find disquieting and chilling was May I Carry Your Basket The caveat Well, you wouldn t want to reach for this book if you d like to sleep like a log unless you have the necessary means to pluck up the courage to face the demons and spectres and weirdos lurking and waiting in the dark However, you can go right ahead if your imagination is seeminglywicked and vile that apparitions of such horrible monstrosity would be scared silly to death


  6. Laurel Laurel says:

    The illustrations were the really scary part of these books I remember being afraid to turn the page and look at the next one when I was a kid, peeling the next page over gradually like a Band Aid One pictured effed me up so badly I had to tape a piece of construction paper over it so I could flip through the book without having a heart attack.


  7. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    This book is featured on Halloween Reads for Children is a great collection of short scary stories for kids to enjoy It s a book that I enjoyed as a child and can now share with my own kids Some of the stories are pretty scary and best for older readers, but a few of them can be read to younger readers as well There are plenty of traditional ghost stories, retellings and folklore to enjoy The black and white illustrations add eveneeriness This book is featured on Halloween Reads for Children is a great collection of short scary stories for kids to enjoy It s a book that I enjoyed as a child and can now share with my own kids Some of the stories are pretty scary and best for older readers, but a few of them can be read to younger readers as well There are plenty of traditional ghost stories, retellings and folklore to enjoy The black and white illustrations add eveneeriness A few of our favorites include The White Wolf, The Guests, The Wendigo, The Girl Who Stood on a Grave, and The Attic.I really enjoyed reading the references in the back of the book which explain the tales and where they originated.5


  8. J. Kent Messum J. Kent Messum says:

    Confession time I was a scared kid growing up And I mean fucking terrified My imagination was fertile, and it tended to grow dark twisted things with thorns that were poisonous to my thoughts, vines of blackened fish hooks that would creep over me like ivy and ensnare my mind, body, and soul My early encounters with anything of the horror variety would take on a life of it s own, finding a nest in my kid brain where it could grow into something muchmonstrous Thinking back to my chil Confession time I was a scared kid growing up And I mean fucking terrified My imagination was fertile, and it tended to grow dark twisted things with thorns that were poisonous to my thoughts, vines of blackened fish hooks that would creep over me like ivy and ensnare my mind, body, and soul My early encounters with anything of the horror variety would take on a life of it s own, finding a nest in my kid brain where it could grow into something muchmonstrous Thinking back to my childhood, there were several experiences that left a deep and dark impression on me For instance, I watched Jaws at far too young an age and my parents had to cancel my swimming lessons because I refused to get into the pool after that I accidentally switched channels on the TV one night and came across the famous eye gouging scene from Blade Runner Didn t sleep for days as a result, wouldn t let anyone even my trusted family touch my face for a month I recall Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark as the first book to ever visit this type of sheer dread on my little being It had such a notable effect, giving me nightmares for weeks It turned out that horror movies were pale in comparison to the terror my own mind could conjure up after listening to creepy stories matched with with hideous artwork Alvin Schwartz undoubtedly helped set me on the path I m on now as an author of thriller horror fiction My grade two teacher read it to us in class, showing us the illustrations in between stories the unbelievably arresting art of Stephen Gammell Never in my young life had I been read anything like it At home my parents read Roald Dahl to me, far different I must say But during story time at school I could feel fear eating at me, the discomfort welling up from my gut to my heart as I tried to digest horrors I d never been presented before This was the first time I d ever experienced a book that made me sweat and squirm and hold my breath.I m sure the publishers didn t know the kind of effect this book would have on impressionable children when they brought it out But let me assure you, it had the power to shape the future of some And I owe a debt of gratitude to such a fine work that didn t hold back, despite the young audience it was created for This was one of the 10 Books That Stuck With Me piece I wrote Check out which others made the list


  9. unknown unknown says:

    As scary stories go, they are only slightly Sometimes they are funny, or just weird, or sad Except the one about Harold the Scarecrow God, that one is terrifying Oh and the spiders hatching from your face.But the illustrations The illustrations in this book are good old fashioned nightmare fuel I really don t know what they were thinking.I mean, what were they thinkingFacebook 30 Day Book Challenge Day 8 Book that scares you. As scary stories go, they are only slightly Sometimes they are funny, or just weird, or sad Except the one about Harold the Scarecrow God, that one is terrifying Oh and the spiders hatching from your face.But the illustrations The illustrations in this book are good old fashioned nightmare fuel I really don t know what they were thinking.I mean, what were they thinkingFacebook 30 Day Book Challenge Day 8 Book that scares you.


  10. Amalia Gavea Amalia Gavea says:

    This is a wonderful little collection of stories that are chilling and, at times, rather funny A blend of urban legends and folk tales of ghosts and other creatures of the night and a series of sketches that are as scary as the stories they accompany create a result that is perfect for Halloween, for a cold winter s night or a stormy summer evening.