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.
View all 15 comments. Oct 14, Mischenko rated it it was amazing. This is a great collection of short scary stories for kids to enjoy. 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 even more eeriness! I really enjoyed reading the references in the back of the book which explain the tales and where they originated. Feb 12, J. Kent Messum rated it it was amazing Shelves: chilling , one-of-the-greats , classic , dark , masterpiece , great-read , must-read , hard-hitting.
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 much more monstrous.
Thinking back to my chil Confession time: I was a scared kid growing up. 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.
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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. 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. 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. View all 20 comments. Feb 26, unknown rated it really liked it Shelves: grade-school-books , ya , short-stories , day-book-challenge , behind-you-a-ghost.
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 thinking? The stories are accompanied by delightfully disturbing illustrations provided by Stephen Gammell.
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Anytime I post these books on instagram, people lose their shit. It seems that everyone overseas and by overseas I mean America or Canada can attribute all "In the dark and the gloom, it is easy for someone listening to imagine all sorts of strange and scary things. It seems that everyone overseas and by overseas I mean America or Canada can attribute all their childhood nightmares to the stories and illustrations found within these collections.
A lot of people also say that these books were almost like their gateway into horror. But they're quite tough to find over here! Luckily, I won a giveaway hosted by one of my BG buddies, Sadie, and now I have 3 of these in my collection. So, this was my first encounter with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I tried to remind myself that these stories are written for children, I'm not necessarily the target audience.
A lot of the stories were fun, and I can definitely see how those illustrations would be nightmare fuel for a younger group, but I was never actually scared or creeped out at any point. I mean, if I was, I guess I would be slightly worried But I still enjoyed the experience! And the illustrations. And all I could think was that I can't wait to share these with my future children. This will be their gateway into all things horror.
This will be their stepping stone to Stephen King of course they won't be allowed to touch my collection, they can buy their own copies! One of the highlights for me was getting to read some of my fave urban legends, like the The Hook, High Beams and The Babysitter.
Now THOSE stories do have the potential to freak me out, because they're things that could very much happen to any one of us! And that aspect of horror hits a little close to home for me. I also remember hearing one of the stories on Last Podcast on the Left - Me Tie Dough-ty - that story where a human head falls down the chimney each night.
So it was fun to revisit that one too! Overall, it was fun to read these and the illustrations in particular were the best part! I just wish I had at least grown up with them so that I could feel the same nostalgia towards them that nearly everyone else seems to!
But never fear, the next generation in my family will I'd give this 3 and a half stars out of 5! View 2 comments. 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.
View 1 comment. Jan 02, Candace Robinson rated it it was amazing. Ah yes, the one book back in third grade that kept me entertained! View all 6 comments. Shelves: fairy-tales-folktales , alvin-schwartz , native-american , children-s-book , creepy-ending , banned-books , my-blog-reviews. I have always loved reading banned books because even though I am usually curious about the reasons why they were banned in the first place, it just makes me really want to read the books even more! Basically, this book has a collection of scary stories that you can tell in the dark and they include: The Big Toe: In this tale, a young boy finds a large toe in the ground and digs it up and he and his family decided to eat the toe.
But, the young boy will soon realize that you should never pull anything out of the ground as something scary starts happening during the night! Cold as Clay: A farmer has a daughter who fell in love with a man named Jim, but the farmer did not like having Jim be around his daughter. So, the farmer decided to send his daughter to live with her uncle to keep her and Jim apart. Unfortunately, Jim dies of being heartbroken and the farmer feels guilty about it. One man named Bill Williams ends up killing the wolves, but he will soon realize the folly of his wolf killing ways.
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After so many years of reading books that have collections of horror stories that will chill you to the bone and I have read plenty of books like that , this was one of the few horror books that actually chilled me to the bone! Alvin Schwartz has done an excellent job at retelling these ancient horror folktales and each story was scary and intense at the same time as the characters involved in each story are either murdered or tortured to death by the dead.
After looking over the banned books list, I have often seen this book on the list a couple of times and I wondered to myself about why this book was banned in some states? Well, even though this book is basically retelling scary stories, this book is surprisingly too dark and violent for small children.
There were many stories in this book where characters were killed and dead beings haunt the characters and to add to that, the illustrations are often frightening as there are images of dead beings being covered in blood and having sunken eyes. Parents might want to read this book first before they read it to their children in order to prevent children from having nightmares if they cannot handle the morbid content of this book.
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I would strongly recommend this book for children ages eight and up since the morbid content is extremely scary for smaller children. Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog View all 9 comments. Mar 13, Emm - One Thousand Years of Books rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: casual cannibals, wandering witches and ghoulish gravekeepers. Shelves: childrens , young-adult , short-stories , horror , paranormal-supernatural , reviewed , favorites , magic-realism-surrealism.
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