The Legacy of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Books

Horror is a deep-seated fandom often tracing back to childhood, a collection of formative years where our young minds are sponges, thirsting for our next greatest influence or obsession. When I was a kid, my mom nurtured my love of reading, often letting me gallivant around Waldenbooks in search of the latest Fear Street or Goosebumps release. But even before my mallrat days, I was hyped at the school book fair when I got my grubby little paws on the ultimate game changer, my gatekeeper to this world I still love: author Alvin Schwartz and artist Stephen Gammell’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Originally published in 1981, the book spawned two additional volumes: 1984’s More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and 1991’s Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. Each book was an unsettling collection of children’s tales culled from old folklore and renowned urban legends.
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