I absolutely love scary stories. I love that feeling when the hair on your neck stands up and you feel that small amount of unnatural anxiety. One of my favorite books just so happens to be filled with scary stories. When I was first learning about the horror genre, there was a book that was in my schools library filled with scary stories. This book was called Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz.
These books haunted my dreams for a long time after I read them. Inside the book, were nightmarish illustrations by Stephen Gammell. Stephen Gammell does the illustrations for all three books. Disgusting and contorted figures helped the me imagine the story clearly. The vivid imagery helped make these books become very sought after at my school. When I was finally able to get my hands on a copy, I couldn’t put it down. I used to dare myself to try and read as many stories as I could before getting too creeped out.
The stores that Schwartz put together are terrifying. One of my favorite stories is about a scarecrow named Harold. Harold was abused by his owners and he seeks his revenge. This story in particular gave me nightmares. I would also like to recommend reading The Thing and The Dead Man’s Brains.
I recently found a copy of the Scary Stories Treasury. This book is a collection of all three Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books. Alvin Schwartz took many real folk tales and added his own style to them. Schwartz was inspired by many different works ranging from William Shakespeare to Mary Shelley.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a great collection of short horror stories. They’ll infest your dreams and haunt you while you’re awake. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants a good scare. You might also want to leave the lights on.