Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a series of three children’s books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Schwartz drew heavily from scary stories to tell in the dark 3 pdf and urban legends as the topic of his stories, researching extensively and spending more than a year on writing each book. The first volume was published in 1981, and the books have subsequently been collected in both a box set and a single volume.
There is also an audiobook version of each book, read by George S. The audiobooks are presented in unabridged format with the exception of a handful of missing stories from the first book. 2009 by the American Library Association for its violence. The surreal, nightmarish illustrations contained within are also a frequently challenged component of the original books.
To celebrate the books’ 30th anniversary in 2011, Harper Collins re-released the books with new illustrations from Brett Helquist, the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events. This has come under severe criticism from fans of Gammell’s illustrations, citing that they are not as effective or as scary as the originals. The first book contains 29 stories, including “The Big Toe”, “The Thing”, “The Haunted House”, “The Hearse Song”, “The Dead Man’s Brains”, “The Hook”, “High Beams”, “The Babysitter”, “The Viper”, and “The Ghost with the Bloody Fingers”. The second book contains 28 stories, including “Something was Wrong”, “One Sunday Morning”, “The Little Black Dog”, “The Bride”, “The Drum”, “Oh, Susannah!
The Bed by the Window”, “The Church”, “Cemetery Soup”, and “Thumpity-Thump”. The third and final book contains 25 stories, including “The Appointment”, “Harold”, “The Dead Hand”, “The Dream”, “Sam’s New Pet”, “The Red Spot”, “No, Thanks”, “Is Something Wrong? A compilation of all three books. A box set of all three books with the original illustrations from Stephen Gammell.