Friday, March 27, 2009

Freaky Friday :|: 4

Title: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Author: Alvin Schwartz
Published: July 1986
Pages: 128
Publisher: HarperCollins
A wonderful collection of tales about eerie horror and dark revenge designed to captivate and enthrall readers for hours. There is a story here for every reader - tales of lovers who come back from the dead, skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth, and people who stand on graves to be grabbed by death. (from The Flesh Farm)
Non-Editorial Review:

Come on people... there is no way you could convince me that this collection of books didn't scare the living shit out of you as a child. Pondering the days of my own self-shitting I wonder if the publishers had any idea of the impact these books would have on kids. To this day they are still printed in mass quantity and sell like hot cakes around the globe.

Many would agree that this book in particular started their fascination and addiction to the horror genre. If you look at these short stories more closely, you see they are basically mini-scripts and with the imagery of Stephen Gammell they send the stories to a frightfully personal level. Considering most of these stories have been passed down for centuries, I don't believe there would have been any other pair of men who could have collected and twisted these stories into this excellent compilation.

Some highlights include a young man withering away after peering into a mysterious man's face, a preacher who dares to spend a night in a local haunted house only to be awakened by a mysterious woman, and a woman carrying her own severed head in a wicker basket for safe keeping.

A must-have for horror fans, regardless of age! (from The Flesh Farm)

Ok, yeah. There was a major poop factor with these stories. Major. I mean, just look at the drawing on the cover. If that doesn't have your mind going bat shit in the dark, I don't know what will. These stories scared the piss out of me and you know what? If I read them again, I'm sure the pee would be right there again. The pictures are freaky as hell. Some of them I couldn't even look at, they just creeped me out so much.

And holy crap. I didn't know these books were as old as I am! Well, a year younger but still. Maybe I did know that. I can't remember. I don't think I did. Anyway, if you need a good enema, be sure to pick up this book. And a clean pair of pants. And maybe some wet wipes for cleanliness' sake.


cupcakewitch said...

I loooved Scary Stories as a child! Did you ever hear the audio version? Ahhh!
"The Big Toe" never sounded so scary!

Donna said...

I didn't know there was an audio version! That's a surefire way to wet yourself right there!

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