Posted by Liz | Labels: 90s, Alvin Schwartz, Books, death, Horror, Kids, Scary Stories, To Tell In the Dark
"Are You Brave Enough for Scary Stories?"
Thus was the catch phrase for some of the most awesomest horror books for kids!
"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark " is an illustrated children's horror book by Alvin Schwartz. This book was really popular with kids, especially because of how gruesome the illustrations were. So gruesome, in fact, he had to make a "Reading Rainbow" version that could be shown on the show. Of course, the illustrations had to be severely dull so as to not scare little kids to death.
Most of the stories aren't really scary, when you get older. But, their themes are still quite gruesome to the point you'd find it odd they were kid's stories.
Now, when I was a kid, unless it was sex, I was allowed to watch, read, and listen to whatever I'd like. I, myself, LOVED this book series.
A lot of people feel, now-a-days, that these stories and images are "too creepy" for kids. But, growing up in the 90s, it seemed as if parents and adults didn't mind them, too much. Heck! Us 90s kids loved reading them in the dark! I remember making tents with my sisters and reading these stories together.
How can you read a sentence such as this "Did You Ever Think As A Hearse Goes By That You May Be The Next To Die?" and not feel a shiver down your back looking at an image of this?
There were many eerie, odd, and funny stories throughout the first book. It became so popular, he ended up making two others: "More Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark" and "Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones". These were just as good!
I think one of my most favorite stories would have to be "The Hearse Song" from the first book, which seems to be the most popular entry from the book. Basically, the song comes with a small set of music notes and the lyrics to the song:
Did you ever think as the hearse goes by
That you may be the next to die?
They wrap you up in a big white sheet.
From your head down to your feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you up with dirt and rocks.
All goes well for about a week,
Then your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out-
The worms play pinochle on your snout.
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes
Crawls in your stomach and out your eyes.
Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And pus pours out like whipping cream.
You spread it on a slice of bread,
And that’s what you eat when you are dead.
Now, some may think that a little morbid. But, I loved it as a kid! While I may be "grown up" and these stories may not be as scary as they were when I was kid, I will always love reading them. They did give me quite a few scares as a kid- scares I'll remember forever!
Did you ever read "Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark?" Did you read the other books in the series? If so, what was most memorable to you?!
(To hear audio versions of these stories, check out my playlist: