Book Review, Horror, Uncategorized

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (Review)



“There is a story here for everyone — skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney.

Stephen Gammell’s splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories — and even scary songs — all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.”


This book series is a one stop shop for all of your scary story needs. If you are organising a sleepover, entertaining kids this Halloween or just want some bite sized spooky stories to enjoy, you need to get a copy of this book series.

I know this book series isn’t new. It has been a children’s horror staple since the 90s but it still holds up and can definitely be enjoyed by adults. Actually if you are an adult now there is a chance that you heard some stories from this book while in the playground. It features a lot of urban legends that gave many 90s kids nightmares. I know that isn’t advertising it as a kids’ book series, but it really is. Children love being scared; it is part of growing up. You probably remember a time when you were little and you heard an urban legend that was passed off as truth, something that happened to “Sarah in class 1A’s cousin”, “Jim down the street” or “the previous owner of this house”. It kept you awake at night but you still loved it and ended up a little addicted to the story. It stuck with you.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an amazing book series that filled me with so much nostalgia for that time in my life when my biggest worry was the hook handed killer from The Hook urban legend that prowls graveyards. No matter how old you are you need this book this autumn.

Also I highly recommend the audiobook. The narrator had so much energy I ended up wondering how he wasn’t exhausted. I will warn you though, he screams during the rare jump scare so you might not want to listen to it at a high volume.


5 star

5 out of 5 Skulls


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