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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Collected from American Folklore


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ISBN13: 9780064401708
ISBN10: 0064401707
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This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.

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.

If You Dare!


Buckeye Children’ s Book Award (Ohio)

About the Author

Alvin Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. His collections of scary stories — Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark, Scary Stories 3,and two I Can Read Books, In a Dark, Dark Roomand Ghosts! -- are just one part of his matchless folklore collection.

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C Horne, April 16, 2009 (view all comments by C Horne)
If you are having a sleep over or planning a camping trip this book is a must. It is full of scary stories that I had never heard of before I read it. It is just the right amount of scare with the entertainment. It is a good book for kids ages 8-11; so no worries about nightmares. It is a good easy read and is a great addition to any sleep over or camping trip.
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Carol Klavon, July 23, 2008 (view all comments by Carol Klavon)
I first discovered this book in my Middle School library, and was immediately drawn to the gallows humor of both the stories and the illustrations. Many classic horror stories told around American campfires for generations can be found here, including the story about the girl bitten on the face by a spider, the female driver tormented by a trucker's high beams on a dark country road, and who could forget the famous knife-stuck-in-the-grave dare that just about every child living near a cemetery was forced to endure?

The illustrations give it an almost amusing air, with just the right touch of terror, without freaking the kids too much. I have not read this book in years, and I still remember it as if I found it only yesterday. Love it!
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chinatree9, October 8, 2007 (view all comments by chinatree9)
This is a great book for children ages 9 to 12. It's spooky, but won't give them nightmares. All of the stories are very creative, original, and creepy. This was one of my favorite scary books as a child.
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Product Details

Schwartz, Alvin
Gammell, Stephen
Gammell, Stephen
by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell
New York, N.Y. :
Children's fiction
Short stories
Children's stories
Horror & Ghost Stories
Horror stories
Ghost stories
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Horror
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Collections by Author
Ghost stories, American
Folklore -- United States.
Edition Description:
1st Harper trophy ed., 1986
Scary Stories
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
July 1986
Grade Level:
from 4
9.04x6.08x.34 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:

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