Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark 3 Set by Alvin Schwartz
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Publication Date: 1981
- The Scary Stories Set includes these 3 books: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. All three books are written by Alvin Schwartz with drawings by the original illustrator, Stephen Gammell. Books are Made In China.
- 1. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: This spooky book is first in the series of Shwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. Besides sending a chill up the reader's spine, the book provides careful documentation, lists of sources, and useful bibliographies for the retold stories.
- 2. More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: A collection most alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time, with spine-tingling illustrations by renowned artist Stephen Gammell.
- 3. More Tales to Chill Your Bones: Be careful!!, this book may be the most frightening yet. It's another group of short tales reworked from regional ghost stories and urban legends..
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Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark opens with a legend similar to my scar-inducing "Tailypo," "The Big Toe." Less sinister than severing a woodland creature's tail, in Schwartz's version, a little boy innocently uncovers a large toe sticking up in the garden. Not exploring further, he wrenches it from the ground (or a corpse) and gives it to his mother to cook, as one does. After dinner and settling into bed for sleep and digesting, a voice stalks the house, calling out for its missing toe. Whether zombie or ghost we can't be sure, as some versions end with the storyteller pouncing on a listener, and others with a figure in the chimney who returns the favor of having its toe consumed by eating the little boy. This is the perfect opening for a book set to scar children for life, because what is scarier than the idea of being devoured? Children know they won't stay children forever, that the ever-looming threat of adulthood stands in the shadows, ready to devour playtime and naps. To a child, play is synonymous with the self, and therefore maturity threatens to consume that self. Don't even have a taste of that toe, kids - once adulthood knows you're there, it will come knocking, forks drawn. As a child, I feared being devoured literally thanks to Tailypo and the grandma-eating Big Bad Wolf. As I got older this fear evolved into a biologically absurd terror at sharks that (I believed) swam in the freshwater lakes where my family would water-ski. In high school, my Asian Studies teacher gave a lecture on the film Jaws and the great white as metaphor for our own terror at things deep (and buried - like a corpse!) in our psyche rising up from the darkness to consume us, transforming us into the monsters we know we're capable of being, (the fact that the shark was a great white shark devouring victims is a post for another day). At 17, this lecture blew my mind and resparked my interest in horror,
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