Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin SchwartzThis spooky addition to Alvin Schwartzs 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 Gammells 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.
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Most of us are familiar with the tradition of scary stories. Usually while gathered around a campfire, people will swap spooky tales about things that go bump in the night. These fanciful stories were just enough to scare you, without totally pushing you over the edge But what happens when scary stuff starts happening IRL? I'm usually on my phone, but I got this weird chill and looked up to see a middle-aged man walking down the sidewalk across the complex. It struck me that he did not belong here, and I realized he wasn't one of the residents.
If we repeat them often enough, they become real. They have that power. In the movie, that power is magical, sinister, and channeled through a physical book. Stories appear on the pages written in blood, naturally and then play out in the real world. This is a useful conceit, given that the source material is a compilation of very short, unrelated folktales. So I, a fraidy-cat at my core but ever susceptible to peer pressure, put my name on the waiting list at the school library and ended up white-knuckling my way through three paperbacks that were as scary as advertised. Collected and rewritten for kids by the folklorist Alvin Schwartz, the Scary Stories volumes were the most frequently challenged books of the s , according to the American Library Association.
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But how good were those original stories, really? Still, there were plenty of duds. Still, there were plenty of undying themes of abuse and self-hatred that sent chills up our spines, along with some old-fashioned scares. Something like 85 percent of our foot control comes from the big toe, so I call bullshit on that corpse finding the boy post-dinner, pre—physical therapy. The eyeballs are grapes, which checks out. The ears are dried apricots, which is ingenious. And so it goes, each body part corresponding to another delectable — that is, until we get to the hands.
Well, if you have a fascination with the supernatural, all things mysterious, and have a super-cute night-light you'd like to get some more use out of, welcome to the team of Halloween and ghost story enthusiasts. It's good to have you. By now, you've probably already started planning your costumes for the best night of the year, so let's skip straight to the spooky highlight you came for: The scariest ghost stories ever. Ghost stories are the best subgenre of horror because they meet at the intersection of entertainment, belief, and fear of the unknown, and the ones you're about to read definitely do it justice. Read the true ghost stories below, and be prepared for chills.
Fair warning: Reading this in the dark or by yourself will likely send a chill down your spine. These are 15 of the scariest real-life haunted house stories from the creepiest places around country —and, if you're questioning, you can actually book a stay at most of these places and see for yourself. Their four children — and two friends, who were spending the night — were also killed, and to this day, the crime remains a mystery. Their home is considered one of the most haunted houses in the country, and guests are drawn to it. And, in , a paranormal investigator stabbed himself after spending the night. The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri, is known to be one of the most haunted places in America, due a tragic history that continues to haunt people today.