All tagged Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

An Education in Horror

Every horror fan has an origin story, that moment when they realize they’ve found something truly special. Mine began with Aliens, and I’ve continued my horror education throughout my life. Here are the five films that have most affected me.

Stephen Gammell's Nightmare Factory

In October of 1981, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was released on an unsuspecting adolescent public. Much praise has been heaped on Schwartz, and rightly so. In assembling the collection, he pulled no punches, pushing the boundaries of what was possible in a children’s book. But, Schwartz doesn’t deserve all the credit. Without a doubt, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has transcended all other comers to become the pinnacle of children’s horror because of the surreal, macabre pen and ink drawings of Stephen Gammell.

Exploring the Darkness

Many books have been filled with scary stories that did not go on to achieve the cult-like status of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. To understand the fascination with, and distrust of, the book, it is helpful to examine the era that created it.