This week’s Throwback is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. These twisted and creepy tales were a huge part of my childhood. My best friend and I loved to sit around and read them to each other during a sleepover and be scared out of our minds. After reading them we jumped at every creak and groan that a settling house makes during the night. These “Scary Stories” and their even creepier illustrations were fun, they were scary, and that is why I was so happy to find these books prominently displayed in my local independent bookstore the other day.
While the Scary Stories books have met some criticism and have been challenged or even banned in some instances, they contain wonderfully gruesome urban legends and folklore that will scare children silly. And what kid doesn’t love that? I did (even if they did give me nightmares).