Here’s your nostalgia for the day; remember your first taste of horror you could hold in my hands? For me, it was Alvin Schwartz’ Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark trilogy. You gotta love early exposure to spooky folklore, not to mention the glorious gothic yet whimsical illustrations by Stephen Gammell.
Until the rumored feature film by Guillermo del Toro comes out, I am equally excited for this doc that features interviews with Scwartz’ family, R.L Stein, as well as scholars and experts in children’s literature and folklore. The subjects address the influential series and why the books have had such an impact on children. They also explore the censorship and controversy surrounding the book being on the list of banned books.
Check out the Indiegogo page to see a teaser for the documentary as well as the official trailer.
“The stories give readers a taste of the darker sides of humanity and prepares children for what to expect when they go out to the real world, says a school teacher.”
Scary Stories is said to be the most controversial children’s literature of our time. “I am not sure why these books were challenge, because we don’t discourage children from reading greek mythology or robin hood, ” Says a scholar in the film.