More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark


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The iconic anthology series of horror tales that's now a feature film!

This is a new edition of the complete original book. Stephen Gammell’s artwork from the original More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark appears in all its spooky glory. Read if you dare!

More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a timeless collection of chillingly scary tales and legends, in which folklorist Alvin Schwartz offers up some of the most alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time.

And don't miss Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062682857
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories Series , #2
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 79,074
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Alvin Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explores everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. His collections of scary stories—Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Scary Stories 3, and two I Can Read books, In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories and Ghosts!—are just one part of his matchless folklore collection.

Stephen Gammell is the illustrator of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Scary Stories 3, as well as many other books. He won the Caldecott Medal for Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman. He also earned Caldecott Honors for Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker and The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant.

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

Something Was Wrong

One morning John Sullivan found himself walking along a street downtown. He could not explain what he was doing there, or how he got there, or where he had been earlier. He didn't even know what time it was.

He saw a woman walking toward him and stopped her. "I'm afraid I forgot my watch," he said, and smiled. "Can you tell me the time?" When she saw him, she screamed and ran.

Then John Sullivan noticed that other people were afraid of him. When they saw him coming, they flattened themselves against a building, or ran across the street to stay out of his way.

"There must be something wrong with me," John Sullivan thought. "I'd better go home."

He hailed a taxi, but the driver took one look at him and sped away.

John Sullivan did not understand what was going on, and it scared him. "Maybe somebody at home can come and get me," he thought. He found a telephone and called his wife, but a voice he did not recognize answered.

"Is Mrs. Sullivan there?" he asked.

"No, she is at a funeral," the voice said. "Mr. Sullivan was killed yesterday in an accident downtown."

The Wreck

Fred and Jeanne went to the same high school, but they met for the first time at the Christmas dance. Fred had come by himself, and so had Jeanne. Soon Fred decided that Jeanne was one of the nicest girls he had ever met. They danced together most of the evening.

At eleven o'clock Jeanne said, "I have to leave now. Can you give me a ride?"

"Sure," he said. "I've got to go home, too."

"I accidentally drove my car into a tree on my way over here," Jeanne said. "Iguess I wasn't paying attention. "

Fred drove her to the head of Brady Road. It was in a neighborhood he didn't know very well.

"Why don't you drop me off here," Jeanne said. "The road up ahead is in really bad condition. I can walk from here. "

Fred stopped the car and held out some tinsel. "Have some," he said. "I got it at the dance."

"Thank you," she said. "I'll put it in my hair," and she did.

"Would you like to go out sometime, to a movie or something?" Fred asked.

"That would be fun," Jeanne said.

After Fred drove off, he realized that he did not know Jeanne's last name or her telephone number. "I'll go back," he thought. "The road can't be that bad."

He drove slowly down Brady Road through a thick woods, but there wasn't a sign of Jeanne. As he came around a curve, he saw the wreckage of a car ahead. It had crashed into a tree and had caught fire. Smoke was still rising from it.

As Fred made his way to the car, he could see someone trapped inside, crushed against the steering column.

It was Jeanne. In her hair was the Christmas tinsel he had given her.

More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Copyright © by Alvin Schwartz. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Atondra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's 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 Gammell's 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.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked the story it made me shake ad shiver.I read it in less than 4 hours they had great stories in that book.
MeganAngela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was a child, I used to love reading Alvin Schwartz's scary story books! There was nothing more fun than going to the library during the summer and getting my fix of creepy stories and macabre artwork by Stephen Gammell. I recently picked up a copy of this book as a testament to my childhood nostalgia to see if the stories held up to the test of time. I'm glad to say that they did! While written for children, the stories definitely gave me a few chills as an adult. The artwork is still just as creepy, although I'm not quite as scared to look at it now. The tales are based on folklore and legends, so you or your children may have already heard many of them before. Yet, there is nothing quite like the way that Alvin Schwartz tells them.This is definitely a book I'd recommend picking up for children who love scary stories, or for those of us who loved these stories as a child! Don't forget to read them when the sun is out and the lights are on, though. Otherwise, you might start seeing things in every corner or hearing things in every room!
Mattiii on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was cetainly a good read. Although it was very scary i enjoyed it. For me i think the pictures/illustrations were part of the fear!!! Overall scary book made for a campfire sense!
aleykk77336 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a scary book and it was good
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My honest opinion is that the illustrations are the scariest part of the book. I suppose sense I¿m 36 and I love horror (having read a great deal of books and seen even more movies and TV shows which involve scary stories, folklore and urban legend. What Schwartz offers up here seems to be pretty traditional (or standard) urban legend/scary story fare. I think that this series (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories¿, and Scary Stories 3) make a fine introduction to the campfire tales (those stories that have a ¿jump¿ at the end), urban legends (the hitchhiker type), and other similar fare for young readers from about age 9-14 or so. Older readers might not be at all scared by simply reading the book, but my understanding is that the audio book (voiced by George S. Irving) is quite good. I intend to give it a listen when it comes in from the library (for all three in this series). Overall, good introduction but I don¿t get what all the fuss is about and I certainly don¿t see why anyone would be trying to ban or censor this¿there¿s more graphic and violent/scary stuff on TV. This is definitely worth a read for the ¿memory lane¿ feel one might get (I certainly did, there are a number of classics here) and for the illustrations as Gammell certainly has a style that manages to really make one¿s flesh crawl! I give it four stars¿good but not great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book when I was a child (like 20ish years ago) I used to read it to my younger siblings and it a;ways scared the bajebers out of us, I forgot what the title was until recently and cannot wait to add it to my scary stories collection now that i'm an adult and as soon as my kids are ready and willing to be scared, I will def be reading this to them. :-D 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting.It makes you want to read more.The book is awesome.In one of the stories fishermen stay into a haunted house and they hear moaning and ladies screaming,
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Even more short stories that are creepier than ever. Along with those drawings too. Surprised this is a kids book.
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stories were scary..but a little disturbing for a childrens book!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book growing up! it would scare the living hell out of me. My mom would read it to me all the time. I think thats how I turned into a horror nut!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to not like these books when I was younger, but I always wanted relatives to read them to me...even on Christmas! Now I like them and find them not as scary as they used to be. I always ended up checking them out from my school library numerous times. Even if your a religious person, its okay to read them. I once went to a private school and they had books like these (I think they still have them too). These stories are just for fun and amusement. Love em!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay I've read this stuff since I was in 2nd grade. It's great! Even if you are a christian or any religion (which I am) it's good. Be careful not to let your kids read it if they are under 10 there's some etchy stuff. When I was a kid I had lots of nightmares cause of it. But It's great writing will give you goosebumps and be sure to pick one up!