Elementary school libraries are supposed to be welcoming spaces, filled with literature and learning and inside voices. Alvin Schwartz's books are best known for traumatizing an entire generation of young people. It was one of the most frequently challenged series of the '90s, widely hated by parents for giving children nightmares and "making light of death.
There were many terrors experienced by '90s kids that today's children simply never will have to go through. Listening to the radio to see if school was canceled during a snowstorm only to find that your school was the only one still in operation. Having your favorite cassette get eaten by your tape player.
To say that today's kids are coddled and sheltered from the realities of the world is a bit of an understatement. As parents, we do tend to gravitate toward kids stories and entertainment that make the world look like a soft and fluffy place, free from corruption and danger. But that's sort of a modern development and c'mon, parents, we're missing out on that golden opportunity of the past, you know, the one where you can control your kids' behavior by telling them the boogeyman likes to eat naughty children.
It starts off as a quaint, atmospheric small-town fright flick before plunging headlong into a full-on, grotesque shriek-fest with severed heads, scarecrows that fight back, demons that are ripped into pieces and then reassemble themselves, and asylums filled with giant bulbous smiling creatures that slowly corner you and consume you. The protagonists are a trio of high-school outcasts — horror buff and aspiring writer, Stella Zoe Margaret Colletti ; shy, well-to-do Augie Gabriel Rush ; and scrappy, dorky Chuck Austin Zajur — who hook up with young drifter Ramon Morales Michael Garza while trying to evade a group of belligerent jocks. Still on the run, the youths wind up in an abandoned house that once belonged to a family of local industrialists.
When our son learned to walk, he nearly destroyed our home. Using a tabletop to pull himself to his feet, he might snag on a lamp wire and send it smashing to the ground. On one of those occasions I imagined a book based on a child like ours.
Do you love true scary stories? What about ghost stories that actually happened? Or maybe you want to read something dark and creepy?
How scary is the new horror movie Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark takes place in America. In the town of Mill Valley, a group of local teenagers learn about the dark secrets at the Bellow family mansion.
Those drawings haunted my nightmares for literal years. You know the ones: the black-bordered paperbacks with the illustration on the front that made your dad recoil when you brought it to him at the bookstore and begged through your coke-bottle lenses to have it. To be honest, my friend Emily Martin and I had a slumber party last year and did this very thing.