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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 25th Anniversary Edition
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 25th Anniversary Edition: Collected from American Folklore | Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell
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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.If You Dare!
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i-am-papercrane
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1) Paranormal, supernatural, real scary stories...literally anything. The only genre where I will read and thoroughly enjoy nonfiction.
2) the Scream franchise. It‘s funny, gory, and scary all at the same time. Also Halloween 2018 bc it was just. so. good.
3) even tho it‘s for kids and not *really* scary, some of the stories in it have made me anxious about real life stuff even as an adult.
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i-am-papercrane 4) I watched a the first season of Slasher (really good, but only the first season) and I keep meaning to watch Scream. American Horror Story is also up there.
5) Either or, but I prefer gore.
6) What is a horror movie/book you watched/read as a child that still sticks with you?
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veritysalter Stephen King‘s ‘Children of the Corn‘, I was far too young, still get to the same point and can‘t watch beyond that now, thirty years later. 3d
teebe Good question! I avidly watched horror movies as a kid so there‘s a lot that have stayed with me for different reasons. The Exorcist is one of them. 3d
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MidnightBookGirl The scene from Poltergeist where the one dude starts tearing the skin off his face. 3d
BookwormAHN I don't remember the name of the movie but the ending was a demon coming up from the floor and pulling someone down into hell with them. 3d
ulrichyumiodd I was very easily scared as a child and stayed far away from any horror, haha. I only read tame horror books written for kids - perhaps like Goosebumps? The actual series was in French, and I totally forgot the name 😓 Nothing very scary, anyway! 3d
j9brown The scene from The Fly where he arm wrestles some guy at a bar and breaks his wrist - I'm still uncomfortable with arm wrestling! 3d
Twainy #6 - Book, The Shining. Movie, The Exorcist. 3d
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overtheedge
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Pickpick

These are written for a younger crowd, but I still find them pretty good....a couple really good. I totally loved the illustrations.
#teamslaughter #scarathon @Clwojick #theme

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4thhouseontheleft
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Pickpick

Maya and I have been reading this to each other over the last few days. Finished it up in daylight at our neighborhood park this afternoon.

I LOVED these books as a kid, but you HAVE to read an edition with the original illustrations by Stephen Gammell. It makes a huge difference in your reading experience. Otherwise some of the stories feel flat.

#screamathon
#pop19 reread a favorite book

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madamereadsalot1
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CaroPi
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So is not a book tonight. Is another horror movie. But this time I really like it. This is a very spooky character
#TeamSlaughter #scarathon

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miyasmit05
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Pickpick

A nice book to read if you are into spooky short stories. The book gets more interesting with every story.

Linsy Creepy! 4w
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Nessavamusic
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Fresh out on streaming after I finished reading it this past weekend! 4 points for #TeamStoker for #Scarathlon!
@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Read this at breakfast - I always thought that I‘d read this before, but nope! For #teamslaughter I‘ll say 20pts as one story specifically relates to Halloween. #scaryscavengerhunt: scares me as my two favorites were pretty creepy (Cold as Clay and The Guests) #scarathlon #bbrc #middlegrade #lessthan120pages

Linsy Been on my TBR since my nephew recommended it! 1mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 1mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @Linsy make sure you get the one that Stephen Gammell illustrated. He did a phenomenal job. 1mo
Linsy @Sarahreadstoomuch Duly noted! 1mo
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Rissa1
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Scary movie with the hubby. #Scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

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Nessavamusic
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Pickpick

A delightful quick reread for #Scarathlon. Very fun to read all the scary stories we would share around campfires in my childhood. 10 points for #TeamStoker!
@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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So I forgot to keep my #ScreamathonReadingChallenge #Screamathon posted! So this month sadly I've only read the first 2 Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books, and I've been working on Death by Dumplings as well as a collection of stories called Video Nasties! @4thhouseontheleft

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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The story “Aaron Kelly‘s Bones” is about a corpse who wouldn‘t stay in his grave at the #graveyard until his widow got him to dance so fast, his skeleton fell apart! #chillingphotochallenge #teamslaughter 1pt

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Kati15
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Pickpick

I read all three books and all three are absolutely amazing and perfect for the Halloween season!

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monalyisha
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🖤👻🖤

sprainedbrain 😂 1mo
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Nessavamusic
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For today‘s prompt #horror for #ChillingPhotoChallenge I always found this to be the most frightening cover, and on a children‘s book no less. I want to reread and see the movie!
#scarathon #TeamStoker 1 point
@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
Chrys My older son saw the movie and said it was scarier than It chapter 2 2mo
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Come-read-with-me
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Pickpick

#chillingcoverchallenge Day 5 - Horror. I obviously have a low tolerance for horror! What really terrifies me are the illustrations done by Stephen Gammall. He is astounding and his pictures set a truly horrifying tone in this book.

rather_be_reading yes! these were so scary as a kid too! 2mo
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LeahBergen
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#UrbanLegend

Remember this one? 😆😆

#ScreamathonPhotoChallenge

4thhouseontheleft 😱🖤 2mo
Bookzombie Yes! So creepy! 2mo
saresmoore Good grief! I wasn‘t prepared for this. 😝 2mo
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Reggie Lol, yes, ughhhh. 2mo
batsy 😵 2mo
DivineDiana Screaming!!! 😲 2mo
BookNAround It still comes to me on occasional nights when my husband is traveling. So thanks for bringing it back to the front of my consciousness when he‘s fixing to travel again. 😜😂 2mo
LeahBergen @BookNAround Oh no! 😆😆 And my husband is travelling this week, too. 😳 1mo
rubyslippersreads 🙀🙀🙀 1mo
Lindy 😳😰 1mo
ValerieAndBooks OMG 😮 1mo
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LokiDokey
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Day 4 of #FallIsBooked is bonfire.
I instantly thought of this scary meme. It works for #Scarathlon too. #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

TheSpineView 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Clwojick 😂😂😂😂 2mo
DaveGreen7777 😂👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this!! 🤣 2mo
OriginalCyn620 This. Is. Awesome. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😂 2mo
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Addison_Reads
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#screamathonphotochallenge Day 4. Urban Legend @4thhouseontheleft

High Beams is that urban legend I've heard my whole life. The story always changes a bit depending on where you are and who is telling it though.

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Dead inside but still reading! 💀 Celebrate the month of Halloween by picking up a scary story at Strand. • View the full booklist here: https://www.strandbooks.com/halloween-2019

LibrarianRyan This picture is Awesome! 2mo
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ahoffkosik
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Happy October! We‘re kicking off the month on my podcast with something a liiiiiiittle spooky — a conversation about 1981‘s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the first book in a series of the same name. It‘s no secret that I‘m not the biggest fan of scary things, so prepping for this episode was my first experience with the Scary Stories! My guest is graphic novelist — and fellow scare skeptic — Gale Galligan. 👻💀🎃 Link to listen in bio!

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Addison_Reads
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While you're reading scary books for #screamathon why not join in the creepy photo fun too? #screamathonphotochallenge @4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft Yay! Thanks for sharing! 👻🎃🙌🏽 2mo
xxjenadanxx This looks fun!! 2mo
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Skygoddess1
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Hey Everyone! Are you looking for a fun and friendly competition for October and to help you get into the Halloween mood? Then check out #Scarathlon hosted by @TheReadingMermaid and @Clwojick

TheReadingMermaid 😘😘😘 2mo
Clwojick 💜Thanks for the repost. 💓 2mo
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IamIamIam
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Pickpick

Still as good as I remember! The Wendigo was always my favorite and this was my favorite illustration! A fun introduction to horror for young readers, but I'm pretty sure you all knew that. There's always room for one more on the Alvin Schwartz bandwagon! 👻

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Wellreadhead
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Anyone else seen this? What did you think?
#athinsliceofanxiety #scarystoriestotellinthedark #alvinshwartz

vivastory It's an interesting documentary 2mo
ReadingOver50 Ooo I need to look this up! 2mo
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FantasyChick
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Because October is the best month of the year and, now that the summer months are behind us, I'm trying to be more Litsy-active! This sounds like a lot of fun with a lot of my favorite things 🖤🔪😈☠👻

#scarathlon @Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 😘😘😘 2mo
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Mandigolightly
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Had an after-hours Friday the 13th event at work, and it had to end with a lights-on freeplay session because I may have genuine terrified some kids enough that they were afraid to go outside in the dark 👀

BethM These books scared the sh** out of me as a kid. I had nightmares for months. 2mo
Susannah I had these books and had to keep them in a box in a closet. Look at this cover! How can it be a kids‘ book? 😳(Also, I‘m a super duper weenie when it comes to scary stuff. I have no idea why I ever got these books.) 2mo
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IndyHannaJones
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Gimme a good Howl-o-Ween to read.

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 2mo
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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#Booked2019 #BookToMovie
I decided I needed to reread these before I went to see the movie. I ran my school library‘s copies ragged! I even memorized them so I could scare the pants off my siblings and any other kids who‘d listen! Just got home from a late show and I‘m in love! I‘ve found my new favorite book to movie adaption! Definitely go see this in theaters if you get the chance!
@4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Yay!!! So glad film lived up to your expectations 🥰 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s so much fun! Glad the movie was good. I didn‘t read the books but might put the movie on my list now. 2mo
tournevis Interesting : where do you live that your Good and Plenty candy ia only two colours? I'm used to pink, white, green and black. 2mo
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Crazeedi I love good n plenty! @tournevis I've only ever had 2 colors! I've never seen 4! 2mo
Andrea313 @Crazeedi @tournevis I'm curious about this, too! I'm a Midwestern American and have only ever seen two colors! 2mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks @Cinfhen Thanks! It really did! @BarbaraTheBibliophage You should! @tournevis @Crazeedi @Andrea313 I live in Utah, I‘ve only ever seen G&P in the two colors! Where do I find a four color G&P? 2mo
tournevis @Crazeedi Must be a national thing, then. 2mo
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Cailey_Mac
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Eeeeeee look what I picked up on lunch!🤗🖤🖤 I‘ve never read it, so I figured it‘s now or never! #tbr #scarystories

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Erinreadsthebooks
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I had a meeting at my son‘s school, and they‘re having a book fair (be still, my heart 😍🤗🎉). The minute I spied this gem, alllllll the memories of reading this series came rushing back. I LOVED these books as a kid!

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litenthusiast
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I loved this book. Some of the stories in this collection were ones I remember telling as a kid. Plus the one about a stranger inside the house used to terrify me when I was babysitting as a teen. #24B4Monday #summersendreadathon

Bookwm85forever I just went to see the movie. I also ordered the books. 3mo
litenthusiast @Bookwm85forever How was the movie? 3mo
Bookwm85forever @litenthusiast The movie was good!! I really liked it. 3mo
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Dorianna
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Saturday night with my childhood.

rather_be_reading 😲😲 3mo
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i-am-papercrane
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With the movie about to come out, some entertainment articles I read reawakened the nostalgia for the stories that scared the snot outta me as a kid! So naturally, I bought the box set. Oops!

#spooky #scary #scarystories #horror #movie #booktomovie #newin #newbook

LibrarianRyan I liked the movie. 3mo
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ShyBookOwl
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Went to see the movie adaptation tonight. I feel like my experience watching the movie as an adult was proportionate to my experience reading these stories as a kid. Overall, very well done.

#adaptation

LibrarianRyan I agree. I quite enjoyed it. My younger self would have loved it. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @LibrarianRyan Yes. Great teen horror flick. Exponentially better than the Goosebumps movie lol 3mo
LibrarianRyan @ShyBookOwl definitely. This didn't try to be funny, or poke fun at itself. It just way. I really like how they weaved the stories together, and it left itself open for a sequel. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @LibrarianRyan Agreed. It didn't rely solely on nostalgia. I liked that. 3mo
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LokiDokey
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? tagged. Because we always tell scary stories when we camp.
? Friday the 13th
? It's from That 70s Show when they all go camping. "Bye Bye Mr Steven Hyde, I'm a Hottie and your nottie, Jackie's going to be mine"
#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho 🏕💚 3mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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My bestie & I went and saw Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark today. It was so awesome guys! ❤️❤️❤️ You GOT to go see it if you're a fan of the books 😉

Oh & just some pics we took to commemorate the occasion 😂🤣😂🤣😂

BethM Those books gave me nightmares for YEARS. 3mo
vivastory 👏Me-tie-doughty-walker! 😱🤘 3mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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vivastory
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Off to lunch in a bit & then to see the adaptation of the tagged. This was one of my favorite books as a child & a formidable influence on my development as a reader & individual...😂

BookwormAHN I hope it's good. I also loved these books. 3mo
sprainedbrain I can‘t wait to hear what you think of it! 3mo
Aaronlisa Have fun! I hope you like the movie. 3mo
IamIamIam I hope the film was as good as I hope it is!!! Can't wait to see what you thought!! 3mo
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StellarDoc
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Seeing the movie tomorrow night, so I thought I should read at least some of the book.

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Sara_Planz
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Had a great time hosting a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark camp out at my store last night!!!

4thhouseontheleft This looks awesome!! 4mo
LiteraryinLititz That is such a cool idea! 4mo
Kalytle1012 Love this!! 😍 4mo
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i-am-papercrane
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Just signed up for the #screamathon book swap! When I say I‘m excited... 😁😁😁 I simply ADORE anything spooky/Halloween! My housemates can all attest: year-round, I can be found in the living room watching horror movies, bad or not!

4thhouseontheleft Yay!! 👻🎃🦇 4mo
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Shakespearience
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I saw this on your feed @LibrarianRyan and just had to do it! I am a strange person in that I don‘t like watching scary movies, but I have definitely enjoyed scary stories! I devoured R.L Stine as a kid and have definitely read my fair share of King!

The point is I am so excited to participate in another Litsy Swap! Anyone have spooky recs for me so I can build my October TBR pile?

Thanks for hosting @4thhouseontheleft #Screamathon

4thhouseontheleft I‘m the same way! But I read less horror and more paranormal in October. I went through a phase of reading gothic horror every October: Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, etc, all wonderful! I‘ll tag a few I‘m thinking of for this year‘s #screamathon 4mo
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LibrarianRyan Heck yeah. I read #Murdertrending and it was so much fun. It comes out in paperback this month and book 2 is out. 4mo
Shakespearience @4thhouseontheleft I don't mind horror, but of the categories mentioned in the sign up I probably definitely lean more towards paranormal/supernatural stuff! Thrillers and mysteries have been popping up in my book browsing as of late too. I totally didn't just go to my Goodreads account to dig around for ideas either 😅 4mo
Shakespearience Thanks for the recs both of you! @LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft 4mo
LibrarianRyan If you want to be in the spirit but don‘t want bloody or scary try the tagged book. It‘s horror related but not horror i was greatly surprised because it wasn‘t what I thought it was but I LOVED it. His new book is out next week. 4mo
4thhouseontheleft @Shakespearience My profile has my GR account. If you find me on there, I have a Halloween TBR shelf. 👻 4mo
LibrarianRyan Also Angie Fox writes some fun cozy witchy mysteries. 4mo
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Sara_Planz
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We‘re having a Scary Stories campout in my bookstore on Saturday so it‘s time to reread these gems from back in the day. So excited!!!

marleed I bought these for my son as a middle schooler. He‘s 29 now and can‘t believe I bought him those books. I keep telling him they were marketed for his age. They must have scared the beegeezus out of him in ways I was never aware. I really want to give him a new set but can‘t decide between the black or white spines! 4mo
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TieDyeDude
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Mehso-so

This was really interesting, though not very good. Obviously meant for kids & teens. I know we owned a copy growing up, but I don't remember any of the stories. There are certain parts, especially the first chapter, that act like instructions for story telling, which is needed these days, but overall I didn't much care about the book. It will be interesting to see what del Toro does for the movie.

LibrarianRyan This is one of those books that adults and kids vary on greatly. Most kids love it. Most adults do not. I find this interesting. SSTTITD came out before the world had goosebumps and Fear Street. For the longest time it was the only horror for kids. No counting classic horror. 6mo
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RadicalReader
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Finished off the first book in the terrific Scary Stories Treasury loved each and every story even more when I got to share them with lovely Littens #ScaryStories #AlvinSchwartz #24B4Monday

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RiaWritten
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I decided to opt for a reread first, and the scariest thing about this book is how badly this copy is falling apart! I‘m greatly enjoying it nonetheless, nostalgia carries far, and am still very excited for the movie!

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Gissy
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Panpan

Book 1 in the halfoweenathon there are 7 challenges but only 6 are related with books and you can combine the challenges. This challenge was to read a book that was not a novel. I don't understand the hype or high rating of this book in GR (4⭐️) really?🙄No scary for me and I'm a chicken. I only liked one story and one interesting idea for Halloween. But the illustrations are unique, well appropriate for the stories. 2⭐️for the illustrations.

LibrarianRyan I think because most kids find this book between 2-4th grade. And to many it is scary and creepy. It‘s not light hearted scares like Goosebumps. 7mo
Gissy @LibrarianRyan it could be. You are the subject expert about kids books. I really enjoy your children books reviews. 🤗 7mo
LibrarianRyan @Gissy thank you. I find this series is a nice bridge for kids tired of goosebumps but not ready for fear street. Plus when I was growing up goosebumps didn‘t exist. These did. They were about the only horror books for that age before point horror came out. But point horror was only popular because goosebumps took off. I‘ve been wanting to revisit this series with the new movie coming out. 7mo
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JamieArc I haven‘t read these books since elementary schools, but they were the stories told at every sleepover, and we‘re super scary at the time. I would guess that a high rating is in part due to people being sentimental for their childhood memories reading them. 7mo
Gissy @LibrarianRyan Maybe I was too "adult" in my review. I will wait for your serie revisit and comments ☺️ Now I'm reading a middle grade ghost book something like that. I just started it. The title is "Dead Boy". 7mo
LibrarianRyan @Gissy let me know how you like it. I‘m always looking for mg and ya horror that‘s good. 7mo
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RiaWritten
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I managed to snag this from the library today in anticipation of the new movie. It‘s a great little book and I can‘t wait to reread it! Paisley seems dubious. #DogsofLitsy

TheLibrarian Cute pup!! 7mo
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I remember reading this book when I was younger and loved.l it. I can‘t wait for the movie.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=N3J2k3Nhicw