Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Blast from the past: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

If you were interested in the paranormal and other scary stuff as a child, I'm guessing that you've read Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.  I loved those books and even remember some of the stories in them twenty years after I read them.  One of them that I remember is "The Hook," which is about a couple hearing on the radio that a murderer with a hook for a hand has escaped from prison not far from where they're parked.  The girl is afraid and wants to go home; the boy thinks she's being silly, but he agrees to take her home, and the girl thinks she hears scratching at the door as they drive off, and when they get back to her house, and the boy goes around to her side of the car to open the door, he finds...a hook on the door handle!  This version is pretty tame compared to some that I heard later, but that was the first time I'd heard it, and that story has always scared the crap out of me.  I know that's not a paranormal story, but there were ghost stories in the books too, so I wanted to write about the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series on my blog.  These were some of my favorite books when I was a kid, but I have to say, now that I'm 32 years old, these stories are not as scary as I remember. ; )

If you're like me and loved these books as a child, leave a comment and let me know what your favorite story was (if you remember it)!



  1. I loved this book when I was a kid and so did pretty much every kid in my class. My favorite story in it was The Haunted House, about the thing that haunted the cellar. Made me afraid of going down to the basement when I was a kid for fear The Haunt or something like it would be down there :D.

  2. Thanks for reading my blog! Your comment makes me glad that I didn't grow up in a house with a basement...I bet those stories would've scared me even more. Basements always seem creepy... ; )