The unsettling horror book trilogy by Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, inflicted chilling childhood scars for the '80s and '90s generation that, to this day, could easily reopen with a simple glimpse of the sickeningly surreal illustrations that graced the original releases by artist Stephen Gammell – controversially replaced in the 2011 reissue editions with art by Brett Helquist.
Consequently, we are on the verge of a Scary Stories comeback in the zeitgeist spotlight with reports from earlier this year that 20th Century Fox plans to develop a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark film adaptation, having nabbed an appropriate directorial visionary in Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), working off a script by John August (Dark Shadows, Big Fish).
While it’s been some time since we’ve heard any updates on the project, we happen to be celebrating 31 Days of Halloween here at Blastr. Thus, we’re taking the opportunity to look back on Schwartz’s book trilogy – 1981’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, 1984’s More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and 1991’s Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones – to pick a suitably unlucky 13 of the scariest and/or ironically idiosyncratic stories that we’d like to see in the film.
Every day this month we're bringing you a different Top 13 list from the world of horror. You can find them all here.
Warning: Disturbing images from Stephen Gammell’s original art awaits below!