This week, the crew gets scary as they discuss the lasting impact of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark from Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell and what the stories continue to matter nearly 40 years after their release. Kate leads the team through the history, controversy in schools, and ultimately the importance of children’s horror in relation to some of the world’s darker moments. Oh, and Kate scares Adrian by reciting some of Schwartz’s scarier stories.
It’s been a few years since the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy got a major facelift, replacing Stephen Gammell’s art/living nightmares with Brett Helquist’s tamer take on the urban legends, folktales, and general creepiness collected by Alvin Schwartz. People were incensed, but now that some time’s passed, we should be able to evaluate it objectively.