Alvin Schwartz’ Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark was sure great. It was one of those rare “kiddie” horror books that didn’t talk down to them or pull back its punches out of fear we couldn’t handle it. What made the book most memorable were the delightfully ghoulish illustrations which made kids feel they were reading something they weren’t supposed to — and depending on what state you lived in, this may well have been the case.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark was banned by some schools under pressure by parental groups, which in some cases meant it had to be read under the covers for more than one reason. Schwartz’s iconic book will be heading to the big screen this summer for its first movie adaption, but before then, an upcoming documentary about the impact of Scary Stories — which is simply called “Scary Stories” — will be released from Wild Eye Releasing.
Explore the history of one of the most controversial works of modern children’s literature: The best selling teen classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which scared a generation of young readers and became one of the most banned books of modern times. Scary Stories creates both the ultimate celebration and dissertation of this iconic piece of horror literature.
“Scary Stories” will have a limited theatrical run across the US starting April 26, followed by a VOD release May 7. Check your local listings to see if it’s lurking near you.