Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Documentary


Scary Stories is an independent documentary currently seeking funding on IndieGoGo. Just as CBS Films has hired Guillermo Del Toro to develop a feature film based on the infamous book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, an indie team want to tell the true story of the franchise. The documentary  will explore the history and background of one of the most controversial works of modern children’s literature: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. In many American libraries of the ’80s and ’90s these books developed a growing interest from boys and girls who were taken in by the gothic tales, the whimsical tone, and the ghostly illustrations.

The project is already under way, having previously raised a portion of it’s budget through crowdfunding. Now the filmmakers are seeking the remaining funds to complete the film.

Alvin Schwartz , the author and researcher for the original books, which drew heavily on mythology and folklore sadly passed away in 1992. His family however have given the project their approval and revealed that it would be very much in line with the authors wishes.

On the project’s official website, the team explain: “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a 3-book anthology of folk tales and urban legends by Alvin Schwartz and originally illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The Scary Stories book series were steeped in mythology that has been handed down for many years. The detailed appendices and source materials listed in the books invite us into a fascinating exploration involving some of the foundations of cultural storytelling. Fear, death, the unknown. And it allows us to take a mindful look at the way we entertain children, pass down our heritage, and influence them through the stories we tell.

Along with the tales, the illustrations by Stephen Gammell have had an endearing impact, as well as an interesting history. Influencing artists for years, they have made an indelible impression on so many who grew up thumbing through the pages. The vivid and haunting images can be considered some of the most influential illustrations of modern children’s literature. Delving into their gothic and ancient influences as well as looking at their captivating impact on modern artwork can illuminate the deep impression illustrations can have on the stories we tell our children.”

Head over to IndieGoGo to support the project.

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