When is this documentary coming out?
In 2014 research and filming began in order to tell this story. We crowdfunded it in the spring of 2015. This allowed us to travel and film more that summer, which in turn allowed us to put together a trailer, released in time for Banned Books Week in September of 2015.
The goal now is to raise funds in order to finish the full documentary in 2016 and prepare it for festivals and any showings that can be arranged by the fall.
Is the author or illustrator involved?
The author Alvin Schwartz passed away a number of years ago. His family is involved with the production and will be featured prominently in the finished product.
We hope that we will be able to involve the illustrator Stephen Gammell, but so far he has declined to be interviewed or involved.
What will be in this documentary about the Scary Stories series?
Topics may include subject areas covered in the books, blog posts, news items, background sources, and other things listed on our Reference pages. These include scary children’s literature throughout the ages, the publication history of the Scary Stories series, the impact the books have had on literature and art, folktales and urban legends in the books, the role and history of storytelling in children’s literature, current and past illustrations of gothic children’s literature, and censorship of children’s literature.
How can I support this project?
We will have an upcoming crowdfunding, so the best thing you can do is sign up for our mailing list and/or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. We will update those as more information is available.
If you have a “story to tell” in regards to the Scary Stories series, please feel free to contact the filmmakers and tell us your story. We like storytellers.