The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series has taken on a rare life of its own over the last 30 years. Not only have they had a huge cultural impact, but they have sparked controversy and an important conversation about children’s literature and the role of the gothic in our society and in our libraries.
This upcoming documentary will explore the book, its history as one of the most challenged children’s books in modern society, and gothic children’s throughout the ages.
With each book of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, Alvin Schwartz includes detailed annotations about the sources and interesting notes about the history of the tales he told. To pay homage to this practice, you will find here links regarding the many topics and background information that will be explored in this upcoming documentary.