scary stories to tell in the dark

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Guillermo del Toro has just signed on to develop and possibly direct a very dark project. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, to be exact; the classic children’s books written by Alvin Schwartz that were nightmare on their own, but being paired with illustrations by Stephen Gammell made them mildly horrifying. Three Scary Stories books were published by Shwartz between 1981 and 1991, each composed of short horror stories influenced by urban legends and folklore. The series is easily one of the most challenged and banned books in schools, and yet over 7 million copies have been sold to date. Del Torro himself was probably responsible for some of those sales. (more…)