Give A Listen To ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’

by Thomas Tuna

Maybe the only thing better than reading a really scary story is listening to one.

And now horror fans can truly experience the thrills of hearing the chilling tales in the acclaimed three-volume collection of short horror stories from author Alvin Schwartz and artist Stephen Gammell–Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. A brand-new audiobook adaptation of the fan-favorite is now available from HarperAudio on Audible, as reported by

And the genre talent assembled to breathe life into the stories is impressive–Patton Oswalt (Agents of SHIELD), Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead) and Alex Brightman (Broadway’s Beetlejuice).

The new audiobook, as described, includes all three of Schwartz’ collections, with “walking corpses, dancing bones, knife-wielding madmen and narrow escapes” all heard in lurid detail, according  to the official synopsis. “Pull up a chair, find a hand to hold and prepare to be horrified.”

The first Scary Stories was published in 1981, with the next two installments hitting bookshelves in 1984 and 1991. Schwartz said he drew his inspiration for the tales from folklore and urban legends.

The books were adapted for the big screen in 2019 by producer Guillermo del Toro, director Andre Ovredal and screenwriters Dan and Kevin Hageman, and a sequel is already being planned. The film–which received positive reviews–performed well at the box office, grossing $105 million on a $28-million budget.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.

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