Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a series of horror stories written by Alvin Schwartz that brings back fond memories for a lot of people. And not so fond ones for others. Although the books are technically meant for children, the surreal and nightmare-inducing stories are not exactly kid-friendly. In spite of that, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark managed to gather a cult following over the years and will soon be introduced to a new generation of horror lovers. Both young and old.
First off, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is getting a new edition that will consist entirely of fresh stories. These stories are not written by the author of the original series but will pay tribute to his work. There are a total of 35 such stories, each of which was written by a different author. Some of the contributors include James A. Moore, Laurent Linn, Nancy Lambert, and Jamie Ford. The anthology was announced by the Horror Writers Association and will be published by Harper Collins sometime in early 2019. Coincidentally, Harper Collins also published the previous iterations of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
Scary Films to Watch in the Dark
Meanwhile, news broke earlier this month that Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is also getting a documentary. Simply entitled Scary Stories, the documentary was partially crowdfunded and is said to include more than 40 interviews. Some of the interviews were conducted on contemporary horror authors like Q.L. Pearce and R.L. Stine while other interviewees include some of Schwartz’s own family members. The rights to the documentary were acquired by Wild Eye Releasing who are planning a theatrical release in 2019.
Documentary aside, a feature film based on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is also in the works. None other than Guillermo del Toro will serve as producer and co-writer for the film. Meanwhile, Andre Ovredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) will serve as its director. Some of the actors attached to the project include Michael Garza (Wayward Pines), Zoe Margaret Colletti (Wildlife), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), and Jane Moffat (Mama). The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movies is expected to arrive in 2019 around the same time as the documentary.
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