Salem Horror Fest 2018 Review: Scary Stories Documentary is a Worthy Tribute to the Classic Books and Their Creators

I remember when I was about eight or nine years old, I found Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in my elementary school’s library. Naturally, I became obsessed with them and I plowed through the book and its two sequels in record time for a kid who watched exponentially more movies than he read books. Craving more, I asked my dad to find me other scary books just like them. The problem was that there weren’t any books just like them. None of them had the authentic feeling of creepiness that oozed from Schwartz’s folklore-based tales combined with Gammell’s delightfully disturbing illustrations. I tried to explain to my dad why the books with cartoon vampires and werewolves on the covers were not the same as Scary Stories, but at that age I didn’t have the capacity to articulate what

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