Scary Stories: Boxed Set

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Walking corpses, dancing bones, knife-wielding madmen, and narrow escapes from death — they're all here in this chilling collection of ghost stories.

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Overview

Walking corpses, dancing bones, knife-wielding madmen, and narrow escapes from death — they're all here in this chilling collection of ghost stories.

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Editorial Reviews

John Scieszka
A wonderful collection of tales that range from creepy to silly to haunting. Stephen Gammell's drawings add just the right touch of supernatural spookiness. —Entertinment Weekly
John Scieszka
A wonderful collection of tales that range from creepy to silly to haunting. Stephen Gammell's drawings add just the right touch of supernatural spookiness." (—Entertinment Weekly
New York Times
Read these if you dare.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Families looking for good ghost stories will get satisfying shivers from Schwartz's three collections of folklore's Scary Stories. The best-selling collections, illustrated by Gammell, have now been boxed in one spine-tingling set of over eighty stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064404655
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Series: Scary Stories Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Alvin Schwartz is known for his more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. Don't miss his other Scary Stories collections, including More Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Chapter One

Something Was Wrong

One morning John Sullivan found himself walking along a street downtown. He could not explain what he was doing there, or how he got there, or where he hadbeen earlier. He didn't even know what time it was.

He saw a woman walking toward him and stopped her. "I'm afraid I forgot my watch," he said, and smiled. "Can you tell me the time?" When she saw him, shescreamed and ran.

Then John Sullivan noticed that other people were afraid of him. When they saw him coming, they flattened themselves against a building, or ran across the street tostay out of his way.

"There must be something wrong with me," John Sullivan thought. "I'd better go home."

He hailed a taxi, but the driver took one look at him and sped away.

John Sullivan did not understand what was going on, and it scared him. "Maybe somebody at home can come and get me," he thought. He found a telephone andcalled his wife, but a voice he did not recognize answered.

"Is Mrs. Sullivan there?" he asked.

"No, she is at a funeral," the voice said. "Mr. Sullivan was killed yesterday in an accident downtown."


More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Chapter One

Something Was Wrong

One morning John Sullivan found himself walking along a street downtown. He could not explain what he was doing there, or how he got there, or where he hadbeen earlier. He didn't even know what time it was.

He saw a woman walking toward him and stopped her. "I'm afraid I forgot my watch," he said, andsmiled. "Can you tell me the time?" When she saw him, shescreamed and ran.

Then John Sullivan noticed that other people were afraid of him. When they saw him coming, they flattened themselves against a building, or ran across the street to stay out of his way.

"There must be something wrong with me," John Sullivan thought. "I'd better go home."

He hailed a taxi, but the driver took one look at him and sped away.

John Sullivan did not understand what was going on, and it scared him. "Maybe somebody at home can come and get me," he thought. He found a telephone andcalled his wife, but a voice he did not recognize answered.

"Is Mrs. Sullivan there?" he asked.

"No, she is at a funeral," the voice said. "Mr. Sullivan was killed yesterday in an accident downtown."

Scary Stories 3

Chapter One

Boo Men

The girl was late getting home for supper. So she took a shortcut through the cemetery. But, oh, it made her nervous. When she saw another girl ahead of her, she hurried to catch up.

"Do you mind if I walk with you?" she asked. "Walking through the cemetery at night scares me."

"I know what you mean," the other girl said. "I used to feel that way myself when I was alive."

There are all sorts of things that scare us.

The dead scare us, for one day we will be dead like they are.

The dark scares us, for we don't know what is waiting in the dark. At night the sound of leaves rustling, or branches groaning, or someone whispering, makes usuneasy. So do footsteps coming closer. So do strange figures we think we see in the shadows — a human maybe, or a big animal, or some horrible thing we can barely make out.

People call these creatures we think we see "boo men." We imagine them, they say. But now and then a boo man turns out to be real.

Queer happenings scare us, too. We hear of a boy or a girl who was raised by an animal, a human being like us who yelps and howls and runs on all fours. Thethought of it makes our flesh crawl. We hear of insects that make their nests in a person's body or of a nightmare that comes true, and we shudder. If such things really do happen, then they could happen to us.

It is from such fears that scary stories grow. This is the third book of such stories I have collected. I learned some of them from people I met. I found others, tales that had been written down, in folklore archives and in libraries. As we always do with tales we learn, I have told them in my own way.

Some stories in this book have been told only in recent times. But others have been part of our folklore for as long as we know. As one person told another, the details may have changed. But the story itself has not, for what once frightened people still frightens them.

I thought at first that one of the stories I found was a modem story. It is the one I call "The Bus Stop." I then discovered that a similar story had been told two thousand years earlier in ancient Rome. But the young woman involved was named Philinnion, not Joanna, as she is in our story.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    Way to bring back memories!!

    I read these books when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I'm 30 now and I still love reading these books! The illustrator was amazing in his drawings. The pictures were so creepy to me as a kid and I still love them now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2009

    Awesome

    I've read all of the books in this set,and I love them! My favorites are just delicious,in the 3rd one,wonderful sausage in the second,andin the first,the haunted house. They are the best books I ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2009

    Good!

    I myself get scared extremely easily, but I cannot resist reading a few good ghost stories, and these are no exception. These are irresistible and even when you're so scared you're shivering, you still want to keep reading. Awesome stories! I love how he took some from folklore and all that; it really makes them seem more real-ish. I completely recommend them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    Holy Cow that was weird!!!!!!!!!

    If you like scary stories you should pick this book in your local library

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008

    too creppy 4 my sister (finally!).

    every time i tell a scary story to my 27 year old sister,she always says that its 'too corny 4 words'but when i read these stories to her she was to scared to sleep alone for a few days!(i had to sleep wit her 4 a week!!!)i say this book rocks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2008

    Great For A Young Scary Story Lover

    Im always looking for a good scare, and these books are just great. Some of the pictures were soo scary, I had to cover some w/ ducktape! I get scared really easily, but I can never resist a good scary story! I would also recommend 'Campfire Ghost Stories' Vol. 1 and 2 for older readers. They are MUCH scarier. BEWARE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2004

    Chills, Thrills, and ummm... More Thrills!

    This set of stories scared me 3/4 my way to death... With a little added humor in book one. These stories show how true one mans fears, can be anyones true nightmare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    13 yrs old, avid reader

    these books are so scary!!! They are great to read in the dark with a flashlight. Even though I've read them 5 times, they still send shivers up my spine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    14 years later ...

    wow I cant believe i found these books after all these years!! I remember going to my best friends house and reading them in her attic with flashlights when i was little. Now im 20 years old and still get creeped out reading them. These books are instant classics for any age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Always great even after all these years.

    I remember reading these books as a child. I would bring them to sleepovers and on camping trips and read them to my friends and family. I've decided I had to buy the box set because my old books are beat up and some even lost. I'm excited to bring them to college and read them with friends late at night. They're still scary after all these years and when I have children a whole new generation will be able to enjoy them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    18 yr old ordering the box set

    I loved these stories as a kid, and I can still remember the stories till this day so I decided to purchase the box set, and im wanna make some short films based on these adaptions. Great none the less. SCARY!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    Still A Good Scare Years Later!:)

    When I was a child, I read 'Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark,' then when I was older, I read the other two books. I told the story, 'Bloody Fingers' at Pine Mountain State Park one night at a 'Scary Story Session' one summer as a teen. Now, as an adult, I own paperback copies that I have colored into as a teen of these books and this hardbound copy of the set. I gave another copy of this book to my eight year old goddaughter when I took her to my local aquarium for a present, and she excitedly squealed in the back seat of my car on the way there: 'Scary Stories Collection!!! Cool!!! Now my big brothers will be jealous of me!' Even my goddaughter loves this bound set of books too, even at the age of eight. (My goddaughter is an avid reader for an eight year old, too.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    Awesome!

    EXCELLENT!!! Has all of the great titles that scared me out of my wits as a child.All three of these books are classics. Highly enjoyeable and scary to the core. Great for telling with your friends! I've already recommended it to everyone I know!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Continuing the Tradition

    I read this as a Halloween tradition growing up. It's the best collection of American ghost stories I've ever found.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    These books rock!

    I remember fighting over these books in the elementary school library and ordering them on class book orders. These stories have stuck with me all these years; they're sure to haunt you as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    Great Book Still Scares Me

    I remember reading this set of books when I was young. My sister would always scare me with these books. Now I am in college...still scared. Those stories have stuck with me for years. My sister is 25. Wow time flies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    Yes!

    It's a great book! The best stories are Harold, and Wolf Girl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2001

    Heart attack enducer! ;)

    The first time I ever got a taste of the pure horror of a scary story was when my cousin read me his Scary Stories To Read In The Dark 3 when I was five years old, I've never slept good since then. Now I've collected all three books and read every story about a hundred times each, first time experiences in this book include Harold, The Dream, and Bloody Marry...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2001

    Awesome book

    THis book rox! If you like being scared this book is great! (Look at the picture of 'The Thing' for ten minutes)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    These books are AWESOME!!

    I started reading these when I was in second grade or thereabouts, and they totally scared me to death!! The illustrations are sooo incredibly creepy. They really add to the experience. I love the way the author tells the stories... I would lie in bed at night reading them, and my heart would be pounding and my eyes would be bugging out. There's just something about them that I can't quite place... All I can say is that these are REALLY great for anyone of any age that's interested in reading some good terrifying literature. I haven't found a better collection of scary stories yet.

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