Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is a collection of creepy folk tales collected and retold by Alvin Schwartz, and is very popular among both children and adults. The full collection consists of three books full of creepy tales and creepier images, by Stephen Gammell.
Guillermo del Toro (right) is an award -winning director, filmmaker, and novelist from Mexico, and is known for his films Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water. His unique take on the creepy has taken him to the Golden Globes, Academy Awards, and Cannes Film Festival, with so many nominations and wins that he has a whole Wiki page dedicated to them.
Scary Stories will be his next project, with hopes to creep out as many people as possible!
The movie adaptation of Scary Stories will be co-written and produced by del Toro, and directed by André Øvredal (Trollhunter).
Production is still months away so there is yet to be a release date- keep your eyes peeled for news on For Reading Addicts! Meanwhile it may be time to reread (or read for the first time) the wonderful scary stories that inspired this adaptation. Check out the links below for your won creepy copy.
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
Lisey’s Story came about when, in June 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van and seriously injured. His wife Tabitha decided to redesign his studio while King was in hospital and after seeing his books and belongings in boxes the writer got a glimpse of what it would be like if the accident had been fatal.
Speaking in 2017, Stephen King told Variety:
“Lisey’s Story is my favourite of the books and I would love to see that done, especially now that there’s a kind of openness on the streaming services on TV and even the cable networks. There’s more freedom to do stuff now and when you do a movie from a book, there’s this thing that I call the sitting on a suitcase syndrome. That is where you try to pack in all the clothes at once and the suitcase won’t close. So it’s tough to take a book that is fully textured, and do it in two hours and 10 minutes. But as a TV show you have 10 hours.”
Streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have become increasingly interested in showcasing already-existing stories, which King attributes in part to the success of IT.