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.
Last year we told you the movie adaptation was in the pipeline- this is very exciting news for horror fans, and fans of the original books. 2019’s Superbowl included some excellent teaser trailers for Guillermo del Toro’s project and really sets the tone for the movie. It looks to be as freaky as the book’s original illustrations, sprinkled with del Toro magic!
Check out the trailers below… Don’t have nightmares…
“It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time-stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.”
The movie is set to be released on the 9th of August and is directed by André Øvredal. The cast includes Zoe Colletti as Stella Nicholls, Michael Garza as Ramón Morales, Austin Abrams as Tommy Milner, Gabriel Rush as Auggie Hilderbrandt, Austin Zajur as Chuck Steinberg, and Natalie Ganzhorn as Ruth Steinburg.
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.