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Desc:So many childhood nightmares :(
Category:Educational, Crime
Tags:puma, hillary, Chris matthews, wingnut
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Date:09/05/08
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Comment count is 27
Cleaner82
The real star of these books was that artist. So much nightmare fuel in those pictures.
FeeFiFoFoTheFifeFifeBrown
Yeah. I still own the Scary Stories books for that reason. They're the only children's books on my shelves.

FangoftheCobras
My Family made our own audio books of this series. good good memories.
freedoom
I remember this book but not this story. so what did they singing from the darkness and the talking dog have to do with the bloody head in the chimney?
robotkarateman
Nothing, these are Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. You're supposed to read them out loud. Just about every story in these books has a "BOO!" kind of ending which makes the whole story kind of pointless.

Merzbau
Oh god, I remember these. Not just the tapes, but the damn illustrations too. Stephen J. Gammell, you owe me for years of therapy.

What I didn't remember, though, were "Kimchi Kali-Ma dingo dingo" and the Final Countdown keyboards. Somewhat less scary now.

Instant 5 stars for the related Youtube videos, though. Going to watch all of these now.
Merzbau
...what the hell is up with the tags, though?

Jeff Fries
The Hearse Song is the only one that really needs to be in audio form. You spread it on a slice of bread, and that's what you eat when you are dead.

Jeff Fries
This story in particular makes no sense.

buttnutt
This is awesome. I never heard the audiobook versions.
Cleaner82
"Harold" is one of the related videos. Oh, that story...

... the reader is a dork unfortunately, so just read it somewhere.
Merzbau
Oh man, I remember that one now. Total nightmare fuel.

Fur is Murder
Dear God. That scream at the end gave me chills.

I have a history with these audiobooks as well. One story in particular scared me so badly (it was the one about the vampire with the big yellow eyes looking through the window) that I kept my bedroom curtains and shades closed for about three months because I was afraid it would be out there, looking in at me.
Bitter with a side of Rice
That story broke me for the rest of my life. I STILL don't much like looking out windows at night.

dead_cat
I've always wondered - was there any meaning at all to the "lyrics" from this story, or was it all just nonsense-talk chosen because it sounded slightly creepy?
Zhou Fang
IIRC most of these were adapted from various folk tales, so I imagine it was just nonsense words that had a nice ring to them.


"And the rats in the walls... STARTED TO PLAY THEIR KEYBOARDS"

racetraitor
These pictures still kind of creep me out a little.
Rovin
I've got a collections of these on audio, they're great. You can get the books in one big hardcover omnibus edition now, too.

For the comments on what the story's supposed to mean - the story's not supposed to really MEAN anything. The idea is, you tell the story while sitting at a campfire or something, while in a group. It's all about building tension to the part at the end where you scream, thus scaring the shit out of everyone else.

Coherency isn't the goal of this sort of story, soiled underpants is.
Binro the Heretic
Jesus fucking Christ, this was from a CHILDRENS' book!?!
kennydra
Oh man I loved these books as a kid. I would read them alone in my room at night, all engrossed in the spooky stories, and I'd flip the page and BAM! Full page scary face with eyes all scooped out where I was expecting words to be. That scared the shit out of me every time, and I'd actually hold the page up to a light to see if there was a scary drawing on the other side before turning the page, hahah!

Man, those drawings still kinda freak me out, to tell the truth.
leifthorrsman
Yep, the drawings themselves where what fueled nightmares for years. The tales would be laughable if it weren't for the creepy illustrations that accompanied them.
Cleaner82
There was one that depicted a spider egg bursting on a girl's face, and it had the spiders running down her cheek. I literally could not look at that picture. I had it marked so I could skip over it.

heyitslozeau
did anyone else have these banned from their elementary school libraries?
B. Weed
The narrator's Heat Miser!

Hey Chet, maybe you can fix the tags to reflect this?
ihounokyaku

mobius
OH JESUS

THIS IS IT.

THIS IS THE AUDIOBOOK I LISTENED TO AS A LATCHKEY KID AND ABOUT PISSED MYSELF WITH TERROR.

HOLY SHIT THANK YOU FOR FINDING THIS.
FABIO
Pretty munch what everyone else said. Illustrations, therapy, terrified of windows at night.

Damn was the 3rd book disappointing though. Not only was so a shitload shorter than the others, but half of it was taken up by a boring poltergeist documentary story.
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