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 Post subject: Alvin Schwartz
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:52 pm 
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He has made SOME OF THE BEST SH*T EVER!

I love Stephen Gammel's illustrations. If I ever write a horror novel, even though it will be for adults, I want him to illustrate it.

Anyone love these books?

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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
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sounds interesting, what books has he written? i LOVE horror novels.

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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
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Oh, I forgot to mention the books he wrote. :lol: Sorry about that.

Alvin Schwartz wrote books on folklore, old tales, superstitions, ect.

He is most famous for his Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark series.

http://www.amazon.com/Scary-Stories-Tel ... 798&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/More-Scary-Storie ... 798&sr=8-2

http://www.amazon.com/Scary-Stories-Tal ... 798&sr=8-4

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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
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oh ok :) thanks!! i'm going to look up some stuff from him on Amazon

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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
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I can not recommend Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books highly enough. I first read them when I was ten or so, and combined with the artwork by Stephen Gammel, they scared the bejabbers out of me. They still do. Rising Dead Man: you know the story in the first book about the ghost of the dead girl buried in the basement, and the picture that goes with it??? AHHHH!!! I'm freaking myself out just thinking about it!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
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Remember the picture in The Thing?


AAAAHHHHHGGGGG!!! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
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oh ok now i know who you guys are talking about :) sorry :oops: i'm a little embarrassed lol

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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! AHHHHH!! AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
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I think the third book was the creepiest.

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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
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Oh the memories! My elementary school had all three in addition to the the young reader's In A Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories back in the early to mid 1900's (all by Alvin Schwartz). However, in more recent times, the books have managed to end up on banned book lists for libraries and many schools no longer have them. :(

I, too cannot recommend these enough! They are excellent short stories, songs, and poems drawn from Schwartz's studies in anthropology. He would basically go around towns in the US and tell stories and ask other kids and people to share their stories with him. Hence, many have the urban legend vibe to them. However, the other ones are down right creepy and brilliant. That and the vivid and sometimes grotesque illustrations make the sorties to die for (sorry for the pun). He also included annotations as to where the sorties originated from.

I ended up buying the three book set on Amazon along with In A Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories a couple of years ago.

Give them a try. If you're older or an adult, enjoy them for what they are and try sharing them with a son/daughter or younger brother/sister.

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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
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The thought of banning books makes me cringe, but I have to say that the pictures in those books could really freak out a smaller kid. I don't know about banning, especially for fourth and fifth graders, but kindergartners and first graders probably shouldn't be able to stumble on it.

Great books, though.


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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
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People have banned books for the word fart. I'm serious! :evil: You can't effin shelter a kid forever!

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 Post subject: Re: Alvin Schwartz
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:12 pm 
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Rising Dead Man wrote:
People have banned books for the word fart.


That really stinks. I mean it's foul, rotten, fetid. Banning books...*holds nose* Phewww! Makes me nauseous. It's putrid. It really, really reeks. Banning books, I'm talking about. :roll:


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