Most of us have spent at least one night huddled around a campfire telling scary stories under the moonlight. Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark were likely in that list of tall tales.
In addition to the “Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark,” Schwartz authored more than fifty books dedicated to and dealing with topics such as folklore and word play, many of which were intended for young readers. Schwartz earned his bachelors degrees from Colby College and a masters in journalism from Northwestern University and reported for The Binghamton Press from 1951 to 1955. During his professional writing career his work had been published by a variety of firms, including Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Bantam Books, and Harper Collins.
One book series of folklore for children was illustrated by Glen Rounds, including the first, A Twister of Twists, a Tangler of Tongues, which was published in 1972.
He is best known for the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series, with its gruesome, nightmarish illustrations by Stephen Gammell. The series was America’s most frequently challenged book (or book series) for library inclusion of 1990-1999. They horror stories about urban legends in their creepiest form were banned for being categorized as being satanic in nature and being to disturbing for children to read.
The books have been challenged for their gruesome illustrations and equally gruesome verbal imagery. They are horror stories about urban legends in their creepiest form. They were banned for being categorized as being satanic in nature and disturbing for children to read.