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The 'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark' Movie Just Found Its Director, And We're Already Screaming

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If you were a child of the 80s with a taste for the macabre, then chances are pretty good that you grew up with the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark series. Before Goosebumps became the standard for books that were meant to both scare and entertain kids, Alvin Schwartz's iconic book trilogy took the world of children's literature by storm, ending up being equal parts loved and hated by parents worldwide.

Stephen Gammell

The series is notable for not only its gruesome tales of terror, violence, and just plain grossness sometimes, but also for its absolutely iconic illustrations. Illustrated by American children's book cartoonist Stephen Gammell, the book featured some truly disturbing images with splashes of bright primary colors, making it so that kids would be equal parts terrified and fascinated by what they were seeing. Combine this with its stories of folklore and the macabre, and it became a best-seller.

Stephen Gammell

A total of three books in the series were made: Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark in 1981, More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark in 1984, and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones in 1991. While they each sold quite well, there was also quite a bit of controversy surrounding them, as many schools and parents spoke out against them thanks to their macabre imagery and subject matter.

Stephen Gammell

Well, apparently that wasn't enough to dissuade CBS from wanting to make a movie series out of the books. The network acquired the rights to the series in 2013, and it looks like they've now found their director for the first movie...

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