For adults of a certain age, there are universal scary experiences that are shared when you’re a kid. For some it’s the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Zeebo the Clown on Are You Afraid of the Dark? And there was one book that has been terrorizing children since the first in the series hit bookstores and libraries in 1981. I’m talking, of course, about Alvin Schwartz’s collection of haunted folk tales Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.
With original illustrations by Stephen Gammell that haunted all of our nightmares and were even redrawn for future printings, the Scary Stories franchise was the “most challenged” series of books in the 1990’s and seventh most challenged in the 2000’s (probably because the illustrations had been changed by then). Producer and director Cody Meirick has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to produce Scary Stories: A Documentary, a film about the classic gothic children’s series.
The doc promises to explore the journey of Alvin Schwartz’s compiling of the selected stories and Stephen Gammell’s iconic artwork as well as the history of challenging and censoring children’s literature and the history of gothic children’s folklore. Meirick has already conducted interviews with various experts on children’s and gothic literature, a representative from the American Library Association, artists and others. Meirick is looking to raise funds to conduct additional interviews, music and animation, among other things.
I know this is the type of documentary that I’d like to see! The campaign has just a little over a month to go and their goal is $28,000. You can donate to Scary Stories: A Documentary right here!