I grew up reading Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as well as the sequels More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. Much like R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, Schwartz’s Scary Stories introduced me and many young readers to the world of horror with its terrifying tales based on urban legends and folklore. The frighteningly awesome artwork by Stephen Gammell, though, was what really creeped me out about the Scary Stories series.
Deadline reports that CBS Films has sprung for a pitch from Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to adapt Alvin Schwartz’s classic spooky tale collection for the big screen. Deadline reports that there was a competitive bidding for the project, which will see Melton and Dunstan adapt some of the short stories into a screenplay about a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life.
This, along with the Jack Black Goosebumps movie, seem to be re-injecting life back into children’s horror. Lets hope Are You Afraid Of The Dark? follows in this recent revival trend because the Midnight Society deserves some love to.