70: “Don’t You Ever Laugh as the Hearse Goes By” – Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

They eat your eyes, they eat your toes – but all we’re asking for is your ears to listen to us revisit SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, the book series featuring stories retold by Alvin Schwartz and nightmare-inducing illustrations by Stephen Gammell. There was nothing more exhilarating to an 80s and 90s tween than flipping through these books under the covers with a flashlight, both hoping for and dreading the scares you’ll get before you go to sleep.

The “Scary Stories” series remains popular with kids, is not so popular with a certain sect of overprotective parents who still hope the books get banned from their children’s libraries, and is finally getting a big-screen adaptation 38 years after the release of the first book. But now that we’re adults, are the stories really all that scary? Are Gammell’s watercolor drawings as creepy as we remember them? And can someone tell us why the car behind us is repeatedly flashing their high beams? Join us for our latest episode — if you dare!

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