Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a three-book set of frightening folklore and tales collected by author Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell became the number-one banned books in the country from 1990-1999. Loved by children, despised by many parents, and fiercely fought-for by school librarians, the books had an effect on young readers that remains today even now that those readers are adults. In the video Scary Stories, mastermind Cody Meirick (writer, director, producer) explores every conceivable facet of these books, from why they had such an effect on so many children to how they came to be so maligned by the grown-ups, from the quality and content of the books themselves to the controversy that surrounded them. To this end, he conducted numerous interviews—more than forty are included in this video—talking not only to folklorists, librarians, and other horror authors, but also to Alvin Schwartz's wife, son, and grandson, as well as one of the parents who led the battle to have the books banned from her own school library. The video is an excellent analysis of why these stories were so important when they first emerged, and why they are still so important today. Folklore is a touchstone of our culture, and the time and painstaking care Alvin Schwartz put into collecting and rewriting them should be both appreciated and celebrated. The illustrations (sheer nightmare tales all on their own) provided by Stephen Gammell continue to be copied and reproduced, whether as pictures, sculpture, or even tattoos. Clearly, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark were not just little books for schoolchildren to read at night. They proved to be a phenomenon in their own right. Ultimate fanboy, gifted writer, talented interviewer, and detail-loving producer Cody Meirick has managed to capture the essence and the magnitude of that phenomenon in this fun and enthralling video. Even if you, or your children, grew up reading these books, prepare to learn something entirely new about them.