Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark is a series of three children's books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The scary stories of the title are pieces of folklore and urban legends collected and adapted by Schwartz. The titles of the books are Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark, and Scary Stories 3 : More Tales to Chill Your Bones. The first volume was published in 1986, and the books have subsequently been collected in both a box set and a single volume. There is also an audiobook version of each book, read by George S. Irving. Scary Stories appeared first on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000.