Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a 1981 collection of creeptastic tales for kids penned by Alvin Schwartz and originally (and fantastically) illustrated by Stephen Gammell. It was also widely challenged at public libraries around the country and even banned at many school libraries. Why were they so controversial and what was their allure for a generation? Filmmakers Cody Merck and David Thomas investigate in their forthcoming documentary Scary Tales.
You can still find all three volumes of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" with Gammell's illustrations at used bookstores and Amazon.