Scary stories often seem to be passed on from person to person until they become a kind of folklore. For instance, we've all sat around a campfire and heard the story of the babysitter who is haunted by mysterious, silent (except for breathing, of course) phone calls. We're all familiar with Bloody Mary, the terrifying ghost who appears in mirrors — a favorite ghost story for slumber parties. We've all memorized tales of murderers hiding in backseats of cars and innocent humans being buried alive.
But what scary stories are still out there to tell? And what is the right mix of scary for the very youngest fans of horror, who want the thrills the genre offers but also have parents who need them to sleep soundly at night?
A new Capstone series, Michael Dahl's Really Scary Stories, captures all kinds of frights, from encounters with monsters and aliens to mysterious knocking in the middle of a dark night to a small porcelain doll that comes to life. Wholly original tales created with the youngest horror fans in mind, these stories are just the right amount of scary for early elementary students.