(Scary Stories: A Tribute To Terror is an unofficial fan-made tribute)
Curt and I have been best friends for twenty years, and we've both been obsessed with the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books since we first saw them in our elementary school libraries back in the late 80s (yes, we are actually 80s/90s kids). In 2015, we decided that if no one else was going to make a new Scary Stories experience, then we should. So we did! We have spent years analyzing the work of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell. This book is the culmination of that effort.
Scary Stories: A Tribute To Terror is over 150 pages, containing over 30 stories and over 50 illustrations. The stories come from the imagination of author Curt Tuckfield as well as folklore and real occurrences. Like the originals, our stories contain no "adult" language, sex, or extreme graphic violence, but we feel they are psychologically more intense (and dare we say, more frightening?) than the originals. Essentially, we have tried to match the surreal grade school tone of the original books while introducing and amplifying elements that will appeal to an older audience.
The illustrations were all created by Shane using a combination of digital pen and graphite pencil. Together, Shane and Curt have spent years trying to understand and emulate the brilliantly abstract and haunting artwork of Stephen Gammell.
Our goal with this project was simple; to scare ourselves. We made this book in our own free time because we wanted it. We knew that if we didn’t feel like it was an authentic Scary Stories experience, then no one else would either.
This book is our gift to the fans.
All we need now is to put the finishing touches on everything then use the Kickstarter funds to have it edited, printed, and mailed out.
Thank you very much for considering supporting our book. It means a lot to us.
-Shane and Curt
P.S.: Check out this funny promo video we made back in April 2019: