Digital release May 7, 2019

DVD release July 16, 2019



This intriguing documentary explores the history and background of one of the most controversial works of modern children’s literature: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. In the 1980s and 1990s in elementary libraries across the United States these books developed a growing interest from boys and girls who were taken in by the gothic tales, the whimsical tone, and the ghostly illustrations. Now the Scary Stories book series stands as the most challenged children’s book of the last 30 years and a testament to the power of something that is often taken for granted: a good scary story.


Scary Stories: A Documentary is accompanied by a dark synthwave 80s influenced musical score by composer E.K. Wimmer. Containing 20+ tracks soaked in nostalgia, Wimmer's use of synthesizers and drum machines pays proper homage to  John Carpenter and other pioneers of 80s synth horror soundtracks while offering a modern take on the genre, setting the perfect mood to learn about the classic children's stories that captivated a nation.

Preview tracks from the score below