When trying to figure out how to properly adapt SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK as a movie, Guillermo Del Toro looked to his own oeuvre for inspiration. Said Del Toro while sitting on a panel at the recent San Diego Comic-Con: “When we started talking about…this about five years ago, I had to think about it…Anthology films are always as bad as the worst story in them—they’re never as good as the best story. Then I remembered in PAN’S LABYRINTH I created a book called the ‘Book of Crossroads’. I thought it could be great if we had a book that reads you, and it writes what you’re most afraid of. Then the theme became stories we tell each other.” Cool.
A facsimile of the book that will appear in the movie entitled SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: THE HAUNTED NOTEBOOK OF SARAH BELLOWS is available for preorder now, if you want to. I won’t share a link to it because I have some antipathy towards it. It smacks of trying to cash in. What new book could ever compare to the original SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK books that inspired the movie? We already have them. We don’t need no steeenking pretenders!