Make horrid scars and gashes.


George S. Irving "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz" (Caedmon, TC1794, 1986)

I could probably do with a cleaner copy of this record, but since it contains some great stories I decided to post it in time for Halloween rather than seek out an upgrade (and if one comes along I'll just swap out the zip file).

UPDATE: The ass-kickingly generous Dr. Terror was gracious enough to upload a totally great sounding rip in the comments section here, so I've separated out the tracks, re-tagged it & uploaded it w/ album art over the original zip. If you downloaded the earlier version (sourced from my static-laden LP) I think you'll find this new version to be a drastic improvement. Thanks again Dr. Terror!

UPDATE II: Some folks were having trouble extracting a few of the files, so hopefully the third time's the charm here

Sourced from folklore scholar Alvin Schwartz's 1981 collection of the same name, "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark" features a familiar batch of concepts at work (opener "The Big Toe" is even mentioned in the liner notes as "having almost as many variants as storytellers"), but Irving is clearly having fun with the material and the addition of background music makes the LP almost seem more like an early '70's Troll record (click here and here for examples) than many of Caedmon's other offerings. Still it IS clearly Caedmon -- the literary angle is high, and the mix of jokey quick sketches and creepier bits work well together in conjuring up the intended sleep over/ campfire/ dark room vibe, making the album well suited for kids who like a few hackles.

"So put on the recording, sit back with a friend (or alone, if you dare), and let your flesh crawl. AND TURN OUT THOSE LIGHTS!"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this record sounds anything like the cover (scary and funny) it should be great! Can't wait to hear it. Your blog is awesome!Thanks!

10/27/2006 8:42 AM

Blogger Will S. said...

The book series was hugely popular when I was in grade school in the early 90's and the teachers were always anxious to bust them out whenever the leaves started to turn. It has been so many years since I have set foot in an elementary school and I wonder if Hallowe'en is still as big as it used to be.

10/27/2006 9:14 AM

Blogger John AKA Reggaexx said...

I actually have this on cassette, minus the pops and scratches... I'll see if I can dig it up and if it's still playable I'll see if I can get a decent rip outta it! I love "Me Tie Dough-Ty Walker" - the first time I gave it a listen that scream at the end scared the shit out of me - and I was in high school at the time!

10/27/2006 9:27 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I found an old Woolworth's department store commercial from '76 on YouTube that features Halloween costumes and the "Sounds to Make You Shiver" LP. Check it out.

10/27/2006 9:45 AM

Blogger Dr.Terror said...

I have a nice version, unfortunatly it's only 2 tracks. One side per track.

If you want it let me know where to and how you'd like me to send it (Rapid etc...)

10/27/2006 11:35 AM

Blogger Jason said...

Dr.Terror: Yeah, that would be great! I'm sure I can break it up into tracks & re-post. Any ol' method you want to use to get it to me is cool by me.

10/27/2006 12:00 PM

Blogger Jason said...

oh, and just hit my email on the main page if you want to send it directly to me.

Thanks again!

10/27/2006 12:00 PM

Blogger Dr.Terror said...

10/27/2006 1:02 PM

Blogger Jason said...

Cool, thank you so much sir -- when I get a chance tomorrow I'll slice this on up & retag it.

10/27/2006 1:12 PM

Blogger Dave said...

I had just found one of thes on ebay for about $4.00. Oh Taht'll teach me to wait. Thanks Jason.

10/27/2006 1:31 PM

Blogger Jason said...

Heh, well at least now you'll get ALL of the liner notes, right?

10/27/2006 1:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES!!! My kindergarten teacher always played these for us before "nap time"!

10/27/2006 1:50 PM

Blogger Dave said...

Actually the one I got is the cassette version also Jason. Hopefully it still has some of the liner notes included with it.

10/27/2006 2:02 PM

Blogger Tiki-Tim said...

Hey Jason....Would you happen to have this Halloween album.."The Cool Ghoul's Phantasmagorical Funny Fonograf Record," on the Artists Records label.This was a local guy here in Cincinnati,Ohio back in the
early 70's.He had a show called Scream-In which was hysterical and lasted about 2 1/2 years.Also,I might have one or two Halloween albums for you that you might not have.Let me know and I'll upload them to you...Tiki-Tim

10/27/2006 4:41 PM

Blogger Dr.Terror said...

I have a half decent copy I'll throw up if Jason dosen't have it.

10/27/2006 6:26 PM

Blogger Tiki-Tim said...

That would be great Dr.Terror......

10/27/2006 6:46 PM

Blogger Dr.Terror said...

Never mind. I have it on a CD and it plays fine in a normal CD player, but it's all jumbled when playing through my PC.

10/27/2006 7:05 PM

Blogger Jason said...

Sorry Tiki-Tim, I haven't been able to find a good copy of that myself. I had a dub of it on tape (that sounded pretty crummy) some years back but even that has gone missing. Maybe another computer will work for you Dr. Terror?

10/28/2006 5:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised no one has commented that this album is narrated by the narrator of "Underdog"! (Also the voice of Riff-Raff, others.) George S. Irving is one of my favorite voice artists.

Max the drunken severed head

10/28/2006 8:09 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alvin Schwartz used to write Superman comics, btw, and is the author of "An Unlikely Prophet", acclaimed by Alan Moore and others...

More info here:

10/30/2006 8:09 AM

Blogger Spunk-Monkey said...

I hesitate to even mention this... but this ZIP appears to contain two corrupt MP3 files (tracks #3 and #8). I cannot extract the two using any archiver I have. I downloaded again, and still had the same problem. Is anyone else seeing this? I wanna hear about the high beams and aligators... ;-)

10/30/2006 1:14 PM

Blogger Dr.Terror said...

There aren't working for me either.


10/30/2006 1:51 PM

Blogger Jason said...

Okay cool -- I'll fix those when I get home.

10/30/2006 2:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


10/31/2006 1:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason, I just downloaded the third burn, now there are 6 corupt files


now I'm worse off:(
any hope of a fourth try?

10/31/2006 7:01 PM

Blogger Dave said...

I got the Cassette of the record the other day. Unfourtunately Jason it didn't include the full graphics like I had hoped. Tiki-Tim:
I just got the The Cool Ghoul's Phantasmagorical Funny Fonograf Record you asked about off ebay in CD form. Not sure how it will be as I'm sure it is a burned copy. I'll post it when it comes in. I've seen the LP on ebay as well.

11/02/2006 12:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the link is broken!

11/10/2006 1:51 AM

Blogger ghost said...

jason , your albums are marvellous ,I'm french,I live in paris and i possess a big collection of "halloween record"
bbc record,power,pickwick,horror record,disneyland record,peter pan,
total recording,cut out cardboard record... ( total 75+ records and tapes)

12/15/2006 2:08 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Id love to have this, but it seems the link is down to the file

10/09/2007 1:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puleeze get this link working again as soon as possible. I'd love to hear this collection of stories.... thank you... Great job, by the way!

10/23/2007 9:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance this is still around somewhere?

10/24/2011 10:11 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, Dr. Terror! Do you still have this? I've been looking for the LP version forever, but can't find it anywhere. Thanks so much!

8/24/2017 9:04 AM


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