In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories

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In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories
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AuthorAlvin Schwartz
IllustratorDirk Zimmer
CountryUnited States
PublishedAugust 2, 1984

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories is a collection of horror stories, poems and urban legends retold for children by Alvin Schwartz and illustrator Dirk Zimmer. It was published as part of the I Can Read! series in 1984.[1] The book contains seven works: "The Teeth", "In the Graveyard", "The Green Ribbon", "In a Dark, Dark Room", "The Night it Rained", "The Pirate", and "The Ghost of John".


"The Green Ribbon"[edit]

The third story in the book, "The Green Ribbon", follows a girl named Jenny. She always wears a green ribbon around her neck, and meets a boy named Alfred. She refuses to reveal to Alfred why she wears the ribbon, and even when the two are wed, she wears the ribbon. After reaching old age, Jenny lets Alfred untie the ribbon, causing her head to fall onto the floor.[2] "The Green Ribbon" is derived from a French story of unknown origin, which was popularized by Washington Irving's 1824 short story "The Adventure of the German Student".[3][4]


  1. ^ "In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories". I Can Read. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Yapalater, Lauren (March 21, 2017). "For Everyone Who's Still Fucked Up Over That Story About The Girl With The Ribbon Around Her Neck". BuzzFeed. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Peters, Lucia (August 16, 2016). "12 '90s Ghosts That Scared The Pants Off You". Bustle. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  4. ^ Knight, Rosie (May 21, 2018). "The Urban Legends That Inspired SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK". Nerdist. Retrieved August 1, 2019.