Scary Stories for Sleep-overs

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Scary Stories for Sleep-overs
Second volume in the series.

AuthorR.C. Welch
Q.L. Pearce
Don L. Wulffson
Craig Strickland
Allen B. Ury
Mark Kehl
IllustratorRicardo Delgado
Bartt Warbuton
Dwight Been
CountryUnited States
GenreTerror, children's
PublisherPrice Stern Sloan
Media typePrint
Followed byScary Mysteries for Sleep-overs

Scary Stories for Sleep-overs is a series of terror children's books written by R.C. Welch, Q.L. Pearce, and various other authors and illustrated by Ricardo Delgado, Bartt Warbuton, Dwight Been and others throughout the series. The series was enormously popular, publishing millions of copies and ten initial volumes between the years of 1991 and 1999. The series even produced several one-shot novels and a spin-off series, Scary Mysteries for Sleep-overs. Reaching its peak popularity in the mid-1990s, this was Price Stern Sloan's answer to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.[1][2][3]


Reprint of the 1st book in the series, now numbered.

A handful of stories from the first and fourth books in the series have since been released on audiobook in cassette form. The series spawned a compilation book, The Scary Stories for Sleep-overs Almanac, three individual novels, Scary Stories for Sleep-overs: A Novel, and a spin-off series, Scary Mysteries for Sleep-overs. A boxed set was released containing many of the stories from the series. Taking a cue from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, this series was also among the most challenged series of books from 1990 to 1999.[4][5]


Usually released one a year, one selected author would write 11 anthology-style stories per volume. Each illustrator would create at least one dark illustration per story. The series hit its stride in the mid-1990s when author Q.L. Pearce was selected to write the bulk of the series starting with the second volume. The books were soon reprinted with each book clearly labeled with a number. After the release of the 7th volume the books were shortened to 7 or 8 stories per volume and continued to swap authors each year until the series ended in 1999.

Most stories featured young, troubled protagonists who found themselves facing a paranormal situation or antagonist against their better judgment. Most stories would feature a twist ending, leaving the fate of the main character dead, trapped or uncertain. This device was used most often as a moral tool for readers. Most of the suspense came from dark story-telling, which left room for uncertainty from story to story.

Scary Stories for Sleep-overs series (1991–1999)[edit]

# Title Author Original published date Pages ISBN
1Scary Stories for Sleep-oversR.C. WelchAugust 6, 1991126978-0-8431-2914-4
Stories include: The Hermit of Collins Peak, Dead Giveaway, The Gift, A Camping Trip, Mummy's Little Helper, Shadow Play, The Dollhouse, Frankenkid, The Girl of Their Dreams, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, The Thrill Seekers Club.
2More Scary Stories for Sleep-oversQ.L. PearceAugust 30, 19921380-843-13451-8
Stories include: Swimming Lessons, Wish Fulfillment, The Box, Green Thumb, Nightmare, What's the Matter with Marvin?, Crying Wolf, No Laughing Matter, Family Ties, Nine Lives, The Lesson.
3Still More Scary Stories for Sleep-oversQ.L. PearceJune 4, 19931280-843-13588-3
Stories include: Night of the Kii-Kwan, A Special Pair, The Gunslinger, The Slime Mutants of Clear Lake, The Storm, Homecoming, Portrait of Evil, All the Time in the World, Household Help, The Snow Cave, The Fabulous Flyers.
4Even More Scary Stories for Sleep-oversQ.L. PearceAugust 25, 19941270-843-13746-0
Stories include: The Tune of Horror, The Shape of Fear, Feast of the Hungry Ghosts, The Invitation, Camp Colby, The Pact, By Any Means, The Power of the Mind, Family Reunion, Nightmare on Sugar Dome, Danger Island.
5Super Scary Stories for Sleep-oversQ.L. PearceAugust 24, 19951280-843-13915-3
Stories include: Flesh and blood, The Room at the End of the Hall, It Waits, The Roadside Attraction, The Rocking Horse, Cave Dwellers, A Dead Man's Chest, The Hole in the Ceiling, The Family Honor, A Face in the Crowd, Terror in the Center Ring.
6More Super Scary Stories for Sleep-oversQ.L. Pearce1995127978-1-56565-563-8
Stories include: Legend, The Colony, Air Waves, Dead Letter Office, The Wrath of Pele, Faithful Friends, Bungalow 14, The gift, Adrift, The Final Draft, The Exchange.
7Mega Scary Stories for Sleep-oversDon L. WulffsonAugust 22, 19961260-843-18219-9
Stories include: Corpse of Mr. Porter, Death Sight, Fountain of Terror, Wax Coffins, Electric Girl, Castle of Veins, Brain Pictures, Terror in Room 519, Return from Nowhere, Dead Boy's Clothes, Monster Bait.
8Scary Stories for Sleep-overs #8Craig StricklandAugust 1, 1997961-565-65714-4
Stories include: Spiderbites, Bloodmobile, Bone Girl, Things from the Jungle, The Black Balloon, Sleep-over at Annette's, Christmas at Mountain Hollow.
9Scary Stories for Sleep-overs #9Allen B. UryAug 1, 1998961-565-65895-7
Stories include: Boy Inside, Girl in the Attic, Rules is Rules, Sound Bites, Night Horrors, Faces, Scratcher, Shop Till You Drop.
10Scary Stories for Sleep-overs #10Mark KehlJune 1, 1999960-737-30114-7
The latest in the multimillion-copy-selling Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs series delivers enough fright to scare even the most seasoned horror buff Black-line illustrations make the stories in this collection even more chilling. Stories include: The Crispy Hand, Where the Buffalo Roam, Attack of the Munchies, Rising Horror, The Baby-sitter, Michele's Magical Make-over, Hell on Wheels.
SThe Scary Stories for Sleep-overs AlmanacMichelle GhaffariJanuary 1, 1997791-565-65829-9
The title features the true stories of the bizarre and horrifying, terrifying historical figures, peculiar places, frightening folklore, the eerist in entertainment, wretched recipes, outrageous activities, and so much more.

Scary Stories for Sleep-overs novels (1996–1997)[edit]

# Title Author Original published date Pages ISBN
1The Living Ghost: Scary Stories for Sleep-overs: A NovelAllen B. UryJuly 1, 1996961-565-65520-6
When she is accidentally exposed to a beam of radiation while on a school field trip, thirteen-year-old Anne is able to become invisible and to see the malevolent creature that has been plaguing her.
2Lost in Terror Valley: Scary Stories for Sleep-overs: A NovelAllen B. UryJuly 15, 1996961-565-65522-2
While on vacation in Utah, fourteen-year-old Bill Nash, his twin sister, and their parents survive the crash of their van only to find themselves in a place full of prehistoric animals and futuristic robots.
3Tomb of Eternity: Scary Stories for Sleep-overs: A NovelAllen B. UryMay 19971211-565-65605-9
Tomb of Eternity takes young readers on a mind-bending journey with Ashley and Justin Crane, two normal midgraders who find themselves trapped in a very abnormal situation - in an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus.

Scary Mysteries for Sleep-overs series (1996–1997)[edit]

# Title Author Original published date Pages ISBN
1Scary Mysteries for Sleep-oversAllen B. UryMay 7, 19961260-843-18220-2
Stories include: Doppelganger, Deadman's Curve, Public Enemy, Suspended Animation, Foxboro Ghost, Hackers, Nothing to be Afraid of, Scenic Route, Into Thin Air, Joy Ride Revisited.
2More Scary Mysteries for Sleep-oversAllen B. UryMay 7, 19961280-843-18221-0
Stories include: Torture Chamber, Bad Attitude, Money Pit, Bloodlines, People Next Door, Babe, Case of the Very Bad Baby Sitter, Mirror Image, Teddy, Dog Ate My Homework.
3Still More Scary Mysteries for Sleep-oversAllen B. UryApril 14, 19971250-843-17955-4
Stories include: Brain Drain, Secret Admirer, Clear Channel from Beyond, The Girl Most Likely to..., Strange Visitors, Jungle Fever, The Tip of the Iceberg, Swimming Lessons, Easy Pickin's, Flight to Infinity.
4Even More Scary Mysteries for Sleep-oversAllen B. UryApril 14, 19971280-843-17956-2
Stories include: A Lotto Murder, Live & Learn, Checkmate, Call Me Jody, Stringer, Body Donor, The Beacon, Exclusive Interview, Bear Facts, The Mother Lode.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Welch, Robert C. (1991). Scary Stories for Sleep-overs. ISBN 084312914X.
  2. ^ Pearce, Q.L.; Warburton, B. (1992). More scary stories for sleep-overs. Price Stern Sloan. ISBN 9780843134513. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  3. ^ "Scary Stories for Sleep-overs series by R.C. Welch". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  4. ^ "Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs 1 by R. C. Welch | 9780843129144 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  5. ^ "Juvenile Series and Sequels: Title: Scary Stories...Sleep-Overs | - Mid-Continent Public Library". Retrieved 2015-06-24.