When I made the list of scary stories read aloud, I was thinking of Are You Afraid of the Dark? in the back of my mind. In my perusal of the bookish channels on YouTube, I stumbled across a full episode called “The Tale of the Bookish Babysitter,” which was one of my favorites when I was a kid. Turns out that most (but not all) of the episodes are posted, too. After wasting a few hours reliving my childhood, I thought I would share my joy with all you other children of the 90s. Here are a look at 4 of the more bookish episodes.
“The Tale of the Dream Machine“
An aspiring writer finds a typewriter that makes everything written come true — including the impending death of his best friend.
“The Tale of the Bookish Babysitter”
A TV-obsessed boy is left with a babysitter who teaches the child the wonders of reading – by using magic to take him inside stories.
“The Tale of the Quiet Librarian”
Two children find themselves locked in the local library after hours – and haunted by the ghost of Ms. Gregor, a strict librarian who kills her victims by silencing them.
“The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner”
Ethan Wood, a would-be comic book artist and fan, buys the first issue of The Ghastly Grinner, a comic book featuring a Joker-esque clown villain who turns his victims into drooling, giggling idiots and the writer of the comic has suddenly disappeared. The comic fan inadvertently brings the Grinner to the real world after microwaving the comic book to dry it out after it got soaked.
August 2017 Update: The episodes above had been removed from YouTube, so the links have been updated.