It's probably no shock that Oscar-winning film-maker Guillermo del Toro is a fan of scary stories.

But the new film from the Mexican, whose works include Pan's Labyrinth, Crimson Peak and 2018 Best Picture-winner The Shape of Water, betrays a long-held affection for a particular type.

First published in 1981, Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a collection of short horror stories inspired by urban myths and campfire tales. The kind that often involves the narrator claiming the events happened to their cousin's best friend.

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