By Alvin Schwartz
"The Dead Man's Brains" is the eighteenth story included in the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It takes the form of a poem which lists tips on how to play a game called "The Dead Man's Brains".
Categories: Fictional, Poem, Game
This scary story is a scary game that people play at Halloween. But it can be played whenever the spirit moves you.
The players sit in a circle in a darkened room and listen to a storyteller describe the rotting remains of a corpse. Each part is passed around for them to feel.
In one version, a player is out if he or she screams or gasps with fright. In another version, everybody stays to the end, no matter how scared they get.
Here is the story:
Once in this town there lived a man named Brown. It was years ago, on this night, that he was murdered out of spite.
We have here his remains.
First, let's feel his brains. (A wet, squishy tomato)
Now here are his eyes, still frozen with surprise. (Two peeled grapes)
This is his nose. (A chicken bone)
Here is his ear. (A dried apricot)
And here is his hand, rotting flesh and bone. (A cloth or rubber glove filled with mud or ice)
But his hair still grows. (A handful of corn silk or wet fur or yarn)
And his heart still beats, now and then. (A piece of raw liver)
And his blood still flows. Dip your fingers in it. It's nice and warm. (A bowl of catsup thinned with warm water)
That's all there is, except for these worms. They are the ones that ate the rest of him. (A handful of wet, cooked spaghetti noodles)
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