Remember our favorite horror stories? About a red hand, green fingers and a black sheet. Or this one: in one black, black city... Or about the hatch in the wall and the hands from the picture? And about the skeleton that crawled out of the piano and demanded a bank of blood from the girl (this was my favorite, and it was a mistake to send me to the music school, yes). Do you remember with what a serious look all this was told by senior comrades? And this feeling when out loud “what the hell, this can’t be,” and then at home in an empty apartment you didn’t really want to leave the habitable corner of the sofa once again? Well, it was a difficult time, we tickled our nerves as best we could, although these tales seem like such childish babble that it is even surprising how already quite adult children, teenagers, could be led by this. Although about baby talk ... Some fairy tales for young children, in my opinion, are much more convincing and scarier than these stories from Pioneer magazine. I still have goosebumps from "Sister Alyonushka, swim out, swim out, to the bank; cast-iron boilers are boiling, damask knives are sharpening, they want to kill me!" And this summer, at the dacha, I read the fairy tale "Vasilisa the Beautiful" to my child with illustrations by Bilibin - remember where the terrible Baba Yaga, and the dead mother, and the revived doll, and solid skulls with luminous eyes? - so then I myself was somehow creepy in the evening to leave the kitchen and lose sight of our grandparents. Chukovsky’s work is no longer as scary as in folk tales, but still quite bloodthirsty: “sharp teeth plunge into the very heart and drink her blood”, “bring your children’s animals to me, I eat them at dinner today”, “It has come it's dark, don't go outside the gates. Whoever gets into the street gets lost and disappears." Well, grown-ups love horror movies, and kids get their fill of thrills this way.
But the world is moving towards humanism (I sincerely believe!), and everything is getting kinder: both cartoons and books. Villains are no longer killed, but simply ... won. Monsters, though scary, are not dangerous, and monster girls are also beautiful. Witches are adorable, skeletons are now mostly where they should be - in anatomy books, but there is no death!