Both series revolved around a group of adolescents who referred to themselves as "The Midnight Society". Every week, at a secret location in the woods, one member would tell a scary story to the group. The actual story, rather than the telling, was displayed to the television viewer. The story was shown between the group's arrival at the site and their departure. Each storyteller would begin their story by saying "Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story..." at which point he or she would toss birch bark powder into a campfire to heighten the flames and produce an eerie white smoke. The storyteller would continue by announcing its title (The Tale of...).
The themes of the stories usually revolved around paranormal phenomena, such as ghosts, magic, haunted houses, magical curses, aliens, witches and the like coming into contact with normal teenagers. Usually, the episodes were either filmed in the woods, in abandoned houses, or in public places like schools or libraries.
Sources of these tales varied; many were adaptations of public domain fairytales and short stories or urban legends. For example, "The Tale of the Twisted Claw" is considered to be an adaptation of W.W. Jacobs' short story "The Monkey's Paw".
Many of the horror stories had somewhat "happy" endings; for example, in the episode "The Tale of the Lonely Ghost", a dead child and her elderly mother were reunited. Nearly every story focused on ending with a resolution and the main character's safe escape.
At the end of every episode (with the exception of "The Tale of the Crimson Clown") one character would throw a red bucket of water onto the fire, and the group would leave the campsite.
Where Are They Now?::The Cast
This is a new section that tells all about the cast from diffarent episodes and where they are today. This is on famous people who got there start on Are You Afraid Of The Dark. Many you may recognize.
Eddie Kaye Thomas (Played Matt Dorney in "Tale Of The Curious Camera")
Began acting at the age of seven in his hometown of New York City. By 10, he had appeared in "Richard III" with the Brooklyn Shakespeare Company. He made his Broadway debut at 12 as an understudy in John Guare's Lincoln Center Production of "Four Baboons Adoring The Sun". He has numerous other theater credits as well as his many film roles. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New York.
Some of his movies:
Ryan Gosling (Played Jamie Leary in "Tale Of Station 109.1")
(August 2004) He and Del Toro are making tentative plans to visit the jungle in Bolivia, to learn a few survival skills first-hand for Che.
Some of his movies: