The Slithery Dee

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The slithery dee,

He came out of the sea;

He ate all the others,

But he didn’t eat me.

The slithery dee, He came out of the sea;

He ate all the others,

But he didn’t eat—

SL-U-R-P…

 This was taken from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz with illustrations by Stephen Gammel. The stories were collected from many sources and those sources are credited in the back of the book, but I couldn’t find the original author for this one.

The SStTitD series terrified me as a kid, which is probably why it was so popular at the time. The Slithery Dee was not one of my favorite parts then, but I like it more now. The figure in the illustration is supposed to be the narrator, I think. The titular ‘Dee’ is not shown and barely described. I would imagine it was probably slithery.

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