The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book

Posted: May 12, 2005

Stephen King as trivia. Well, that has been done earlier in books but not quite the same way as in The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book by Brian Freeman and Bev Vincent.

For starters they got the fans themselves to ask the questions, which I donít think has been done before. They also got Glenn Chadbourne to illustrate the book with really nice black and white drawings. The illustrations are also used as questions. It can be a drawing of a car and then the question is something like ďwhat is the carís nameĒ? A really interesting concept. Itís different from the usual way of asking questions and the mix of these pictures and text question in nice, good job!

The book contains over 1,000 questions and varies between the really easy ones that everyone will probably know to the really hard ones that the authors themselves probably had problems with. And the book also contains a hints section. Here is where you go if you donít know the answer but still want another chance before peeking at the answers. Gives the book an extra dimensionÖ

Even if the prime reason to get this book is the questions you will probably be surprised over how cool the illustrations are. They are like nothing I have ever seen and they capture Kingís feeling perfectly!

The book also includes an introduction by Bev Vincent and an afterword by SKEMERs founder Michelle L. Revelle. Here afterword, in which she tells the history of SKEMERs, is quite interesting. Even though Iíve been a member since sometime in 1995/96 I didnít know all of its history. The members of SKEMERs contributed with most of the questions for the book.

The book is released in trade paperback (the one with the blue cover), hardback (the one with the brown cover) and a limited edition. If youíre a collector you might want to go for the limited edition in which you also get a piece of Glenn Chadbourne original artwork that was used in the book. Otherwise one of the other editions will do you fine. The hardback will probably survive more readings so it may be worth investing in that oneÖ

Lilja's final words about The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book

If you like to test your skills on King this is definitely THE book to do it with. It covers most parts of Kingís life and career so you get a wide spectra of questions, in a wide range of difficulties. Itís the ultimate trivia book if you ask me.

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