Know your Carrie from your Christine?

Do you know your Carrie from your Christine? Do you know better than to visit Jerusalem’s Lot for a malted milk after dark? What’s the actual name for the clown (who’s also a spider and immortal inter-dimensional doomsayer) who promises to give you a balloon if only you’d come a little closer to the storm drain?

We’re more likely to talk about Stephen King’s awkwardly titled On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft here but this echidna remembers, with a fond hue, evenings spent cradling the bedside lamp, mightily summoning the strength and will to turn yet another page of Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary or The Ten O’Clock People.

King being all kingly

We’ve read a handful of King’s writings but are by no means experts so we spent a couple of minutes this afternoon testing our mettle in BBC Radio 4’s Stephen King Quiz.

The quiz marks BBC’s Fright Night, a series of spooky readings and performances including Sex in the City’s Kim Cattrall reading Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby and a three-part adaptation of King’s The Cookie Jar.

Let us know how you fared in the comments, and don’t forget to check out some of Stephen King’s writing tips and King’s thoughts on the commercialisation of literature.


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