YMMV / The Elder Scrolls In-Universe Books

  • Crazy Awesome: Vivec in The 36 Lessons of Vivec.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • The Red Kitchen Reader becomes a lot creepier when you realize the author's description of the "Red Kitchen" in Cheydinal closely matches the Cheydinal Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary.
    • The Twist Ending of A Dance In Fire where both of Scotti's contacts in Valenwood end up becoming a main course was a rather nasty surprise, but upon looking back the reader will notice some disturbing foreshadowing as early as the end of chapter 5. When Scotti finally finds Jurus and Basth both are noted to be extremely fat and Jurus in particular mentions never having turned down food when it was offered to him. In other words, the Bosmer were fattening both men up and likely planning on eating them long before Scotti even arrived!
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?:
    • The 36 Lessons of Vivec. Somebody must have found some interesting substances before writing those.
      • Whiskey, cigarettes, sleep deprivation, a single-session read of Alistair Crowley's The Book Of The Law (of which the 36 Lessons contains several direct references such as 'I am not of the slaves that perish") and being naked in a dark room lit only by the glow of a word processor on a computer screen is the apocryphal account of how Kirkbride came up with it. Unknown whether this is true.
    • Ruminations on the Elder Scrolls in Skyrim was actually written by an author who was on something. An actual Elder Scroll is, apparently, one hell of a drug.
      • If you use the Elder Scroll you get during Skyrim any other time besides learning the Dragonrend Shout, you find out that it is indeed one hell of a (fortunately brief) trip.