Terrifying Tales: Famous Ghost Stories Quiz


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A good ghost story transcends time, and the most beloved tales in this genre are just as likely to send a shiver down your spine as any modern ghost story. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the spookiest stories ever told!

What year did Shirley Jackson release the spooky classic "The Haunting of Hill House"?

Jackson, who also wrote the chilling story "The Lottery," released "The Haunting of Hill House" in 1959.


Who descends into madness in "The Haunting of Hill House"?

Main character Eleanor Vance goes mad after moving into Hill House at the invitation of Dr. John Montague.


How many total wishes can a monkey's paw grant?

In the W.W. Jacobs tale "The Monkey's Paw," each of the mystical paws can grant three wishes to each of three different people.


What is the name of the son in "The Monkey's Paw"?

After her son Herbert dies, Mrs. White wishes him back to life with disastrous consequences.


What classic ghost story is narrated by Arthur Kipps?

Narrator Arthur Kipps tells the story of "The Woman in Black" in the 1983 Susan Hill story.


What fine manor serves as the setting for "The Woman in Black"?

The horrible tale of Arthur Kipps takes place at Eel Marsh House.


What character stars in "The Graveyard Book"?

Nobody "Bod" Owens lives in a creepy cemetery, where he is surrounded by the dead and the less-than-dead.


What river serves as the setting for "The Willows"?

In Algernon Blackwood's "The Willows," a pair of unfortunate boaters cruise down the Danube in eastern Europe.


How many ghosts are in "A Christmas Carol"?

If it weren't a holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol" would make one heck of a ghost story, thanks to its four ghosts.


Who wrote the 1979 novel "Ghost Story"?

Peter Straub became a horror legend with his 1979 novel "Ghost Story," which was made into a 1981 movie by the same name.


What group is featured in "Ghost Story"?

A group of five men who call themselves the Chowder Society reminisce on scary events, which may be linked to a long-ago murder.


Who is the narrator's second wife in "Ligeia"?

After Ligeia dies, the narrator marries Rowena, who dies and transforms into Ligeia in the classic tale by Edgar Allen Poe.


What ghostly tale centers around two children named Miles and Flora?

Miles and Flora are a pair of children haunted by a ghostly couple in "The Turn of the Screw."


Where does "The Turn of the Screw" take place?

The story tells of a governess who moves to a haunted manor house called Bly.


Who wrote "The Turn of the Screw"?

Henry James first published his classic gothic tale in the 1898 compilation "The Two Magics."


What former rocker is haunted in "Heart-Shaped Box"?

Morbid collector Judas Coyne finds himself saddled with a ghost in the 2007 Joe Hill book.


What arrives in the heart-shaped box that's sent to Judas?

The heart-shaped box contains a suit, which carries with it the ghost of its former owner.


What year was "The Shining" novel released?

Stephen King's "The Shining" came out in 1977 and was followed a few years later by a terrifying film of the same name.


What family stars in "The Shining"?

Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy and their son Danny are haunted by unknown forces in the chilling King tale.


What is the name of the hotel in "The Shining"?

The Overlook Hotel and its evil residents attempt to claim the young Danny Torrance as their own in "The Shining."


What haunted establishment serves as the setting for "The Canterville Ghost"?

The 1887 Oscar Wilde short story is set in a haunted castle.


What is the name of the family spooked by spirits in "The Canterville Ghost"?

The Otis family is haunted by Sir Simon after moving into Canterville Chase, despite being warned that the castle is haunted.


Who wrote "The Phantom Rickshaw"?

"The Phantom Rickshaw," published in 1888, was one of many spooky tales by Rudyard Kipling.


Who is the narrator of "The Phantom Rickshaw"?

After he spurns his ex-lover Agnes, narrator Jack is haunted by a mysterious spirit until he ends up with Agnes once again.


What chilling apparition appears in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

The headless spirit of a mounted Revolutionary War soldier haunts the tiny hamlet of Sleepy Hollow.


Who wrote "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

Washington Irving penned the unfortunate tale of Ichabod Crane in 1820.


Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu wrote this early vampire tale.

Le Fanu's "Carmilla" came out in 1872, 25 years before the publication of "Dracula."


What was the first name of the scientist in "Frankenstein"?

In Mary Shelley's 1818 tale, Victor Frankenstein creates an unnamed monster who quickly moves beyond the control of his creator.


What classic horror tale was penned by William Peter Blatty?

Blatty's 1971 novel "The Exorcist" is considered one of the scariest books of all time, and it gets even scarier when you consider that it was inspired by a true story.


What is the name of the main character in "The Exorcist"?

In the 1971 novel, 12-year-old Regan is possessed by demons, prompting an exorcism.


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