The long history of horror fiction is a nightmare parade of ghosts, demons, murderers, monsters, zombies and other unspeakable entities. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of these spooky tales.
The fountainhead of vampire fiction was written by Bram Stoker. (Don’t worry horror fans, the questions in this quiz get more difficult.)
"The Haunting of Hill House" concerns a paranormal investigator seeking proof in a house known for tragic death.
The vampires invade Los Angeles.
"American Psycho" is about Patrick Bateman, a suave Wall Street broker who murders people without a shred of remorse and really loves Whitney Houston.
Martin previously wrote under the name Poppy Z. Brite but has retired from writing.
Joe Hill's parents are Stephen and Tabitha King.
Wong posted "John Dies at the End" for free on his website before it was purchased by a publisher and released as a paperback.
"The Turn of the Screw" is by Henry James, who also wrote "The Portrait of a Lady."
Each of those classics was written by Edgar Allan Poe.
Rice's vampire novels, including "Interview With the Vampire," were incredibly successful.
"The Exorcist" was decried by religious leaders when the movie was released.
Lovecraft's literary legacy is the idea of uncaring cosmic horrors that destroy sanity (or all of humanity) on a whim.
Horace Walpole's use of supernatural elements in "The Castle of Otranto" was so unexpected that it was originally published as a "translation" of a medieval text, rather than the contemporary novel it was.
Shelley started work on "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" when she was only 18 years old.
King struggled to write "Carrie," fearing he couldn’t identify with the problems of a teenage girl (albeit one with telekinetic powers).
"Something Wicked This Way Comes" is a horror classic.
Barker wrote the screenplay for "Hellraiser" and directed it.
Tananarive Due wrote the unsettling "The Between."
"World War Z" describes a zombie apocalypse as if it were a historical event.
It's a particle accelerator to blame in "The Rising."
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Straub's "Ghost Story" is a tale of haunting and vengeance and was much more commercially successful than his earlier, nonhorror novels.
The family behind "The Amityville Horror" later admitted it was a hoax, but it's still a terrific ghost story.
"The Bighead" is truly, truly vile and disgusting. For some horror fans, that's a warning. For others, it's more of a challenge.
"The King in Yellow" is unsettlingly strange.
"Whispers" was a big hit for Dean Koontz, though he'd been writing novels for 10 years when it was released in 1980.
The first issue of Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" was published in 2003.
"The Missing" is a variation on the cannibal zombie theme.
"30 Days of Night" was made into a commercially successful movie.
The "culling song" is a poem that kills — the novel is about the quest to find and destroy every copy of it.