From Gothic Gloom to Splatterpunk Gore: The Horror Fiction Quiz

By: Ed Grabianowski

From Gothic Gloom to Splatterpunk Gore: The Horror Fiction Quiz
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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 classic gothic horror novel "Dracula" is by what author?
Bram Stoker
The fountainhead of vampire fiction was written by Bram Stoker. (Don’t worry horror fans, the questions in this quiz get more difficult.)
Ann Radcliffe
Edgar Allan Poe

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Shirley Jackson wrote a 1959 novel that is widely considered one of the best ghost stories of all time. It was adapted into movies twice. What was it called?
"The Haunting of Hill House"
"The Haunting of Hill House" concerns a paranormal investigator seeking proof in a house known for tragic death.
"They Live"
"The Turn of the Screw"

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In Robert R. McCammon's "They Thirst," vampires conduct a brutal takeover of what American city?
Wichita, Kansas
Chicago
Los Angeles
The vampires invade Los Angeles.

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Brett Easton Ellis' 1991 novel "American Psycho" is about …
a murderous spirit that has been possessing people and forcing them to commit murder since the 1600s
a circus clown who murders children
a Wall Street broker who is also a serial killer
"American Psycho" is about Patrick Bateman, a suave Wall Street broker who murders people without a shred of remorse and really loves Whitney Houston.

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"Lost Souls," "Drawing Blood" and "Exquisite Corpse" are horror novels by author Billy Martin, who at the time they were written went by what name?
Poppy Z. Brite
Martin previously wrote under the name Poppy Z. Brite but has retired from writing.
Zelda Morgan
Byron Gideon

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Joe Hill, who has written four successful novels ("Heart-Shaped Box," "Horns," "NOS4A2" and "The Fireman"), is the son of what horror author?
Anne Rice
Stephen King
Joe Hill's parents are Stephen and Tabitha King.
Peter Straub

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David Wong's comedy horror novel "John Dies at the End" was originally published how?
as an e-book only available within the online video game "World of Warcraft"
as a hardcover by a major publisher
as a free serialized story on Wong's website
Wong posted "John Dies at the End" for free on his website before it was purchased by a publisher and released as a paperback.

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"The Turn of the Screw" is a classic ghostly novella, adapted to film numerous times and written by what author?
Henry James
"The Turn of the Screw" is by Henry James, who also wrote "The Portrait of a Lady."
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Who wrote "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Conqueror Worm" and "The Masque of the Red Death"?
H.P. Lovecraft
Edgar Allan Poe
Each of those classics was written by Edgar Allan Poe.
Arthur Conan Doyle

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What novel is Anne Rice most well-known for?
"Interview With the Vampire"
Rice's vampire novels, including "Interview With the Vampire," were incredibly successful.
"The Exorcist"
"The Amityville Horror"

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What William Peter Blatty novel, released in 1971, was made into a controversial movie with the same title?
"The Exorcist"
"The Exorcist" was decried by religious leaders when the movie was released.
"Cujo"
"Rosemary's Baby"

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H.P. Lovecraft is known for pioneering what kind of horror?
unknowable cosmic entities from beyond time and space
Lovecraft's literary legacy is the idea of uncaring cosmic horrors that destroy sanity (or all of humanity) on a whim.
masked serial killers
doomed gothic romances with supernatural elements

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What was the first novel to use supernatural elements?
"The Mysteries of Udolpho"
"The Vampyre"
"The Castle of Otranto"
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.

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What is the full title of the iconic horror novel written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley?
"Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus"
Shelley started work on "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" when she was only 18 years old.
"Frankenstein; a Tale of Man's Hubris"
"Frankenstein; the Monster Within"

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What was Stephen King's first novel?
"Cujo"
"The Shining"
"Carrie"
King struggled to write "Carrie," fearing he couldn’t identify with the problems of a teenage girl (albeit one with telekinetic powers).

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Ray Bradbury's horror novel about an evil entity working at a traveling carnival and tempting people with their deepest desires is called …
"Something Wicked This Way Comes"
"Something Wicked This Way Comes" is a horror classic.
"The Man in the High Castle"
"Dark Carnival"

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Clive Barker's "The Hellbound Heart" was adapted (by Barker) into what movie?
"Fright Night"
"Candyman"
"Hellraiser"
Barker wrote the screenplay for "Hellraiser" and directed it.

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"The Between" is a novel about a man whose dreams suggest his reality isn't as solid as he thinks and that a childhood accident should have killed him. Who wrote it?
Tabitha King
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Tananarive Due
Tananarive Due wrote the unsettling "The Between."

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Max Brooks' "World War Z" is a pseudo-documentary novel about what?
a zombie apocalypse
"World War Z" describes a zombie apocalypse as if it were a historical event.
an army of ghosts
the formation of a nation of vampires

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Brian Keene's novel "The Rising" depicts a zombie apocalypse caused by what?
a military weapon that uses microchips to animate and control corpses
a virus
a particle accelerator experiment that allows demons to possess corpses
It's a particle accelerator to blame in "The Rising."

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What is the name of the Peter Benchley novel that became a blockbuster movie and gave readers second thoughts about swimming in the ocean?
"Jaws"
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"The Deep"
"Montauk"

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"Ghost Story" is the novel that established the horror writing career of what author?
Peter Straub
Straub's "Ghost Story" is a tale of haunting and vengeance and was much more commercially successful than his earlier, nonhorror novels.
Henry James
Edgar Allan Poe

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What novel about a family troubled by a demonic entity in their house, in which a series of brutal murders had occurred, was supposedly based on true events?
"The Amityville Horror"
The family behind "The Amityville Horror" later admitted it was a hoax, but it's still a terrific ghost story.
"Rosemary's Baby"
"Poltergeist"

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Edward Lee's "The Bighead" is known for …
supposedly inspiring a series of actual murders
having the movie rights sold before the novel was even written
being one of the most disgusting, graphic and gross horror novels ever written
"The Bighead" is truly, truly vile and disgusting. For some horror fans, that's a warning. For others, it's more of a challenge.

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Some elements of the first season of the HBO series "True Detective" were drawn from a book of short stories by Robert W. Chambers called …
"Antipathy Election"
"Forests Dark and Lonesome"
"The King in Yellow"
"The King in Yellow" is unsettlingly strange.

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"Whispers," a novel about identical twin madmen on a killing spree, was the breakthrough novel for what best-selling author?
Chuck Palahniuk
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
"Whispers" was a big hit for Dean Koontz, though he'd been writing novels for 10 years when it was released in 1980.

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"The Walking Dead" TV series is based on a comic book series by what author?
Robert Kirkman
The first issue of Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" was published in 2003.
Chuck Wendig
Brian Michael Bendis

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Sarah Langan's novel "The Missing" is about a mysterious entity that makes the people in town do what?
vanish
commit suicide in gruesome ways
eat each other
"The Missing" is a variation on the cannibal zombie theme.

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The comic book miniseries by Steve Niles about vampires in far northern Alaska is called …
"Midnight Sun"
"30 Days of Night"
"30 Days of Night" was made into a commercially successful movie.
"The Long Cold Dark"

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Chuck Palahniuk's "Lullaby" is about a man who develops the power to do what?
never sleep
see how people will die
kill people just by thinking about a magic death poem
The "culling song" is a poem that kills — the novel is about the quest to find and destroy every copy of it.

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