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Terrifying Tales: Famous Ghost Stories Quiz
by Staff
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"?

  • 1949
  • 1959
  • 1969

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

  • Edna
  • Eleanor
  • Emma

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

  • five
  • nine
  • 100

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

  • Camden
  • Henry
  • Herbert

What classic ghost story is narrated by Arthur Kipps?

  • "The Woman in Black"
  • "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
  • "The Canterville Ghost"

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

  • Salt Box House
  • Eel Marsh House
  • Twelve Oaks Manor

What character stars in "The Graveyard Book"?

  • Mick
  • Bod
  • Win

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

  • Mississippi
  • Nile
  • Danube

How many ghosts are in "A Christmas Carol"?

  • none
  • three
  • four

Who wrote the 1979 novel "Ghost Story"?

  • Stephen King
  • Peter Straub
  • Richard Matheson

What group is featured in "Ghost Story"?

  • Chowder Society
  • Casserole Club
  • Caramel Corp

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

  • Rebecca
  • Rosalinda
  • Rowena

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

  • "Rebecca"
  • "Dracula"
  • "The Turn of the Screw"

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

  • Rye
  • Wye
  • Bly

Who wrote "The Turn of the Screw"?

  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Henry James

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

  • Jonas
  • Judas
  • Johnny

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

  • a suit
  • candy
  • keys

What year was "The Shining" novel released?

  • 1957
  • 1967
  • 1977

What family stars in "The Shining"?

  • Torrance
  • Tanner
  • Jackson

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

  • Overlord
  • Overlook
  • Overview

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

  • barn
  • pub
  • castle

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

  • Owens
  • Otis
  • Olander

Who wrote "The Phantom Rickshaw"?

  • Henry James
  • Susan Hill
  • Rudyard Kipling

Who is the narrator of "The Phantom Rickshaw"?

  • Jim
  • Jack
  • Jeff

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

  • headless horseman
  • ghost dog
  • aquatic ghost

Who wrote "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

  • Washington Irving
  • Charles Dickens
  • Lord Byron

Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu wrote this early vampire tale.

  • "Carnivore"
  • "Carmilla"
  • "Canterbury"

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

  • Vincent
  • Edward
  • Victor

What classic horror tale was penned by William Peter Blatty?

  • "Dracula"
  • "The Exorcist"
  • "The Amityville Horror"

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

  • Regina
  • Rachel
  • Regan