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From Gothic Gloom to Splatterpunk Gore: The Horror Fiction Quiz
by Staff
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
  • Ann Radcliffe
  • Edgar Allan Poe

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"
  • "They Live"
  • "The Turn of the Screw"

In Robert R. McCammon's "They Thirst," vampires conduct a brutal takeover of what American city?

  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles

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

"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
  • Zelda Morgan
  • Byron Gideon

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
  • Peter Straub

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

"The Turn of the Screw" is a classic ghostly novella, adapted to film numerous times and written by what author?

  • Henry James
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

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
  • Arthur Conan Doyle

What novel is Anne Rice most well-known for?

  • "Interview With the Vampire"
  • "The Exorcist"
  • "The Amityville Horror"

What William Peter Blatty novel, released in 1971, was made into a controversial movie with the same title?

  • "The Exorcist"
  • "Cujo"
  • "Rosemary's Baby"

H.P. Lovecraft is known for pioneering what kind of horror?

  • unknowable cosmic entities from beyond time and space
  • masked serial killers
  • doomed gothic romances with supernatural elements

What was the first novel to use supernatural elements?

  • "The Mysteries of Udolpho"
  • "The Vampyre"
  • "The Castle of Otranto"

What is the full title of the iconic horror novel written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley?

  • "Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus"
  • "Frankenstein; a Tale of Man's Hubris"
  • "Frankenstein; the Monster Within"

What was Stephen King's first novel?

  • "Cujo"
  • "The Shining"
  • "Carrie"

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"
  • "The Man in the High Castle"
  • "Dark Carnival"

Clive Barker's "The Hellbound Heart" was adapted (by Barker) into what movie?

  • "Fright Night"
  • "Candyman"
  • "Hellraiser"

"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

Max Brooks' "World War Z" is a pseudo-documentary novel about what?

  • a zombie apocalypse
  • an army of ghosts
  • the formation of a nation of vampires

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

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"
  • "The Deep"
  • "Montauk"

"Ghost Story" is the novel that established the horror writing career of what author?

  • Peter Straub
  • Henry James
  • Edgar Allan Poe

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"
  • "Rosemary's Baby"
  • "Poltergeist"

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

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"

"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

"The Walking Dead" TV series is based on a comic book series by what author?

  • Robert Kirkman
  • Chuck Wendig
  • Brian Michael Bendis

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 comic book miniseries by Steve Niles about vampires in far northern Alaska is called …

  • "Midnight Sun"
  • "30 Days of Night"
  • "The Long Cold Dark"

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