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Gothic/Horror Quiz

Our ninth literary quiz sure attracted some very close calls but no overall winner.

.....or was it 'nevermore'?

by Sara Martin

1. He invented almost all the stage properties of Gothicism, as seen in:

Low in a hollow cave,
Far underneath a craggy cliff ypight
Darke, doleful, dreary, like a greedy grave,
That still for carrion carcasses doth crave,
On top whereof there dwelt the ghastly Owle
Shrieking his baleful note.

Name the author. Edmund Spenser

2. Widely accepted as the first of the true "Gothic" novels, its author feared ridicule upon its publication and therefore in an elaborate preface described its creator as one "Onuphrio Muralto." Who was the author and what is the novel? Horace Walpole, Castle of Otranto

3. Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) features the villainous

a. Valancourt
b. Montoni
c. Count De Villefort

4. Radcliffe’s Udolpho went on to play an important part in which famous 19th century British novel? Northhanger Abbey

5. In a classic 18th century novel, extremely popular at the time, we find Ambrosio, the worthy superior of the Capuchins of Madrid, who falls to the temptations of the fiend

a. Matilda
b. Gertrude
c. Maria Teresa
d. Cecilia

6. In Charles Brockden Brown’s Gothic romance Wieland (1798), the elder Wieland, a German mystic who emigrates to Pennsylvania, dies of

a. psychically induced suicide
b. ritual blood letting
c. spontaneous combustion

7. The first vampire tale in English was written by

a. M. G. Lewis
b. John Polidori
c. Lord Byron
d. Thomas de Quincey

8. Which of the following do Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde have in common?

a. both were loosely based on real-life cases
b. both were inspired by nightmares
c. both were written under the influence of drugs

9. Edgar Allan Poe is often credited with having invented detective fiction. Which of his works is considered the first detective story?
The Murders in the Rue Morgue

10. Bram Stoker’s Dracula was inspired by

a. Joseph Sheridan le Fanu’s novella Carmilla
b. James Malcolm Rymer’s serial Varney the Vampyre; or the Feast of Blood
c. R.L. Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

11. Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera (1911) was inspired by

a. the fairy-tale "Beauty and the Beast"
b. George du Maurier’s novel Trilby
c. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

12. A character in a famous novella dies with the words "The Horror, the Horror." Name the character and the novella. Kurtz, Heart of Darkness

13. Name the American horror fiction writer who was obsessed by the idea that mythological monstrous races had inhabited the earth in the very distant past. H.P. Lovecraft

14. A classic southern novel follows the life of a young boy who runs away from the West Virginia mountains and makes his way to Haiti where he marries and then leaves a planter’s daughter, making his way back to the U.S. where the big story unfolds and a gothic doom prevails. The young upstart is

a. Thomas Sutpen
b. Bayard Sartoris
c. Horace Benbow

15. A novel by a popular modern Gothic writer was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in his first American film. Name the writer and the novel.
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

16. Name the first novel (later adapted as a Hammer Studio film) in which a werewolf is portrayed as a victim, his transformation being the result of a curse. Guy Endore, The Werewolf of Paris

17. A popular American author published a novel in 1954 that was later adapted as a film with Charlton Heston as the only human being still untouched by a deathly plague that transmitted vampirism. Name the author and the novel. Richard Matheson, I am Legend

18. In 1957 a British author published a novel in which all the women in a certain village are impregnated on the same night and give birth to mysterious children. Name the writer and the novel. John Wyndham, The Midwich Cuckoos

19. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was inspired by a short story by Robert Bloch. Bloch’s story, in turn, was inspired by real-life events which later resurfaced in what classic cult film? Texas Chainsaw Massacre

20. William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist (1971) is based on real-life events. In which country and in which year did the real exorcism take place? 1949, USA

21. Name the novel by Stephen King in which a deranged father tries to kill his own son in a snowbound hotel. The Shining

22. New Orleans can boast of having two well-known women writers of vampire fiction among its citizens.  Who are they? Anne Rice, Poppy Z. Brite

23. In which novel by Thomas Harris was Dr. Hannibal Lecter first seen? The Red Dragon

24. British horror fiction wizard Clive Barker titled his four volumes of short stories The Books of Blood. What is the slogan that appears on the cover of the books? Everybody is a book of blood; whenever we're opened, we're read.

25. In 1991 American Psycho was rejected by Bret Easton Ellis’s publisher because of its violent content. The squeamish publisher was

a. Vintage Books
b. Simon & Schuster
c. Harper Collins
d. Alfred A. Knopf

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