The Art of Darkness

Trivia Tuesday

August 6th, 2013 by Cobwebs

(No prizes, but if you can answer them all without googling you get bragging rights.)

  1. The Handbook for the Recently Deceased in Beetlejuice “reads” like what?
  2. A famous haunting known as the Dalby Spook involved a talking animal (variously interpreted as a poltergeist, a cryptid, or merely a hoax) named Gef. What kind of animal was Gef supposed to be?
    A) Badger
    B) Cobra
    C) Owl
    D) Mongoose
    E) Dog
  3. Although the title sounds like horror, Stephen King’s novella The Body is instead slice-of-life drama. It was adapted into a movie with what title?
  4. The comic play (and later movie) Blithe Spirit involves a séance gone awry, leaving the ghost of a man’s first wife trying to disrupt his marriage to his second wife. Who is the author of the play?
    A) George Bernard Shaw
    B) Oscar Wilde
    C) Eugene O’Neill
    D) Lillian Hellman
    E) Noël Coward
  5. In Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, wizard Harry Dresden’s helper/adviser is a spirit who resides in a skull. What is the spirit’s name?
  6. The Cottingly Fairies were a series of photographs taken between 1917 and 1920 which purported to show fairies interacting with two young girls. The case gained the attention of what famous author and spiritualist?
    A) Charles Dickens
    B) Arthur Conan Doyle
    C) Jack London
    D) W. B. Yeats
    E) Harry Price
  7. The Tower of London is said to be haunted by (amongst many others) the ghosts of two little boys who were murdered by their uncle because they were heirs to the throne that he later claimed for himself. Who was their murderer?
  8. Alfred Hitchcock liked to make a cameo in each movie he directed. In a film which featured a limited cast, he snuck in an appearance as “Before” and “After” photos in a newspaper weight-loss advertisement. What was the film?
    A) Lifeboat
    B) Rope
    C) Dial M for Murder
    D) Rear Window
    E) Strangers on a Train
  9. This mythical Australian animal is said to be a large, vicious, arboreal marsupial related to the Koala which attacks its prey by pouncing on top of it. It is classified as Thylarctos plummetus in the Australian Museum’s catalogue of native fauna. (Yes, really.)
  10. In the TV series The Addams Family, Morticia’s mother was played by Margaret Hamilton. What was the character’s name?
    A) Ophelia
    B) Endora
    C) Hester
    D) Lydia
    E) Dorcas

(Answers below the fold)

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