The Art of Darkness

Trivia Tuesday

May 1st, 2012 by Cobwebs

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

  1. This prolific SF writer gave us such works as More Than Human and Venus Plus X (not to mention an important literary Law), but also wrote Some of Your Blood, a nicely horrific vampire novel.
    A) Theodore Sturgeon
    B) Robert Silverberg
    C) Harry Harrison
    D) Hal Clement
    E) Larry Niven
  2. This Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu tells the story of Laura, a girl who is victimized by a female vampire who seems to periodically shapeshift into a cat.
  3. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “William the Bloody” is better known as whom?
  4. During the same vacation in which Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, Byron began a vampire story but never finished it. His physician (who had also been on the retreat) eventually wrote a work entitled “The Vampyre” based on Byron’s story. Name him.
    A) Gabriele Rossetti
    B) Matthew Lewis
    C) George Tighe
    D) Leigh Hunt
    E) John Polidori
  5. In the Marvel Comics universe, detective Hannibal King was turned into one of the undead by the same vampire who killed Blade’s mother. What was his name?
  6. In the Russian short story “Family of the Vourdalak,” a family awaits the return of their patriarch, whose tardiness may mean he has become a vampire. Who wrote this influential story?
    A) Nikolai Gogol
    B) Aleksey Tolstoy
    C) Ivan Turgenev
    D) Alexander Pushkin
    E) Peter Kropotkin
  7. The TV series Forever Knight followed the adventures of Nick Knight, an 800-year-old vampire working as a cop in Toronto. It starred Geraint Wyn Davies as Knight, but its pilot was originally shot starring what 80s rocker as the title character?
  8. In the novel Dracula Jonathan Harker travels to the Count’s remote castle, located in which range of mountains?
    A) Sahyadri
    B) Karawanken
    C) Trollheimen
    D) Carpathian
    E) Rhodope
  9. Born Theodosia Goodman in Cincinnati, Ohio, this silent movie starlet was nicknamed “The Vamp” (short for vampire). Her stage name was an anagram for “Arab Death.”
  10. This author’s “Dracula sequence” of novels, beginning with The Dracula Tape, had the Count interacting with literary characters such as Sherlock Holmes. The series was so successful that he was hired to write the novelization of the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
    A) William Tenn
    B) James Blish
    C) Fred Saberhagen
    D) Leigh Brackett
    E) Jack Vance

(Answers below the fold)

  1. A) Theodore Sturgeon (who also gave us Sturgeon’s Law: Ninety percent of [science fiction] is crap, but then, ninety percent of everything is crap)
  2. Carmilla
  3. Spike
  4. E) John Polidori
  5. Deacon Frost
  6. B) Aleksey Tolstoy
  7. Rick Springfield. The series originated as a 1989 TV movie entitled Nick Knight, which was intended to be a series pilot. It was not picked up at the time, but in 1992 CBS decided to launch the series in Canada and re-shot the pilot with an all new cast.
  8. D) Carpathian
  9. Theda Bara
  10. C) Fred Saberhagen

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3 Responses

  1. Jes Says:

    Five outta ten. I love these things!

  2. hng23 Says:

    8/10…I love Trivia Tuesdays!

  3. xJane Says:

    Three. Buffy, duh; Tolstoy, because I thought it would be awesome if he wrote it—now I shall have to read it!; Carpathian, doesn’t everyone know that? ;)

    I also now kind of want to watch Forever Knight because it reminds me of one of my favorite TV genres, which I like to call “Bad Supernatural Overdrama” that include New Amsterdam, Moonlight, and the Dresden Files.

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