The Art of Darkness

Trivia Tuesday

March 1st, 2011 by Cobwebs

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

  1. The first substantial vampire fiction that approximated a novel was a long-running serial (popularly known as a “penny dreadful” or a “penny blood”) published between 1845 and 1847. When finally compiled into book form, it stretched to 868 pages over 220 chapters. What was the name of this Gothic epic?
  2. In the Halloween movies, the mask worn by Michael Myers was actually fashioned after the face of what famous TV actor from the 1960s?
  3. What 1764 novel by Horace Walpole is generally regarded as the first Gothic novel?
  4. “The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth. These protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years. For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed. The chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin. The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor.” What character is described here?
  5. Who wrote the horror tale “Lamb to the Slaughter,” in which a housewife bludgeons her husband to death with a frozen leg of lamb, then cooks it and serves it to the police?
  6. H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional town of Innsmouth is located in which state?
  7. What is the first title in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries series?
  8. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” is what Gothic novel’s opening line?
  9. Which is the first sequel to the 1960 film Night Of The Living Dead?
  10. Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 and married his cousin, Virginia Clemm, in 1835. How old was Virginia when she said “I do” to Poe?

(Answers below the fold)

  1. Varney the Vampyre (or The Feast of Blood)
  2. William Shatner. It was a “Captain Kirk” mask spray-painted white.
  3. The Castle of Otranto
  4. Dracula
  5. Roald Dahl
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Dead Until Dark
  8. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  9. Dawn Of The Dead
  10. 13

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6 Responses

  1. LimeyFish Says:

    6 out of 10. I get a D. :(

  2. hng23 Says:

    9/10, baby! (I haven’t seen any of the Hallowe’en movies).

    I do have a taste for the macabre, perhaps as the result of being born on Oct 31.

  3. WitchArachne Says:

    Ugh. Four. In my defence, it’s 1:20am and I couldn’t for the life of me remember the name Varney :P

  4. Shadow Says:

    Re: Question #1 — Polidori’s story was published in 1819, and, while it’s too short to be considered a novel, it did spawn an actual authorized novel titled Lord Ruthwen Ou Les Vampires, in 1920. I had to look up the author’s name – Cyprien Bérard. The novel begat a stageplay, and the stageplay inspired several operatic adaptations that fueled the vampire craze in Europe during the 20s and 30s — all well before Varney appeared in 1845

    Re: Question #6 — Most of the Old Ones maintain residence in Massachusetts because of their healthcare system.

    Re: Question #9 — Does Dawn have a threshold?

  5. hng23 Says:

    More trivia: #5 Lamb to the Slaughter has been filmed for tv twice: first by Alfred Hitchcock in the late 50s, then by Roald Dahl himself for his program Tales of the Unexpected. The Hitchcock version is the one most people remember.

  6. xJane Says:

    Wow, I clearly need to re-delve into Roald Dahl’s works!

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