With Halloween just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to test your knowledge of monsters – both supernatural and human – in literature. Below are 21 quotes from iconic novels, some universally beloved classics and some recently released bestsellers. Some of these novels are classified as horror while others are apocalyptic fiction, paranormal fantasy, zombie fiction, and noir fiction. Regardless of categorization, all 21 of these novels have, at some point in my existence, either terrified or deeply disturbed me on some level.  

 

If you can identify 10 or more of these quotes, you are a discerning monster aficionado worthy of the utmost praise and respect. If you got 10 or less, this quiz at the very least offers up a few potential reading suggestions!

 

Enjoy – and have a happy Halloween! (Answers are below.)

 

 

1. “I could not resist the temptation of mystifying him a bit, I suppose it is some taste of the original apple that remains still in our mouths…”

 

2. "I'm only twelve. But I've been that for a long time.”

 

3. “Get out the chain saws and pass the mint juleps. It’s party time…”

 

4. “Satan has his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and detested.”

 

5. “I tried to make meat loaf out of the girl…”

 

6. “It was as if these stark, nightmare spires marked the pylons of a frightful gateway into forbidden spheres of dream, and complex gulfs of remote time, space, and ultra-dimensionality.”

 

7. “The town kept its secrets, and the Marsten House brooded over it like a ruined king.”

 

8. “Perhaps evil is the crucible of goodness... and perhaps even Satan – Satan, in spite of himself – somehow serves to work out the will of God.”

 

9. “I am your number one fan.”

 

10. “Rise up while you can.”

 

11. “I held my crotch, closed my eyes and repeated my secret catechism.”

 

12. “We are the vermin.”

 

13. "Worship of Old Leech is the primary activity of the Terrestrial sect. This worship was transmitted to us by a race that exists on the rim of the universe and spreads like a mold crawling across meat."

 

14. “You are standing on the brink of a new world. Whether the dead or the living rule will be decided. I know you think of yourselves just as survivors, but you are more than that. You are the new Eden.”

 

15. "This abomination of yours… it is magnificently horrific, far surpassing what I had imagined.”

 

16. “He was a scream wrapped up in straw, a little, weak, vicious thing gnashing inside a monstrous facade.”

 

17. “I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.”

 

18. “It must be, I thought, one of the race's most persistent and comforting hallucinations to trust that ‘it can't happen here’ -- that one's own time and place is beyond cataclysm.”

 

19. “There are things that have to be forgotten if you want to go on living.”

 

20. “God kills indiscriminately and so shall we. For no creatures under God are as we are, none so like him as ourselves.”

 

21. “Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red.”

 

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ANSWERS

2. Let the Right One in by John Ajvide Lindqvist

3. Aloha from Hell by Richard Kadrey

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

5. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

6. At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft

7. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

8. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

9. Misery by Stephen King

10. Blackout by Mira Grant

11. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

13. The Croning by Laird Barron

14. Siege by Rhiannon Frater

15. Monster by Dave Zeltserman

16. Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

17. Psycho by Robert Bloch

18. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

19. The Killer inside Me by Jim Thompson

20. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

21. Books of Blood, Volume 1 by Clive Barker

 

 

Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can follow him on Twitter at @paulgoatallen and get all the latest Barnes & Noble book news from @BNBuzz.

Comments
by Moderator dhaupt on ‎10-19-2012 09:19 AM

My timbers are shivering Paul

Happy Halloween

 

 

 

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by on ‎10-19-2012 08:39 PM

Well I can see I am behind on my monster reading and/or my memory is bad.

by Author Zkullis on ‎10-22-2012 07:02 PM

Paul, I didn't do as well with this as I would have hoped.

 

Hit:  1,4,6,7,8,9,12,16 and 20. 

 

I obviously need to work on my basics.  :smileywink:

 

 

by Moderator paulgoatallen ‎10-22-2012 10:53 PM - edited ‎10-22-2012 10:53 PM

Zack – nine is actually pretty good. Congrats!  :smileyhappy: