The gauntlet has been officially laid down. It seems my little literary quizzes are just too easy for some of you hardcore genre fiction aficionados!


So with that in mind, I pushed the boundaries on the Vampire Fiction IQ Test just a little to keep it challenging – this quiz includes releases that are science fiction, paranormal fantasy, and conventional horror. Some are recent releases while others have been around for decades. Most have been bestsellers at some point while a few are what I like to call “cult classics.”


If any of you get all of these correct, please let me know so I can hang my head in shame...




1. What famous author wrote the brilliant – and blasphemous – short story “Under St. Peter’s,” a short story that depicts Jesus as an undead vampire trapped under St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City?


2. What 2011 release – a debut novel that I called “a dark masterpiece that virtually burns the pages with a bloody incandescence” – is set in a little mining town in the middle of nowhere on the shores of Lake Superior in northern Ontario?


3. What was the title of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s very first novel in her Saint-Germain Cycle?  


4. What recent novel cleverly reimagined the vampire mythos and revolved around one of the most intriguing females in the history of humankind, Cleopatra?


5. Name the iconic vampire novel that starts with the line: “Almost everyone thought the man and the boy were father and son.”



7. What paranormal fantasy saga features a vampiric rock star (the front man for the industrial/goth band Inferno) named Dante Baptiste, a character who has been called unarguably the sexiest male vampire in all of literature?


8. What genre transcendent trilogy – a fusion of alternate history, epic fantasy adventure, apocalyptic horror, and heartrending romance – is set in a world where vampire clans rule most of the world while humankind is forced to exist near the equator?


9. This blockbuster trilogy describes vampires as “viruses incarnate.”


10. What series features Elvis as an endearing undead bloodsucker named Bubba?


11. Vampiric alien invaders have all but taken over Earth in this long-running series that blends military science fiction, Lovecraftian horror, and apocalyptic fiction.


12. What iconic saga features a master vampire named Jean-Claude?


13. What author wrote the cult classics Fat White Vampire Blues and Bride of the Fat White Vampire?





1. Harry Turtledove













6. According to Publishers Weekly, Interview With the Vampire wasn’t in the top ten. (Trinity by Leon Uris was #1.)









9. The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan




10. The Southern Vampire (Sookie Stackhouse) saga by Charlaine Harris






12. Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series





13. Andrew Fox











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 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.

by on ‎02-01-2013 03:14 PM

Whew almost shut me out, knew Jean Claude, guessed Inerview with a Vampire wasn't top ten, in 76 I was going to school full time and working full time and at that age would have dismissed it as a chick book, who says the young are more tolerant.:smileywink:

by on ‎02-05-2013 08:42 AM

I did terrible. But in my defense I hadn't read all of these. I can't believe I forgot the author to "Under St. Peter's". And I missed a Stephen King book.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎02-05-2013 09:13 AM

Wow Paul, I needed a degree in Vampire to know all of those. I got two :smileyhappy:

but I have definitely put a few of the ones I didn't get in my virtual basket at B&



by MADIS on ‎02-06-2013 06:44 PM

I got 4!  Woo hoo.  I guess that is pretty good since they are the only ones I've read.  I have a couple of the other ones purchased, but they are in the TBR pile.  I had to guess on the Rice questions.  I was born that year so I was not really up on the best sellers!

by kcbouma on ‎11-25-2013 10:41 AM

I swore number seven would of been Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice!


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