Spooky Quotes Quiz!

For a bit of Hallowe’en fun, how many of these quotes can you identify? One point for the author, and an extra one if you can name the story. They’ve all appeared on previous Tuesday Terror! posts, so it should be dead easy… 😉

As a prize, if you get the required number of points, the fretful porpentine will not visit you in your dreams tonight. Unfortunately, I cannot reveal the required number. Good luck!

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1. “And I lay close within the shelter of the lilies, and observed the actions of the man. And the man trembled in the solitude; but the night waned, and he sat upon the rock.”

2. “They were a boy and a girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing.”

3. “The Thames is a filthy beast: it winds through London like a snake, or a sea serpent. All the rivers flow into it, the Fleet and the Tyburn and the Neckinger, carrying all the filth and scum and waste, the bodies of cats and dogs and the bones of sheep and pigs down into the brown water of the Thames, which carries them east into the estuary and from there into the North Sea and oblivion.”

4. “He felt the thud of bodies, heard the fluttering of wings, but they were not yet defeated, for again and again they returned to the assault, jabbing his hands, his head, the little stabbing beaks sharp as a pointed fork.”

5. “People write and talk lightly of blood running cold and hair standing up and things of that kind. Both sensations are too horrible to be trifled with. My heart stopped as though a knife had been driven through it, and Strickland turned as white as the tablecloth. The howl was repeated, and was answered by another howl far across the fields…”

Thrawn Janet by William Strang 1899

6. “Syne she turned round, an’ shawed her face; Mr Soulis had the same cauld grue as twice that day afore, an’ it was borne in upon him what folk said, that Janet was deid lang syne, an’ this was a bogle in her clay-cauld flesh. He drew back a pickle and he scanned her narrowly. She was tramp-trampin’ in the cla’es, croonin’ to hersel’; and eh! Gude guide us, but it was a fearsome face.”

7. “In truth, much as the owners of the cats hated these odd folk, they feared them more; and instead of berating them as brutal assassins, merely took care that no cherished pet or mouser should stray toward the remote hovel under the dark trees.”

8. “Merricat, said Connie, would you like a cup of tea?
Oh no, said Merricat, you’ll poison me.
Merricat, said Connie, would you like to go to sleep?
Down in the boneyard ten feet deep!”

9. “Naked and grass-stained, he was crawling along about five feet behind the mower, eating the cut grass. Green juice ran down his chin and dripped on to his pendulous belly. And every time the lawnmower whirled around a corner, he rose and did an odd, skipping jump before prostrating himself again.”

10. “I looked upon the scene before me – upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain – upon the bleak walls – upon the vacant eye-like windows – upon a few rank sedges – and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees – with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of a reveller upon opium – the bitter lapse into every-day life – the hideous dropping off of the veil.”

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1.   Silence: A Fable by Edgar Allan Poe

2.  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

3.  Down to a Sunless Sea by Neil Gaiman

4.  The Birds by Daphne du Maurier

5.  The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling

6.  Thrawn Janet by Robert Louis Stevenson

7.  The Cats of Ulthar by HP Lovecraft

8.  We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

9.  The Lawnmower Man by Stephen King

10. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

23 thoughts on “Spooky Quotes Quiz!

  1. Hmm. Now i didn’t get to see the quiz at all till you had uploaded the answers. Am rather glad I didn’t, as some of those quotes would absolutely have unleashed a whole tribe of howling porpetines to disturb my slumbers. Especially the Poe.

    Great quiz though. Unfortunately Google makes a nonsense of racking the brains, as cut and paste searches are probably too good, unlike the olden days, where you might have had to whisper the frightening phrases to yourself over and over in the hope of unlocking memory

    • Yeah, I was trying to find a way to hide the answers but it didn’t quite work the way I expected. Back to the drawing board! But I knew you’d get a couple anyway – especially the Merricat quote.

      I know – the way we get info has totally changed. No more of these endless conversations seeing if anyone else can remember where a quote came from. Is that an improvement? Hmm… Sleep well!

  2. Okay, let’s see here. Now, mind you, looking is cheating I’m supposing, so…I’ll do what I can…

    2 is the Christmas Carol
    8 is We Have Always Lived in the Castle ?
    9 is definitely King! *laughs*
    7 is The Cats
    10 is Poe ?
    6 is The Mark of the Beast ?

    I fear that’s as good as I can do. Do you grade on a curve?

    • It’s hard to say, since I made the quiz, but I don’t think I’d have got the Gaiman or the Kipling. And I’m not sure I’d have got The Fall of the House of Usher…

  3. What a great quiz. I got only two correct, sadly. But really enjoyed those passages. Some of them were just plain icky – great for Halloween! 🙂

  4. Poe! That last quote has stayed with me since I first read The Fall of the House of Usher. It’s my favorite of all these you’ve chosen. Did I ever tell you that my husband and I once attended a lecture (on bipolar disorder) and graveyard salute to Poe in Baltimore on Poe’s birthday. It was a gloomy, chilling night, and cognac was involved, if I recall correctly. It was in the early 1990s. But we never saw the mysterious person who leaves three roses and a half bottle of cognac at Poe’s grave annually on his b-day—or at least did so for 60 years, from 1949-2009. I love the mystery of it all!

    • Did Poe have bipolar disorder then? I should imagine cognac is an essential requirement if oe is going to hang around a graveyard in the middle of the night! What a lovely story – I wonder who it could have been. Did no-one ever try to catch them leaving it?

      • Yes, he did. And he self-medicated with alcohol. Cognac was, indeed, an essential part of the evening, as his birthday is in mid-January, a brisk time of year in Baltimore. After the “Poe Toaster” became legend, people started to assemble near the graveyard, and the organization who maintained the graveyard began restricting access to the fenced-in tombstones on Poe’s birthday. Supposedly, the groundskeeper never knew who it was, but he protected the Toaster’s privacy, always announcing to bystanders after the mysterious visitor had come and gone. It’s so romantic, very fitting for the author.

        • Indeed! Shame it’s stopped, but that makes it seem more definite that it was a real person, rather than some kind of publicity stunt. Not that Poe is in much need of publicity…

          I wonder if knowing that he had bipolar disorder would affect my interpretation of Silence – I feel a re-read may be in order…

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