Take Our Quiz to Determine Your Horror Story IQ

A good scary story can sink into your bones and leave you afraid of the dark for years to come. The best horror writers know exactly how much detail to leave in and what to leave out to create unforgettable moments that make you shiver. Test yourself by identifying the creepy quotes below. If you get more than 5 right, skip the tricks and go straight to the treats. Less than 5? That’s scary. Camp out in the dark with a flashlight and some boo-worthy reads to catch up with your fellow horror fans.

  1. “I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul. God keep me, if only for the sake of those dear to me!”
  2. “Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.”
  3. “Is he worse than the parent who gave to society a neurotic child who became a politician? Is he worse than the manufacturer who set up belated foundations with the money he made by handing bombs and guns to suicidal nationalists? Is he worse than the distiller who gave bastardized grain juice to stultify further the brains of those who, sober, were incapable of progressive thought?”
  4. “When the Fox hears the Rabbit scream he comes a-runnin’, but not to help.”
  5. “He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something downright detestable. I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I scarce know why. He must be deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn’t specify the point.”
  6. “It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
  7. “Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.”
  8. “…to all the monsters in my nursery: May you never leave me alone.”
  9. “…nobody can protect anybody else from vileness. Or from pain. All you can do is not let it break you in half and keep on going until you get to the other side.”
  10. “The wise man knows what he does not know—and the prudent man respects what he does not control.”


  1. Dracula, by Bram Stoker
  2. The Shining, by Stephen King
  3. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
  4. Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris
  5. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. The Passage, by Justin Cronin
  7. Interview with a Vampire, by Anne Rice
  8. The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
  9. Ghost Story, by Peter Straub
  10. The Amityville Horror, by Jay Anson
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