Saturday, October 25, 2014

Horror Author Trivia Contest

     This is one of the contests I’m running for the Coffin Hop.  The first person to answer all 10 questions correctly wins their choice of one of my ebooks—“Dead Reckoning” or “Kaishaku.”  If no one answers all 10 correctly, the winner will be the person who answers the most correctly by the end of the Hop—12:01 a.m., November 1, 2014, Eastern Standard Time.  If there’s a tie, I’ll pick the winner randomly, by picking a name out of hat, or flipping a coin.
     Also, I reference these several times in the questions, so just to explain, the Bram Stoker Awards are the awards given out annually by the Horror Writers Association, since 1987. 

1)      Who is the only person to both receive a Bram Stoker Award nomination and see their band have two top 20 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 category?  (Hint—they are more famous as the musician.)
2)      Staying with music, what famous horror author also wrote the sort of unauthorized biography of Courtney Love, entitled, “Courtney Love:  The Real Story”?
3)      Not surprisingly, Stephen King holds the record for most Bram Stoker Awards, with 13.  Who is second all time, with 10?
4)      This famous horror author also wrote for a lot of television comedies in the 1970’s and 80’s, including for “Three’s Company,” “B.J. and the Bear,” and “The A-Team.”  Name them.
5)      What famous horror author is also a paleontologist, and has published several scientific articles in such periodicals as “The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology”?
6)      When movie directors used to want to not have their names included on a movie, they used the pseudonym “Alan Smithee.”  This famous sci-fi/horror author uses the alias “Cordwainer Bird,” when he/she wants to do this for a screenplay or story they’re not happy with.  Who is this?
7)      What famous true crime author was friends with, and a coworker of, real life serial killer Ted Bundy?  (This author’s first true crime book was about this relationship.)
8)      What famous horror author also wrote over 25 sex instruction books, with titles like “How to Drive Your Man Wild in Bed,” “How to Drive Your Woman Wild in Bed,” and “Your Erotic Fantasies”?
9)      What horror author is the only person to win both a Bram Stoker Award and (under the pseudonym Maxwell Hart) two AVN awards? (The AVN awards are the Adult Video News awards, sometimes referred to as the “Oscars of Porn,” given out since 1984.)

10)  The Universal Product Code (UPC), now printed on nearly all products, has long been rumored by extreme conspiracy theorists to be the Mark of the Beast mentioned in “The Book of Revelation” in the Bible.  (They erroneously think that the code has “666” in it.)  On that note, what horror author’s 1978 novel was the first book that had the “evil” code printed on its cover?

    (Readers may notice the answers to these questions were never printed, since folks didn't guess them during Coffin Hop 2014.  Should have included these earlier, but it kind of slipped my mind, and I got a bit lazy.  Anyway, if you want to know the answers, I put them in a comment to this post.)


  1. Well, I feel like an idiot now. I'm a horror writer, fan of the genre since my earliest memories, and I have no frigging clue to not even ONE of the questions. *hangs head in shame* On the bright side, I just gotta find out and read that book written by a friend of Ted Bundy. That's just wild! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy hopping!

  2. Hi Georgina. No need for shame--I intentionally made the questions challenging (hopefully not overly so). I didn't know these, either, until I researched the authors a bit. Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you around the Hop!

  3. Answers:
    1) Greg Kihn. His band had hits with "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)" and "Jeopardy" in the early 1980's. His book "Horror Show" was nominated in 1996.
    2) The writer formerly known as Poppy Z. Brite. Now known as Billy Martin.
    3) Peter Straub.
    4) Richard Christian Matheson.
    5) Caitlin Kiernan.
    6) Harlan Ellison.
    7) Ann Rule. The book was "The Stranger Beside Me" (1980).
    8) Graham Masterton.
    9) John Skipp. He won the Stoker for editing 2006's "Mondo Zombie," and the AVN's for "Best Sex Comedy" and "Most Outrageous Sex Scene" for 2005's "Misty Beethoven: The Musical."
    10) John Saul, for "Punish the Sinners." I had a difficult time confirming this with other sources, so if anyone can provide more information either supporting or disputing this, please let me know.