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Posted by OldBoy93 (1073 posts) 2 years, 2 days ago

Poll: Edgar Allan Poe or HP Lovecraft? (34 votes)

Edgar Allan Poe 50%
H.P Lovecraft 50%

Who's the real master of horror?

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#1 Edited by captain_inverse (2334 posts) - - Show Bio

short stories/Poetry = Poe

short stories = Lovecraft

But these two are neck & neck in short stories too. Heck, Lovecraft said that much of his early work was inspired by Poe's own work.

all around, i'll say Love Craft has more good stories, but there are a handful of Poe's works that blow anything HP had out of the water.

  • The cask of amontillado
  • The fall of the House of Usher
  • The masque of the Red Death
  • The pit & the pendulum

hard to compete with stories like these, And I've read H.P Lovecrafts "The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories" cover to cover; more than once.

The biggest reason most likely prefer lovecraft is because of the writing Poe used in his works is "old english" and a bit cryptic. so lovecraft may have been easier to read but I would say Poe is better.

POE wins by a hair!

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#2 Posted by The_Man_With_Questions (2708 posts) - - Show Bio

Poe. Lover is a bit "meh" IMO. Never really understood the appeal of his works.

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#3 Posted by deactivated-5a20a68641bc7 (1969 posts) - - Show Bio

I believe Poe to be the better writer, but I find Lovecraft's material more enjoyable to read.

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#4 Posted by seastone98 (4669 posts) - - Show Bio

iirc poe was a direct influence on lovecraft dat being said i do injoy hp's work more den i do poes however poe is a better writer by pure skill alone

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#6 Posted by BruceRogers (17320 posts) - - Show Bio

Lovecraft

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#7 Posted by black_wreath (13557 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm more familiar with Poe and I identify a bit better with his style.

I'd like to explore Lovecraft further though.

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#8 Posted by TheWatcherKing (18337 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer poe

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#10 Posted by OldBoy93 (1073 posts) - - Show Bio

Bump

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#11 Posted by turoksonofstone (14903 posts) - - Show Bio

Lovecraft Wins

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#12 Edited by jumpstart55 (11025 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Edgar Allan Poe in a heartbeat...I love the mysterious, paranormal Gothic,Disturbingly Supernatural,Shadowy type of Horror..
  • Even though i was always fascinated by the Cosmic elements of his stories i never was really a fan of HP....His attempt at trying to tell clever tales about the cosmos always to me seemed like a poor mans attempt at trying understanding deep Sci Fi concepts like the vastness of the cosmos...If i want to read Sci Fi stories and see an authors literary attempt at trying to understand the universe in a poetic sense, ill stick to the all time greats like Issac Assmimov,Arthur C Clarke, Ray Bradbury, H.G Wells,Jules Verne etc...
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#13 Posted by FearSinestro (251 posts) - - Show Bio

Lovecraft

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#14 Posted by Invain (5147 posts) - - Show Bio

Poe.

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#15 Posted by OldBoy93 (1073 posts) - - Show Bio

Bump

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#16 Posted by decaf_wizard (16954 posts) - - Show Bio

Lovecraft

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#17 Posted by The Impersonator (8477 posts) - - Show Bio

I love Lovecraft's craft.

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#18 Posted by BlindingLights (1366 posts) - - Show Bio

Edgar Allan Poe.

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#19 Edited by BlueHope (2681 posts) - - Show Bio

Lovecraft.

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#20 Posted by dshipp17 (5488 posts) - - Show Bio

For this theme, Edgar Allen Poe. H.P. Lovercraft for the father of hentai tentacle fetish, rather than horror, although that could be a matter of perspective.

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#21 Posted by anakon4 (438 posts) - - Show Bio

Best thing of Lovecraft I've read was Thing at the doorstep and some haunted house with zombie girl in it. They were really good, but Ushers or Pit and the Pendulum uterly stomps.

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#22 Edited by SirFizzWhizz (37749 posts) - - Show Bio

As others said, Poe has tales thatbare well known and classical. When doing several writing classes in Colleges, you encounter and read Poe's works. Not once was Lovervrcaft ever mention. There is a reason. Lovercraft is ok but I cannot remember any real tales from him. Poe on the other hand I know a few of his stories and the themes people like Hitchcock and more steal from.

Poe for sure.

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#23 Edited by WollfMyth209 (16551 posts) - - Show Bio

Going with Lovecraft. He's essentially a more modern Edgar Allan Poe, who touched a bit deeply and more maniacally on the same subjects that Poe explored.

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#24 Posted by OldBoy93 (1073 posts) - - Show Bio

As others said, Poe has tales thatbare well known and classical. When doing several writing classes in Colleges, you encounter and read Poe's works. Not once was Lovervrcaft ever mention. There is a reason. Lovercraft is ok but I cannot remember any real tales from him. Poe on the other hand I know a few of his stories and the themes people like Hitchcock and more steal from.

Poe for sure.

Really? The Shadow over Innsmouth, The Dunwich Horror, The Call of Cthulhu, Dagon, The Colour Out of Space

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#25 Posted by SirFizzWhizz (37749 posts) - - Show Bio

@oldboy93: only one listed I heard of and read is TCOC. The rest I never heard of. Sorry.