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Poe for me.
Number of Lovecraft books: 0
Number of Poe books: 1
So Poe wins by default.
he's not scary! but he did have a bear on a chain and fucked his sister.
somewhere near Don Juan when he is considering getting a wig.
I thought it was really ace when I discovered people in Greece still call their kids Byron :D
If that's not scary in your world, I'd hate to visit.
is he good?
that's worth getting.
i shall check out M R James.
And talking of Jameses, The Turn of the Screw YUM!
More scary than any film I've ever seen.
I like MR James, Poe and Lovecraft. Lovecraft kind of wins out by default because no one ever made a role playing game and several great computer games from the works for the other two.
Okay, they didn't scare me and I didn't see anyone else running out of the gig.
is miles better than both.
i cannae decide ... i love them both
possibly lovecraft, but only because i've read slightly more of his stuff
...but I think Lovecraft is scarier...especially 'Dreams in the Witches House'!! RAYOS Y CANTELLAS!
He could at least string a coherent sentence together. Lovecraft was a great ideas man, but his writing... oh dear.
Lovecraft has not inspired any comedy laptop-rap a la Mc Lars.
I don't know whether this is a positive or negative for Poe, however.
Lovecraft over Poe.
Poe is ace though
Although I once read three Lovecraft books back to back and had to stop because I was having weird dreams.
Most of LOvecraft is crap. But when he's good...
because 'the pit and the pendulum' is sooo good
And then Arthur Machen. Then Clark Ashton Smith. Then Poe. Controversial.
"but then you don't want to run,
you want to walk,
Well worth listening to if you're a fan and you missed it. It's up for the next seven days.
Cheers anyway. I will have to try and listen.
i like it when she does kung-fu on the spider.
i like laa laa as well.
what about tinky-winky?
...than Lovecraft, but JP had the slightly cooler name. But then Poe lent his name to the ghosts in Zelda. Swings and roundabouts...
...terrible racist and anti-semite, almost pathologically so. It's a very disturbing side to his character, and unfortunately one that's impossible to entirely separate from his work. But on the other hand, he was married to someone jewish. I'm half jewish and still read him avidly. And listen to Wagner. I don't really know what point I'm trying to make, though.
...we're the same person. I love Lovecraft. I'm half Jewish. I like it when such similarities occur.
...start a society - "Half Jews For Lovecraft"...not quite as catchy as "Jews For Jesus", but there you are.
...can we have name badges?
but both brilliant in their own regard. but if i had to chose it'd be lovecraft.... when i was teaching, i read my kids both poe and lovecraft. pit & the pendulum was their favorite, followed by the temple...
speaking of which, did anyone see descent? my take was that it was a hybrid of beast in the cave and the lurking fear.
When I told him I far preferred reading HP Lovercraft to Thomas Hardy (which we were doing for GCSE), he told me that one day I'd grow our of it and realise he wasn't a serious writer. I felt seriously pleased and vindicated when Penguin published the annoted Lovecraft colections recently and the Library of America edition of At The Mountains Of Madness came out. And I still think Hardy sucks.
I like Lovecraft but to a degree he's kind of like a thesaurus telling ghost stories.
He has absolutely zero understanding of people and this results in utterly bad 'characterisation'. Many authors get by on this, but if you're the kind of person who things characterisation is all then you'd likely consider him worthless.
Also some people have no time for Sci-Fi. I often find these people give Eastenders/Corrie a worryingly important placing in their lives.
...that it was the subject matter he was dealing with that made things like characterisation utterly redundant. He normally wrote in the first person, and was normally dealing with abstract alien intelligences that were totally indifferent to the plight of mankind. Involving character based drama would have considerably softened the impact of the realisation that humanity is a tiny, insignificant footnote in an incomprehensibly vast and uncaring universe. Michel Houellebeque (sp?) makes this case in a vastly superior way in his recent book on Lovecraft, "Against The World, Against Life".
...I love both, but only one of them wrote 'The Masque Of The Red Death', and frankly that is the only thing I've ever read that made me shit scared during the daytime as well as the night. Woo Edgar.
I also agree with the Lovekraft as Thesaurus view. Plus Lovekraft was actively trying to ape Poe, and openly admits that he was hugely influenced by him. So advantage Poe.
even better is Maturin, especially 'Melmoth the Wanderer.'
Re. Lovecraft aping Poe - I don't think this is entirely fair. Poe was a literary hero to him by his own admission, but it's only his early period that shows a distinct Poe influence. He then went through a Dunsany influenced phase before, from the early '30s onwards, coming out with the stuff that made his reputation - stuff that had only a very cursory relation to Poe.
"The Manuscript Found In Saragossa" by Jan Potocki is well worth seeking out.