Edgar Allan Poe vs. Stephen King

Edgar Allan Poe is considered to be the man that started it all. He’s considered the father of horror and the father of the detective story. Poe has influenced many writers today. For me most recently I’ve noticed that Stephen King has taken a few pages out of Poe’s handbook. I believe there was a scene in IT that I read that eerily reminded me of Poe. More specifically something reminded me of “The Pit and the Pendulum.” There have been many other scenes like that of Stephen King’s that reflected Poe’s own style of writing. Is it any wonder that Stephen King is considered the modern day father of horror? It’s just like Poe passed the torch because there was no one else like Poe in his time. He was amazingly disturbed and his writing was dark and horrifying and Poe’s writing reflected your deepest fears. Heck, his writing reflected his deepest fears. I believe Stephen King is on that same level. He has distinguished himself from today’s writers. He’s gained this well-deserved reputation as an amazing horror writer. Horror is what he’s known for and much like Poe his writing reflects your deepest fears. Take IT for example, which is a story about an evil entity that loves transforming into a clown. When King wrote that he knew a lot people were terrified of clowns. Him and Poe were just ahead of their times. They knew how to push boundaries and get a reaction out of their audience and they succeeded. I’m a fan of both!

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John Cusack’s The Raven

I am a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan, and the other day I came across the movie “The Raven” starring John Cusack who played the role of the famous Edgar Allan Poe. I thought the plot of the story was extremely interesting and it was a nice twist/interpretation of the last days of Poe’s life. So the story basically goes that someone in town is committing murders using inspiration from Poe’s famous works. The stories that are used are “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” and “The Mystery of Marie Roget.” The detective on the case enlists Poe to help him solve these murders and Poe finally figures out who it is and of course it’s someone who no one expects and then the movie ends with a scene that is documented in history that says that the “Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore…He is said to have repeatedly called out the name “Reynolds” on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring. Some sources say that Poe’s final words were ‘Lord help my poor soul.'” This is basically how the movie ends and we see Poe in the morgue, nobody knowing exactly his cause of death. I really enjoyed the movie for a couple of reasons. One, I really am a big Poe fan so I thought this was an interesting perspective to take with the movie. Two, this movie made me want to read more Poe. For example, I’ve never read the story “The Mystery of Marie Roget” but just from watching this it made me want to read it. You should check it out if you love mystery, thriller, and Poe.