Poe vs Lovecraft Essay

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Poe v.s Lovecraft I was about 11, just entered middle school, when I was introduced to the works of H.P Lovecraft. My cousin lent me his book The best of H.P Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre, (Which I’m never giving back) and I loved it. I read that thing cover to cover, I probably didn’t put that thing down for a month. I loved the terrifying way he made it all sound so real. Maybe a year later, I wanted to read some more cool horror similar to H.P Lovecraft, and I checked out some Edgar Allan Poe. Now don’t get me wrong here, Edgar Allan Poe rocks, but compared to H.P Lovecraft, his stories seemed a bit… humane. His most famous story was about a scary bird for crying out loud, while Lovecraft invented his own mythos. I’m sure you all know everything there is to know about Edgar Allan Poe, but what do you really know about H.P Lovecraft? Well, first off, his full name was Howard Phillips Lovecraft, and he was born, in Rhode Island in the Late 1800’s. At around the age of 10, his father went insane, and he was left in the care of his mother. Later, his grandfather became his father figure, and a great source of inspiration of the heroes in his stories, if there ever were any. He wrote almost 100 stories, and he only lived to be 46. There are tons of different opinions regarding who is better, Poe, or Lovecraft. I’m sure most of you think Poe is obviously better, because he came first. It’s true Lovecraft looked up to him a bit, but it doesn’t mean he is any better. I’m not out to criticize Poe at all, I just think H.P Lovecraft is just as good, or better, he just came later, and thus, was labeled a copycat by some scholars. Lovecraft’s influence is in so many pieces of media today. One of them being famous horror novelist, Stephen King. Regarding Lovecraft, he said, “now that time has given us some perspective on his work, I think it

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