Poe vs Lovecraft

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Re: Poe vs Lovecraft

Post by Rebeccaej » 26 Mar 2017, 22:29

Has to be Poe. One of my first responses to Lovecraft was, "wow. This guy consumed a steady diet of Poe during his formative years."

I've found that my taste for "weird," has dampened over time, but subtle and creepy is always cool.

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Post by Books_are_Life » 11 Apr 2017, 11:44

I vote for Lovecraft as his writings tend to use the readers imagination as his source of horror than Poe.

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Post by bobRas » 13 Apr 2017, 06:36

Poe > Lovecraft.
Lovecraft's xenophobia drove him to describe someone doing nothing out of the ordinary as horrifying, simply because he looked different. While Lovecraft codified the Cosmic Horror genre, I would not consider him the master of it.

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Post by 3c_robles » 23 Apr 2017, 06:30

bobRas wrote:Poe > Lovecraft.
Lovecraft's xenophobia drove him to describe someone doing nothing out of the ordinary as horrifying, simply because he looked different. While Lovecraft codified the Cosmic Horror genre, I would not consider him the master of it.
This. Although Poe was also definitely not the progressive dude (slavery apologist) he also was just the better writer in terms of craft. You can't just describe something as cyclopean and think that makes it scary, H.P. I do think Lovecraft expanded the weird horror genre, but other writers would take that even further. There's also the problem of Lovecraft being a crazy racist, and if you are somebody who has experienced racism, that puts a real damper on enjoying some of his writing as you get older. I think there should be a recovery group, led by Thomas Lavalle or Junot Diaz, for recovering young Lovecraft fans of color.

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Post by chensea » 25 Apr 2017, 22:26

Poe has touched my university days a lot. So I'd choose him hehe

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Post by pricklypurple » 28 Jun 2018, 10:00

Poe is horror to me. Lovecraft is Sci-Fi-ish and odd. I prefer Poe.

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Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 17 Aug 2018, 17:22

I would go with Lovecraft. His stories are a lot more chilling. I like Poe and his misteries but, Lovecraft unsettles me more.
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. - H.P. Lovecraft :techie-studyinggray:

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Post by Vscholz » 17 Aug 2018, 19:13

I have always been a fan of Poe... the little emo/goth/whatever in me is still a fangirl. I love the darker stories with their ghosts and mysteries.

I love the idea of Lovecraft's Cthulhu. I haven't read much of his stories, but I have a growing pile of his works that I'm working on. All of my friends know that anything with tentacles--especially Cthulhu--is a welcome and appreciated gift in my life.

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Post by Sakilunamermaid » 17 Aug 2018, 19:22

I am actually not very familiar of Lovecraft, but I do love the eldritch horrors. I've only been introduced to the creatures through Rimworld modifications.
I feel that Poe's writings are more used to highlight the evils of people. Where Lovecraft has otherworldly creatures that are made from nightmare and dwell in the shadows.

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