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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #2: Stephen King VERSUS Edgar Allan Poe

The winner of the very first Great Wednesday Compare (King Vs. Rowling) with a final score of 15-5 is Stephen King.

I must say, I had expected it to be a little closer. In fact, I even thought maybe I'd have to throw my two cents in to break a tie. For what it's worth, it probably would have been with King. Though the Rowling fans made some great points, I agree with those that said the verdict is still out on her. Maybe in 30 years or so she'll have even more converts. Then again, judging by Wikipedia's Best-Selling Books of All Time (if Wikipedia can be trusted), Rowling has 6 of her books in the top 20, King doesn't show up anywhere (the list stops at 44 for some reason). Needless to say, my results don't correlate to dollars (or pounds).

On to this week's debates. Same rules as last, vote based on whatever merit you wish...Who's better?






Stephen King or Edgar Allan Poe

29 comments:

John Mutford said...

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Siew Cooper said...

I voted for King last week, but this week I'm going to have to do a switch and vote Poe. Very little that he has written that I have not been enthralled with; many works by King (despite the bulk of his writing being fantastic) have left me unmoved.

Bybee said...

So you're making it harder this week! I really love ya, Steve, but I gotta go with Edgar. Mr. Poe creeped me out big-time with
The Tell-Tale Heart in 9th grade. In broad daylight.

Allison said...

Ooh, good compare.

Going with Poe, all the way though.

Matt said...

I can see this one being as lopsided as last week. I think King has met his match. I'm voting Poe, I've not read much from either but I've read more Poe. I don't think King can handle Poe's prose (eh, that rhymed).

kookiejar said...

This one required some soul searching for me. I love Poe, but he's never given me nightmares. I love King, but he's not a real innovator of the craft.

Why did you do this to me, John?

I'm voting for Stephen King. They are both masters at finding the horror in everyday situations, and making the ordinary seem creepy, but King's stories suck me in and Poe's (while beautifully written and totally original) never did. I may be alone here, but that's how I feel.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You're not alone in the woods, Kookiejar. I'm voting for King as well.

I did have to do considerable pondering on this, as Poe's stories are undeniable classics, but I always felt one step removed from them, perhaps by nature of the more archaic language used, while I became firmly entrenched in King's tales.

Dr J said...

Poe-- in a millisecond. Can't stand King, and though Poe can be a bit of an affected hack, he's at least readable.

Hannah said...

Found your site via Polar Daddy, sucks about the Canada Reads thing. Anyway, I have to vote for King. Poe never made me afraid to walk in front of the family station wagon, or insist on cremating the family cat "just in case". And, if I compare the plague stories both have written (The Masque of the Red Death, The Stand) I know which one scared the bejesus out of me and which one was just interesting.

Stephanie said...

Well....I have read most of Poe's work and all of Stephen King's. I still have to go with my heart and vote for King! He's my all-time favorite, and I think his work will most definitely stand the test of time!

Dewey said...

I love them both, but have to vote for Poe. Without Poe, would King's genre have had a large, established audience by the time he started to write?

Chris said...

Sorry I missed it. I must remember to vote next week.

Chris said...

Oops! It's still on, wahoo. Poe. Loved him as a kid- he's Creepy with a capital C.

John Mutford said...

Thanks for voting, and yes Chris, there's still time ;)

Matt, while Poe is in the lead I don't think he's a foregone conclusion just yet.

Rebecca said...

Hot damn! I don't know who to vote for!

I'm going with Poe. Poe and Lovecraft were the fathers of modern horror - yes, King is scarier, but Poe's works have stood the test of time. It remains to be seen how King will be remembered in 100 years or so (although I suspect it will be fondly :)

cj said...

I'm finding all these comments about King be scarier than Poe strange. I've never found him all that scary.

Poe and, as another commenter said, Lovecraft are a different story, however.

So, I'm going with Poe. Besides his amazing stories, he's one of the few poets I can stand.

Imani said...

I forgot to vote last week so I'm not making the same mistake again. I'm all for Poe.

Sam Houston said...

Well, Poe has already stood the test of time and is still with us and considered to be a master of his craft. Gotta be Poe.

Gentle Reader said...

It's gotta be Poe, because he was one of the first writers I ever read who really scared me. Fun compare!

raidergirl3 said...

I'll give my vote to King. Come on people, The Stand?

John Mutford said...

Just a reminder, votes can be placed up until next Tuesday night. If you feel strongly about your vote, consider recruiting your friends to vote...

Ted said...
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Ted said...

Poe. I probably haven't read enough King, to be fair, but Poe was the original and is still culturally influential after 150 years.

Literary Feline said...

Without a doubt, I have to cast my vote for Edgar Allan Poe. Not only is he a brillant writer, but he has a fascinating history all his own. I have to say though that it's really because he is considered the father of the detective story, that he earns my vote.

S.W. Blues said...

Is this even a serious question? Poe all but invented the mystery genre, the horror genre, and the short story! He was also one of the first literary critics in America (King writes for what, Entertainment Weekly?). Let's see who's still reading King a century and a half from now.

Christina said...

I vote Poe, but I'm afraid it's a default vote. I've never read any Steven King [EEP!] Can we still be friends?

I love Poe. My favourite short story is "Cask of Amontillado", with "Telltale Heart" a very close second. Descriptive language that easily draws goosebumps!

J.S. Peyton said...

Well it looks like I'm going to have to follow the crowd here and go with Poe. I love King (The Shining had me jumping at weird night noises for weeks) but King has never been able to crawl under my skin (and stay there) like Poe. "The Tell-Tale Heart" is some creepy stuff indeed.

Anonymous said...

This is just wrong! Poe should have won easily. The author of The Black Cat doesn't win?????

John Mutford said...

Anonymous, I think you misunderstood. Stephen King was the winner of King Vs. Rowling, in this match up Poe did win!