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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare #3- Clive Barker Vs. H.P. Lovecraft


The winner of the last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Clive Barker Vs. Joe Hill) with a final score of 6-5 was Clive Barker.

Close race, with a lot of comments suggesting that those not voting for Joe Hill simply hadn't read him. Perhaps time and success will vindicate him. In the meantime, does anyone know the story behind his name? I understand his real name his Joseph Hillstrom King, so I guess it wasn't a total rip-off off the labour activist. I also understand wanting to prove one's worth as an author without riding on a father's coattails. But doesn't the beard suggest otherwise? I'm thinking a shave and a blond mohawk might have disguised the identity a little better.

Anyway, thanks to April for suggesting Joe Hill. This week, I'm going with another suggestion. From Shannon, it's H.P. Sauce...er Lovecraft.

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (Sept. 30th, 2008), and if you want your author to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who's better?

13 comments:

Melanie said...

Lovecraft!!!!! By far.

Tracee said...

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GeraniumCat said...

Lovecraft for me, too, please.

Mr. Chester said...

Barker does have novels. His early stories are some of the creepiest stuff I've ever read. But, I'm still going to go with Lovecraft.

Nicola said...

Well, I know people rave about Lovecraft and I'm sure he'll win but I've only read a few short stories by him and wasn't impressed.

So may vote will continue to go with Clive Barker.

Remi said...

I'm sticking with Barker.

Corey Redekop said...

Damn, tough one. Lovecraft has proven he has influence, and he creates atmosphere better than anyone. But his prose was rather stolid, and his characterizations were weak.

Sticking with Barker. I reread him all the time, and Lovecraft (as much as I love him) is simply not as fine a writer.

Sam Houston said...

I'll go with Barker, mainly because that picture of him looks like one of the spooky characters out of his stories...

Rob Hardy said...

Jane Austen.

Oh, wait. I've been away for far too long. I don't recognize anyone. Where's Kookiejar? Why don't you live in Nunavut, or wherever it was, anymore? I'm so disoriented.

Okay. Lovecraft, simply because I've actually read one of his stories. I don't read horror (unless you count news stories about Sarah Palin).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm going to go with Lovecraft, just for kicks. I haven't used kicks as a rationale for voting yet, so it's time.

Isabella said...

Oh, I love HP Sauce!

I vote Lovecraft, for being a trailblazer with pervasive and lasting influence.

raidergirl3 said...

I'm voting for Rob. Too funny.

Of the two choices - meh. I haven't read either, and can't even summon up something that either have written. They are not in any area of my notice. I abstain this week.

brideofthebookgod said...

Has to be Lovecraft; I re-read him regularly, never get tired of him.