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The Dark Side Of Writing: Edagar Allan Poe And Stephen King

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Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King are famous for their works in horror. Who are these authors and why do they write these horrifying tales? Edgar Allan Poe’s life and literary works are more ominous than Stephen King’s life and literary work.
Edgar Allan Poe had a morose story of his life. His life started out with his parents dying when Poe was only three years old. He was adopted by a wealthy tobacco merchant, John Allan and his wife, Frances Valentine Allan. John Allan raised Edgar Allan Poe to be his own, yet Poe wasn’t an Allan much. Poe decided not to go into business for college yet that was the only reason John would pay for Edgar to go to college. So, Edgar Allan Poe had to pay for ...view middle of the document...

The alcoholism could have killed Edgar Allan Poe. “In a medical study, a Medical practitioner’s evidence has shown that Poe could have suffered from rabies or from ‘acute congestion of the brain’ from alcohol in his system” (poets.org). Edgar Allan Poe was found in Baltimore for unknown reason when he was supposedly going to Philadelphia. On the other hand, Stephen King’s life is not as bad as Edgar Allan Poe’s. Stephen King was a surprise to the King Family, when he was born on September 21, 1947. Stephen King’s parent’s relationship was a beastly one, and ended with Stephen’s father leaving when he was two years old. King had ups and downs as a child. According to Stephen King in an interview, King said,
As a young child, King witnessed a horrifying accident. “The event occurred when I was barely four,” King recounted. “According to Mom, I had gone off to play at a neighbor’s house — a house that was near a railroad line. About an hour after I left, I came back, she said, ‘as white as a ghost.’ I would not speak for the rest of the day. I would not tell her why I’d not waited to be picked up or phoned that I wanted to come home. I would not tell her why my chum’s mom hadn’t walked me back, but had allowed me to come home alone. It turned out that the kid I had been playing with had been run over by a freight train while playing on or crossing the tracks… My mom never knew if I had been near him when it happened. But I have no memory of the incident at all, only of having been told about it some years after the fact” (blogs.amctv.com).
King, in college studied literature to become a writer just like Poe. Stephen King’s pathway was not as hard and bumpy like Edgar Allan Poe’s life. Stephen was not struggling through college, he did not have to gamble! King was inspired by Lovecraft, Bloch and Finney, which motivated his start of the horror writer. He published his first work of literature in a little book called the Comic Review, the title was “I was a Teenage Grave Robber”. That was published in 1959. When he was twenty four years old, he married his high school sweetheart, Tabitha in 1971. He then bounced around with jobs like he worked in a industrial Laundromat, then went to being a janitor. Next, he worked as a teacher in Maine and finally he is a successful writer that is still publishing books. He is watching his books become well known movies and tv shows. He has three children Joe Hill, Owen King, Naomi and Kelly Braffet. There are now four novelists in the family of King.
“Poe is seen to be morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles”(poemuseum.org). Poe started out as editors of different newspapers, here and there he would get a story in. The credit was not there but got his fame until his death, when his stories became a wide succession in all parts of the world. Poe finally won a contest that jump started his writing career. Poe longed to be a famous writer and he published his...

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