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Where Thy Dark Eye Glances - Queering Edgar Allan Poe

There are 10 comments on the EDGE story from Jul 24, 2013, titled Where Thy Dark Eye Glances - Queering Edgar Allan Poe. In it, EDGE reports that:

Among the only things that drive home the spirit of isolation more poignantly than growing up LGBTQ are solitary confinement and the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

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“Building Better Worlds”

Since: May 13

Europa

#1 Jul 25, 2013

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#2 Jul 25, 2013
It does not sound like he was trying to claim Poe was gay - this is a good thing.

“Equality First”

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#3 Jul 25, 2013
I fell in love with Poe's writing when I was in high school. I devoured every word he wrote that I could lay my hands on. I was told by a lit teacher to also read H.P. Lovecraft, but although he had a Poe-like style, he could not match the genius of Poe.

Since: Sep 10

Earth

#4 Jul 25, 2013
RalphB wrote:
I fell in love with Poe's writing when I was in high school. I devoured every word he wrote that I could lay my hands on. I was told by a lit teacher to also read H.P. Lovecraft, but although he had a Poe-like style, he could not match the genius of Poe.
There were better horror writers in the late-19th and early-20th centuries than Lovecraft (e.g. Frank Belknap Long, Algernon Blackwood). Lovecraft's wordiness made him unreadable to all but the obsessed fan (see also: HRR Tolkien), and most people I knew grew out of it. There are also rumours that Lovecraft was gay, but his racism and anti-semitism put me off reading him ever again.

The best of the C'thulhu writers was Robert Bloch (yes, the author of "Psycho") who had a great sense of humour and a much more readable style and vocabulary. Half of Stephen King's "ideas" are ripoffs and plagiarism of Bloch's work.

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#5 Jul 25, 2013
P_Smith wrote:
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There were better horror writers in the late-19th and early-20th centuries than Lovecraft (e.g. Frank Belknap Long, Algernon Blackwood). Lovecraft's wordiness made him unreadable to all but the obsessed fan (see also: HRR Tolkien), and most people I knew grew out of it. There are also rumours that Lovecraft was gay, but his racism and anti-semitism put me off reading him ever again.
The best of the C'thulhu writers was Robert Bloch (yes, the author of "Psycho") who had a great sense of humour and a much more readable style and vocabulary. Half of Stephen King's "ideas" are ripoffs and plagiarism of Bloch's work.
I have read Long, Blackwood and Tolkien. The first two I enjoyed, though not to the extent I did Poe. As for Tolkien, I was left cold. I could not get into his stuff and only completed one of the Ring trilogy. By the way, I'm sure it was just a typo, but it's J.R.R. In my mind, Poe was the original and the best of his genre. Bloch was good, but IMHO, not in the same category as Poe. But in the end, appreciation of writing styles is much like beauty, in the eye of the beholder. The important thing is that we continue to read and enjoy dictated by our own taste.

Since: Sep 10

Earth

#6 Jul 25, 2013
RalphB wrote:
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I have read Long, Blackwood and Tolkien. The first two I enjoyed, though not to the extent I did Poe. As for Tolkien, I was left cold. I could not get into his stuff and only completed one of the Ring trilogy. By the way, I'm sure it was just a typo, but it's J.R.R. In my mind, Poe was the original and the best of his genre. Bloch was good, but IMHO, not in the same category as Poe. But in the end, appreciation of writing styles is much like beauty, in the eye of the beholder. The important thing is that we continue to read and enjoy dictated by our own taste.
I wasn't trolling, but I didn't expect someone to agree almost entirely with what I said. And I never said Bloch was the same as Poe. Poe was scary but dreary, too much of that "buried alive" stuff in his writing. Bloch could have made a living as a comedy writer.

Just for the sake of pointless trivia, here's an interesting link. Frank Belknap Long is distantly related to Anna Belknap, the actress on "CSI New York".

http://www.belnapfamily.org/notablerelatives....

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#7 Jul 25, 2013
P_Smith wrote:
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I wasn't trolling, but I didn't expect someone to agree almost entirely with what I said. And I never said Bloch was the same as Poe. Poe was scary but dreary, too much of that "buried alive" stuff in his writing. Bloch could have made a living as a comedy writer.
Just for the sake of pointless trivia, here's an interesting link. Frank Belknap Long is distantly related to Anna Belknap, the actress on "CSI New York".
http://www.belnapfamily.org/notablerelatives....
The link didn't work. One of my hobbies is genealogy. You'd be amazed at how many connections I have found to famous people. Not that it matters, since I'm not famous, and I'm sure they don't want to hear from me.

“Building Better Worlds”

Since: May 13

Europa

#8 Jul 25, 2013
RalphB wrote:
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The link didn't work. One of my hobbies is genealogy. You'd be amazed at how many connections I have found to famous people. Not that it matters, since I'm not famous, and I'm sure they don't want to hear from me.
I have an amusing Hitler story in that regard. <g> (No, I am not related to him any any way).

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#9 Jul 25, 2013
P_Smith wrote:
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There were better horror writers in the late-19th and early-20th centuries than Lovecraft (e.g. Frank Belknap Long, Algernon Blackwood). Lovecraft's wordiness made him unreadable to all but the obsessed fan (see also: HRR Tolkien), and most people I knew grew out of it. There are also rumours that Lovecraft was gay, but his racism and anti-semitism put me off reading him ever again.
The best of the C'thulhu writers was Robert Bloch (yes, the author of "Psycho") who had a great sense of humour and a much more readable style and vocabulary. Half of Stephen King's "ideas" are ripoffs and plagiarism of Bloch's work.
I am actually a Lovecraft fan, even though his writng is flawed in some ways. I really doubt he was gay - he was more of a misfit for his society than anything else, which partly explained his antisemitic and racist rants (ironically, he was briefly married to a Jewish woman).

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#10 Jul 25, 2013
Europa Report wrote:
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I have an amusing Hitler story in that regard. <g> (No, I am not related to him any any way).
We don't want to hear it, and we don't care.

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