From One Master of Horror to Another

Maroš Buday

From One Master of Horror to Another

Číslo: 1/2015
Periodikum: Prague Journal of English Studies

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Anotace: This article deals with the work of two of the most prominent horror fiction writers

in American history, namely Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King. The focus of this
study is put on the comparative approach while tracing the influence of Poe’s several
chosen narratives in King’s novel called The Shining (1977). The chosen approach
has uncovered that King’s novel embodies numerous characteristics, tendencies,
and other signs of inspiration by Poe’s narratives. The Shining encompasses Poe’s
tales such as “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, and
“The Black Cat” which are shown to be pivotal aspects of King’s novel. The analysis
has shown that the aforementioned King’s novel exhibits Shakespearean elements
intertwined with Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death”, the Overlook Hotel to be a composite
consisting of various Poesque references, and that The Shining’s protagonist is a
reflection of autobiographical references to specific aspects of the lives of Poe and King