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Topic: Clive Barker Vs. Stephen King
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Sep 19, 2010 03:15AM)
Its not fair to compare them I know it isn't rational however I want some other opinions here.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Sep 19, 2010 04:14AM)
Lovecraft
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Sep 19, 2010 04:29AM)
James Herbert trumps both.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Sep 19, 2010 04:01PM)
I prefer King, myself.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Sep 19, 2010 06:08PM)
I have the 1930's Scfi magazines premireing Mountains of Madness.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Sep 19, 2010 06:11PM)
I'm a barker fan personally. but I will have to read some herbert
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Sep 19, 2010 06:14PM)
Try Charles Stross and/or Peter Watts. Both have put stories online so you can sample their works. May I suggest Watts [url=http://www.rifters.com/real/shorts/PeterWatts_Ambassador.pdf]"Ambassador"[/url] (space stuff) or [url=http://www.rifters.com/real/shorts/WattsChanner_Bulk_Food.pdf]"Bulk Food"[/url] (getting along with whales) to start. Charles Stross stories including [url=http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm] A Colder War[/url] and [url=http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/spring2007/fiction-missile-gap-by-charles-stross/]Missile Gap[/url] are are also online to sample - and savor :)

Their most recent works, "The Fuller Memorandum" (stross) and "Blindsight" (watts) are fine reads.
Message: Posted by: mstgracy (Sep 19, 2010 06:31PM)
Thanks I work at a library so I have acess to allot of these what a day job!
Message: Posted by: crestfallenLyric (Sep 19, 2010 07:10PM)
I found King's novels to be more psychologically thrilling, and Barker to be outright horror. Take that with a grain of salt.

Personally, I love both!
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Sep 19, 2010 07:21PM)
Steven King wrote a story about a box of toys. Clive Barker might have added that the Barbies's set them up to it - and that it was all a plan by the leggo to bring back their popularity (after the other parties refused to make "intimate" movies for viewmaster) - ending with a reference to how tiresome it got when raggedy anne and andy found out they were siblings. Story left open to their revenge.

;)

Perhaps some like Stross (Lovecraft/Flemming) will do thematic mashups between the meta-fiction of those authors.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Van Van Mojo (Sep 20, 2010 06:27AM)
Like 'em both, prefer Stephen King. Also really enjoy John Saul and Tim Lebbon.
Message: Posted by: Whit Haydn (Sep 20, 2010 12:35PM)
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On 2010-09-19 20:21, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
Steven King wrote a story about a box of toys. Clive Barker might have added that the Barbies's set them up to it - and that it was all a plan by the leggo to bring back their popularity (after the other parties refused to make "intimate" movies for viewmaster) - ending with a reference to how tiresome it got when raggedy anne and andy found out they were siblings. Story left open to their revenge.

;)

Perhaps some like Stross (Lovecraft/Flemming) will do thematic mashups between the meta-fiction of those authors.
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Barker may be more interested in Barbi and Ken's kinky eroticism driven by their anatomical limitations, which leads to horrific violence when Ken removes Barbi's head and hides it somewhere in her dream house.
Message: Posted by: critter (Sep 20, 2010 12:36PM)
Also a Lovecraft fan. I would pick Barker. The Hellbound Heart was pretty psychologically disturbing to me. The whole idea of how to seperate pleasure from pain and that feeling pain is better than feeling nothing is pretty unsettling.