Edgar Allen Poe influence? (spoilers)

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Sep 13, 2015
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I was reading Poe the other day and it reminded me of the end of Revival, so I wanted to see what people thought. It's basically all a spoiler, so my whole comment is in the spoiler button although I differentiate between Poe and Revival spoilers.

At the end of Revival, Jacobs finds a terminally ill woman and waits for her to die to see if he could revive with his electrical energy.

I was reading "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" by Edgar Allen Poe. In this story, an expert in "mesmerism" who hypnotizes a terminally ill man just as he starts to die, to see what happens. The man stays on the edge of death (or in between life and death) before declaring he is really dead and then decaying.

Now this ending actually reminded me a lot of Lovecraft's "Thing on the Doorstep." But it felt reminiscent of the end of Revival. I know King was inspired by Lovecraft and Machen, but maybe he was thinking of Poe as well?
 

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I was reading Poe the other day and it reminded me of the end of Revival, so I wanted to see what people thought. It's basically all a spoiler, so my whole comment is in the spoiler button although I differentiate between Poe and Revival spoilers.

At the end of Revival, Jacobs finds a terminally ill woman and waits for her to die to see if he could revive with his electrical energy.

I was reading "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" by Edgar Allen Poe. In this story, an expert in "mesmerism" who hypnotizes a terminally ill man just as he starts to die, to see what happens. The man stays on the edge of death (or in between life and death) before declaring he is really dead and then decaying.

Now this ending actually reminded me a lot of Lovecraft's "Thing on the Doorstep." But it felt reminiscent of the end of Revival. I know King was inspired by Lovecraft and Machen, but maybe he was thinking of Poe as well?
...I can see that shading, though the overall tone was Lovecraftian....
 
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icarus

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Cheers Randolph for finding that similarity....there is some kind of connection of the story and Poe....I just finished Revival and it was a great read...the story also reminded me of a type of frankenstein feel to it....i liked the characters, Jacobs and young Jamie had a nice friendship... I thought the idea of healing people would cause some bad reaction later was a good twist in the story....sort of like the story of "the monkeys paw"
 
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