Michael Connelly produced an interesting book a few years ago titled, In The Shadow OF The Master. It was a collection of Poe’s stories with introductions from famous authors. King provided an introduction to The Tell Tale Heart, and noted that crime writers such as John D. MacDonaldand and Thomas Harris are what he calls “the children of Poe.”
What about Stephen King? Is he a child of Poe? Not quite. King has said that he has been more inspired by other writers; but that writers he loved to read had been influenced by Poe. Writers like Robert Block, H..P. Lovecraft and Raybradbury are all authors who fell under Poe’s spell and who in turn influenced Stephen King. These are writers King loves, so, King has suggested that Poe is more like his twisted grandfather.
From: Stephen King A Face Among The Masters