Intertextuality is something common in literature. And each writer follows a certain tradition and follows on the steps of previous writers. So no wonder that Stephen King may be influenced or inspired by previous great writers such as Poe and Lovecraft. There is no point in comparing and saying that one is better than the other. We can like them all and appreciate their novels and short stories because even if novelists may share some features, each has his own style and way of expressing his vision and his experience in this world.