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Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe
Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe
Battle information
Release date June 2, 2014
Number 42
Views 64M
Length 2:25
Previous Goku vs Superman
Next Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye
Beat Information
Beat(s) Trapwork Orange
BPM 144 (Poe)
136 (King)
Beat producer(s) Tristan Krause
Other information
Actors George Watsky
Zach Sherwin
Rappers Poe480King480
Location(s) A dark, moonlit forest

Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe is the forty-second installment of Epic Rap Battles of History and the ninth episode of Season 3. It features the King of Horror, Stephen King, rapping against influential 19th century poet and horror author, Edgar Allan Poe. It was released on June 2nd, 2014.


George Watsky as Edgar Allan Poe

Zach Sherwin as Stephen King


Edgar Allan Poe:

Once upon a midnight dreary, as I spit this weak and weary,

I will choke this joker with a trochee till his cheeks are teary! (Ahh!)

But y'all don't hear me! All should fear me!

I'll forever be better; you'll never be near me.

Your books are as eerie as Beverly Cleary!

You're a faux Bram Stoker, so scram, the show's over!

Your flow's so-so. Poe's poems pwn posers!

(Snap!) I wrote them locked in a cave, while I sobbed in a rage.

The Tell-Tale Heart beats soft in its grave while this jerk just beats off on a page!

Stephen King:

Oh, you want to talk shop, you gothed-out fop?

Go back to Hot Topic and shop for a top!

There's a melancholy alcoholic laughingstock

In the King's house; now watch the Castle Rock!

Pouty little poet with an opiate affliction!

I'm a workaholic with a fiction addiction!

I'm making dedicated readers shivery and jittery!

Feel that Rage and Misery!

You better start Running, Man! You're in deep poo, Poe!

I'm a mad dog, fangs Shining; Cujo!

Tommyknock you down till you can't Stand up!

You're as soft as Po, the Kung Fu Panda!

Racks on racks 'cause I pen fat stacks of frightening writing; have you seen the pile?

I can even take a break from my routine style!

Crank out a Shawshank or a Green Mile!

Masque of the Red Death? Barely blood curdling.

Pit and the Pendulum? Not even unnerving.

Perving on your first cousin when she's thirteen years old? Now, that's disturbing!

Edgar Allan Poe:

Stephen, you pretend to do it, I've been really living through it: misery and poverty and family woes!

I see through you like pantyhose, doing Chappelle and Simpsons cameos! (Ahh!)

Even if you're gripping on a weapon, then you better get to stepping if you're messing with the horror lord!

In a minute maybe I'mma hit him, cut him into itty bitty bits, and I'mma stick him in the floorboards!

Stephen King:

*sigh* Speaking of bored, you're the worst!

Dropped out of school, but you can't drop a verse!

I could have spent that time better.

In eight bars, I can write a whole best-seller!

I'm so prolific! This sickly goblin won't be bothering me! I'm on a clobbering spree,

And I'll be smacking you with any of the big thick books in my big dick bibliography!

See, I'm the author with the blood and gore lore galore that'll horrify a reader to the core!

Fame? Money? Talent? Success? You'll always have less, nevermore!




  • This is the first rap battle in which a character's face fills the screen and masks the background, occuring during the first line of Edgar Allan Poe's second verse.
  • The real Stephen King tweeted, "Good news/bad news kind of thing: MR. MERCEDES comes out tomorrow, but I think Poe shut me down in the rap contest. :-("[1]
    • This makes King the seventh person confirmed to know about their battle.
      • This is the second time someone portrayed in a rap battle mentioned it on Twitter.
        • He, later, tweeted his own lyrics for a battle versus Poe.[2] [3]
  • On August 22nd, 2016, Stephen King's quote, "Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win," was written in the description of the video.



  • This is the second battle after Doc Brown vs Doctor Who to feature George Watsky and Zach Sherwin rapping against each other.
    • Coincidentally, both battles are the ninth battle of the season.
    • This is also the first and so far only battle to include George Watsky in a one-on-one rapping role.
  • This is the first battle where Zach Sherwin does not face Nice Peter.
  • This is the first battle since Mozart vs Skrillex to not have any locations at all.
    • It is also the only Season 3 battle to do so.
  • This is the second battle in which both Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD neither physically nor vocally appear, excluding the announcer, after Michael Jordan vs Muhammad Ali.
    • This is also the second battle in which Lloyd does not appear at all.
  • This is the third battle in which the ERB logo is not shown on a single-colored background. Instead, it is shown on a night sky with moving clouds.


  • The battle begins with the first line and ends with the last line of the "The Raven". Poe's first line was taken from the start of Poe's "The Raven" and changed to fit the battle: "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary." King's last line is also taken from Poe's "The Raven", although used in a different context to fit the battle: "Nevermore!"


  • When the announcer says, "You decide!", MrMightymario's suggestion appears twice.
  • The old poll on the official ERB site misspells Stephen King's name as Steven King.
    • Edgar Allan Poe's name was also misspelled as Edgar Allen Poe when the video was initially uploaded on YouTube, but it was later fixed.

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