And where else will you get a story about a three hundred years old mass murderer getting killed by Indian zombies?
Hear hear! Some of Lovecraft's stuff is among the best in literary history. The fascination with the man and his times came when I discovered the really awful stuff, which would rank among the worst. It makes me appreciate that he was making this up as he went along. Today Fantasy, Crime, Sci-Fi and Horror are genres with well-understood conventions. But these people were creating something new. Experimentation led to masterpieces and abhorrent failures. And with friends such as Chad and Chris to talk them over with, the failures can often be so much more entertaining than the masterpieces
Another Trash-Lover I suppose? As a devotee of monster-craze movies I should have fallen in love at first sight, but the bad stories had to grow on me. Or I on them. Admittedly I lack the education to properly judge literature, but I can recognize a piece of silly writing when it hits me in the face. Still it can be enjoyable. For all the wrong reasons.
You make a good point however. Sometimes one has to fire a few shots in the dark Just to see what happens. And if there is something to be hit.
Moreover it is the flaws in his writings, that make HPL easier to relate to than The Big Guys. He is „closer“ to the hobby writer and thus more accessible. I `ve been into fanfiction for a while and have an idea how hard it is sometimes to get a story together. You sit there, writing and re-writing, bleeding up your a... basically – you even know where the problem is and still those damn words just won `t be right. Eventually you settle for some second best solution unsatisfying as it may be... and then you come across a story by a well known author and realize „Hey! That guy had the same problem as I had. Maybe I `m not THAT awful after all!“
It just may be that is one more reason for his continued popularity. In any case a comparatively high percentage of Lovedraft fans seem to do some creative work themselves and there are clearly more
amateur writers creating lovecraftian stuff than say Poe stuff.
Just for the fun of it, I like to add that Muriel E. Eddy, (wife of weird fiction author Clifford Eddy) praised Red Hook as one of his best stories and also talked enthusiactically about the surprising twists in
Lovecraft `s work. So. Hm.