I have just finished a collection of short stories Call of Cthulhu by Lovecraft.
I know he's considered to be a bit special by the Dissensus types round here (in the same way Balllard is) and I was wondering why - I mean I think the stories were ok - a bit over-wraught and decidedly purple in places and very derivative of Poe. Also he seemed to be circling the same tropes - have I just read the wrong stuff or am I missing something?
He seems to fit into the tradition of the Hogg, Stevenson, Poe, M R James in that he tells unnerving stories - I suppose 'uncanny' tales. However, the addition of alien races combined with arcane knowledge keep on putting me in mind of Scientology and somehow spoils the effect.
Anyway, i would be interested to hear what others ahve to say - at least I know where Yogurt S got his name from now!