I'll always fear sea monsters. Always.
@joygirl: Oh. Yeah, that one was slow. The ones I've read that I actually liked were The Colour Out Of Space and At The Mountains Of Madness, and even they tend to lag a bit (especially the latter).
No shame in not liking his work- Lovecraft isn't for everyone.
"Mountains" is one of his best, but for one with a faster pace "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" is great. Also "Herbert West: Reanimator" is an excellent telling of a classic concept, obviously reanimation. Like a lot of Lovecraft, it's more a psychological descent than anything, even with creepy Frankenstein things involved.
Cool Air is a good story. The Cthulhu stuff is kinda cool. Otherwise he is pretty meh for me.
Cool Air is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories, along with Re-Animator and Arthur Jermyn. I am probably in minority, but i actually like his lesser known stories more than his more famous , Cthulhu stories.
I agree that his paragraphs can often be lengthy, lofty, and full of exposition - but that's part of his charm. Like Le Carre, he adopts a very dense and detailed style of storytelling which might be off-putting to some, but his work had a number of innovative concepts that still influence greats like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, to name a few.
Well, everyone is titled to their opinion but I often can't stand when someone claims that a person "sucks" yet fails to produce anything notable in the same field. For instance, a person that can't draw anything claiming an artist "sucks".
I mean really, in the annals of history he is remembered as an influential horror author and you are remembered for nothing. So, I guess by conventional definition, you suck.
You've only read all the way through one short story and you're saying he sucks as a writer? He does tend to over-explain himself with extremely lengthy sentences, but it has more to do with his writing style than his actual ability to write. If you don't like the way it's written that's fine, but it's just dependent on personal taste.
@joygirl: Well personally I don't think you've read alot Lovecraft's work.
He has written amazing stories and as other viners have said he inspired a lot of other awesome writer like Neil Gaiman, Stephen King etc.
Has has also created some of the best and most powerful characters ever I mean look at Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth, Azathoth, etc.
But then again it is your opinion after all ;)
though I agree that he was a racist but do you know who's more racist? two words "Holly" Wood"!