Originally Posted by knivesout
I don't think it was meant to be an international survey; they seem to have chosen people who are prominent in different creative fields and seemed like likely interviewees either because they are avowed Lovecraft fans or because they deal with subject matter that is somehow in the broad horror genre.
The people they interviewed are all writers, directors, scholars, etc., who have been influenced by Lovecraft. Carpenter, for instance, has made several films with Lovecraftian references in them, while his version of The Thing
has heavy Lovecraftian elements (as does In the Mouth of Madness
). Joshi, of course, is the world's leading Lovecraft scholar. Peter Straub edited the Library of America edition of Lovecraft's Tales
. Caitlin R. Kiernan has written several things influenced by HPL and is herself quite a knowledgeable Lovecraftian. Del Toro has also had several elements in his films which derived from HPL, and has long been trying to get backing for a film version of At the Mountains of Madness
. And so on....
So yes, J. P. is right; it wasn't a survey, it was interviewing people who had some genuine notable connection to HPL and/or his work.