Re: What's the appeal of Lovecraft? And horror in general?
Wolery, one last comment from me for now. Don't miss HPL's "The Colour Out of Space." This is a story of horror. But I believe it is also a humane story. Lovecraft often went for the shock ending. What I remember from this story, rather, is pathos. You will find something of the sort in what I suppose is William Hope Hodgson's best story, "The Voice in the Night."