Re: What's the appeal of Lovecraft? And horror in general?
"The Call of Cthulhu" was definitely a horror story and so was "The Picture in the House". I personally wouldn't read Lovecraft if he did not create complex plots. That is what keeps me interested in his stories. I can read them more than one time and continue to gain a perspective on what is being described in detail. It is difficult to see all of it because it really is heavy work, but that is the appeal and the challenge!
If I simply read Lovecraft than it does not work well. I find it more productive to wait until I have a lot of energy before I read a story of his. I have tried reading it when I had mediocre energy and I did not make it through the story, however that is not the case with other books. I am not aware of any other writer that provides the depth of Lovecraft. One day, I intend to become a fire breathing dragon, and than I'll dive into the waters of Dagon.