Lovecraft is an author I have very mixed feelings about. He had doubtless a colossal imagination (and probably would have been an utter delight to speak with) but he was also often hampered by ham-handed prose, and his best stories are IMO where his imagination triumphs over his (lack of) writing skill. Here are my fav HPL tales: Shadows over Innsmouth (I think this was the most flawless of his works that i've read...fantastic build-up of atmosphere and almost none of the shrieky manner in which he normally describes his "unspeakably horrors" and "unimaginable terrors") At the Mountains of Madness (IMO one of his most ambitious works, fascinating the way he describes the history of the ancient ones, although the concept of his wanderers grasping all of it, just walking by friezes in the course of one day is rather contrived. Also his description of the desolate Antarctic landscape is awesome) Dreams in the Witch-House (very trippy story, a lot of the elements described separately would sound very silly to me, but they come together beautifully in this hallucinatory tale, perhaps the fact that I, like the protagonist, was nursing a fever when i first read it influences my liking of it) On an aside, I should say that The Dunwich Horror was one of the most disappointng stories I'd ever read. After all the HPL hype from people like King and Ligotti, I picked up this, one of hs most famous stories, and was horrified by what I consider its very pedestrian quality. There are other HPL stories I'm disappointed by but at least they weren't hyped like this one was.