shoggoths go slithering
H.P. Lovecraft was a master of purple prose and of unlikely dialog; and these days, if one should encounter a reference to one of Lovecraft's creations it is more likely to inspire a chuckle than a shudder. Cthulhu has made a number of appearances in's comic strip "User Friendly", the saga of life at an Internet Service Provider; occasionally refers to the "Necrotelicomnicon"; and has transplanted Peter Cook and Dudley Moore to the evil seaside town of Innsmouth.
But in his day, H.P. Lovecraft was a master of what was then called "weird" fiction. And if the criticisms of his work have some truth to them, nevertheless his better tales have a power to them that has withstood the test of time. Above all, he knew when to leave well-enough alone: when to describe in detail and when to leave it to the reader's imagination. I'm particularly fond of, which still gives me chills.
Lovecraft has been available in a wide variety of paperback editions over the years; the canonical editions are the hardcovers published by Arkham House. The Dunwich Horror and Others is undoubtedly the best one to start with.
Arkham House Editions