I scour the web daily for links to post here and at the eZine Facebook page, and I frequently see comments in forums about Lovecraft’s “poor writing ability”. Great ideas, they say, but poor execution.
I have to disagree. Lovecraft doesn’t write like other authors, it’s true; but that doesn’t make it bad writing. And I could be wrong, but it seems to me that the majority of those who are on this bandwagon have barely glanced at his work. They “couldn’t get into it”, so therefore it must be terrible.
Lovecraft has his own distinctive style, just like Bradbury, Block, Child, and so many others. And like any author, some of Lovecraft’s stories are better than others; but I honestly can’t see how anyone could say that At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu, and The Shadow Out of Time are examples of poor writing.
I’ll venture to say that many authors that these people love won’t be read one hundred years from now — but Lovecraft will.
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