Originally Posted by jwjp
where to start with Lovecraft's words?
I have a couple short story collections. The supernatural/horror/sci-fi stuff, especially toward the end of his life is the best, and what he's most famous for.
"The Whisperer in Darkness"
"The Dunwich Horror"
"The Colour Out of Space" (this is probably my favorite)
"The Haunter of the Dark"
"The Rats in the Walls"
"The Call of Cthulhu" (of course)
Good novellas:The Shadow Over InnsmouthAt the Mountains of MadnessThe Shadow Out of Time
EDIT: I should also mention that most of the work of Lovecraft's descendants (e.g. those working on the Cthulhu mythos) is not generally very good. August Derleth just wasn't crazy enough, to be honest, but his "The Lamp of Alhazred" is actually quite good.