H.P. Lovecraft by ~MirrorCradle on deviantART
More than other works that have entered the public domain and become common cultural property, writing in Lovecraft's world feels like contributing to something. From the beginning, Lovecraft was building on the work people before him had written, and he and his writer friends were swapping ideas and building a composite universe. Even decades later, Lovecraft's creations keepcropping up in other stories, sometimes as action story cannon-fodder, sometimes as alien invaders, sometimes more in keeping with their original roles. And, of course, the tentacle porn.
lovecraft by ~williamjohns on deviantART
Even if stories didn't explicitly reference the Mythos, you can see Lovecraft's DNA in movies and TV series like The Wicker Man, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Thing, The X-Files, The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity... the list is endless. For an author who was obscure in his lifetime, he's cast a long shadow. This may be due to the fact that Lovecraft's works are in the public domain and can be freely used and altered, though one could argue that if Lovecraft had been a little more savvy about business, he might have hung onto the rights and maybe made a little more money. He's almost a sacrificial figure, dying in giving his gift to the world.
Deeply in Lovecraft by ~gavoid on deviantART
I'd like to thank Circlet for the opportunity to add a leaf to this particularly twisted, squamous, rugose tree.
Any questions, this your last chance.