I spent a lot of the weekend reading short stories and novellas by Brian Lumley. This was set in motion when my pal, Paul McNamee, posted on facebook about several Lumley collections being available cheap for the Kindle. I picked up THE COMPLETE CROW (all the short stories about Lumley's occult investigator Titus Crow) THE TAINT AND OTHER NOVELLAS (What it says. Horror novellas) and HAGGOPIAN AND OTHER STORIES (A collection of Cthulhu mythos stories.) I read all the Crow stories and all the short stories and a couple of the novellas.
It's an uneven bunch, as are most collections of this nature, but for the most part I enjoyed the stories. Lumley, sort of like me, is a guy who often uses Lovecraftian horror as a background for action adventure stories. His heroes tend to fight back, rather than go mad or be eaten like so many of H.P. Lovecraft's protagonists. Yes, there are gibbering, slavering things from the Outer Dark, but they can be fought.
Some of the other stories though are pure horror and people come to nasty ends. Like I said, a mixed bag. Up until now, most of the stories I'd read by Brian Lumley were in his PRIMAL LANDS or DREAMLANDS series. I have to say I like his take on the Cthulhu mythos. Sometimes he strays a little far into the mindset of his mentor August Derleth, but for the most part he uses the Mythos to tell highly entertaining stories. It ain't Lovecraft but it ain't bad.