I don't think I would like this world very much if Lovecraft pursued essays. First off, a lot of my favorite video games wouldn't exist without the inspiration that Lovecraft gave the developers. Second, I don't think horror would be where it is today without the help of Lovecraft. His stories are downright terrifying. While I don't agree with you that his works drag through the mud because of his vocabulary, I do understand the fact that if you are unfamiliar with it, the words will really lose a lot of their meaning.