Horror fiction is, in many ways, one of the oldest forms of genre fiction, going all they back to pre-modern folklore: Check It Out: It’s a great time to read horror fiction
I’ve read this H.P. Lovecraft story several times over the past 30 years.
It isn’t a bad story…but some of the dialogue sure is:
“It come from that stone . . . it growed down thar . . . it got everything livin’ . . . it fed itself on ’em, mind and body . . . Thad an’ Mernie, Zenas an’ Nabby . . . Nahum was the last . . . they all drunk the water . . . it got strong on ’em . . . it come from beyond, whar things ain’t like they be here . . . now it’s goin’ home. . . .”
Lovecraft excelled at story concept and description. His principal weaknesses were characterization and dialogue.
If you aren’t familiar with the Miskatonic reference, then you clearly aren’t a Lovecraft fan!