When Re-Animator came out in '85 and my parents rented it for me (I WAS 10!), I was immediately addicted to this Lovecraft guy. We hit used bookstores every couple of weekends during that period of my upbringing. On one of those, I came upon this:
It was recommended by Stephen King, my parents thought. What could possibly go wrong? Also, I learned about the word "baroque", which I think I used to describe dinner for the next two years...
I avoid reading books recommended by Stephen King as they're almost always uniformly terrible. As in so bad, almost all the books I abandoned without finishing were recommended by him - and I finish almost everything except the very worst of the worst.
Maybe I've just been statistically unlucky but I've been burned too many times. Dipped my toe in one more time relatively recently and ... nope ... still terrible. Didn't even come close to finishing that one either.
The books he wrote in the 1970s and 1980s are still among my favourites, though, so it's not like I have a problem with his writing personally. I've just had a really, really bad run with books by other people that he's recommended.