The big problem is that everyone who goes into Lovecraft is usually a retard who fails to account for the other part of the equation when exploring his shit. IE Howard and his other friends.
Lovecraft talks about the insignificance of Man before the vastness of the universe, Howard brings things into better focus by positing that the vastness of the universe is in turn insignificant. Lovecraft tackles how Civilization can fall into barbarity and corruption and from there spawn horrors, Howard points out that Civilization can leave a man weak and unprepared for those horrors, or enable him to begat nightmares of his own via decadence. Lovecraft says that God doesn't care, He doesn't even notice us, and that's terrifying, but pray that He never does for our own sake. Howard agrees that God doesn't care, and say that's admirable, because it makes Him honest, but also says that if God can notice Man, then maybe God isn't so terrifying and unstoppable and unknowable after all.
The two form a powerful dichotomy. They're very much the Batman and Superman of American literature, something that the vast majority of so called "Lovecraft Scholars", usually dumb edgy fanboys who grew into balding 30 somethings with a poor understanding of the works, fail to understand. They have this pop culture perception of Lovecraft as this racist edgy paranoid loner, without understanding that only part of that was true part of the time. The man had friends he spoke with and wrote to frequently, joked readily about the fact that he himself was probably a mutt of some kind, and sat quite literally in what was close to the middle of the "liberal" movement of his time, among his many friends, a vast assortment of homosexuals and ethnic minorities, such as his Jewish Wife he married in a time where that was still considered a bit like marrying a particularly wealthy and well dressed Monkey.And overlooking those friends of his paints a very bleak and incomplete picture of the man.