I've been a fan of Lovecraft's work since I read "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" as a teen. The weird works of him and R.E. Howard have always fascinated me, and my extensive book collection has not only Lovecraft collections but also so many newer anthologies, especially anything even remotely having to do with Cthulhu mythos.
I am also an author and I remember when these issues were first released and how excited I was to submit to them. I believe I sent out two stories, thinking they were Lovecraftian enough and would easily be published. They were both rejected. At the time I had no idea why and thought the publishers insane.
After reading the four issues included in this collection, I see I was the insane one. Story after story was amazing, and I couldn't wait to get to the next. I read this over the course of 24 hours and want more.
Obviously, the stories with direct plotlines to Lovecraft and Cthulhu and the like were my favorites, but there are so many other stories in these issues that have a slight connection but tie in so well with the others before and after.
Highly recommended, not only if you're a huge Lovecraft fan, but if you like weird horror in general. Will be getting my hands on the second collection!