My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Finally read Lovecraft. I've been a fan of SciFi and Horror for a long time and sometimes I like to go back to the roots.
Very wordy, full of adverbs and adjectives that made it feel a little overwhelming. Unintentionally funny at times, very not PC -- not surprising, as it dates back to 1926.
Many of the themes felt very familiar and I guess a lot of modern authors got their inspirations from this story.
According to Wikipedia this was Lovecraft's inspiration:
Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.