I feel that I should clarify a couple of things...
"Shade" was a phenomenal game. I didn't care for the delivery or the end result. That's all. I certainly don't believe I could do better. But I put off playing it for a very long time. I kept reading about how "creepy" it was. It kept coming up in discussions about horror. So I finally played the thing and it just... wasn't what I was expecting. That probably colored my opinion of it. I had high hopes with phrases like "you can't face the night" or the fear of turning off the lamp. But I don't think those expectations were met. I get the point of them. It wasn't that I was expecting more. Just something different.
For the record, after I played through, I looked it up to see if I'd missed anything. I had not read any spoilers, walkthroughs or the like prior.
As for Warbler's Nest, I just couldn't get into it. I couldn't relate. It was a "cute" twist, but again, I expected more. The projected "fear" of entering the house intrigued me. When I got into the house and found out it was just a screaming kid... I have three kids, now almost teenagers. One of them screamed a lot as an infant, one of them yells a lot now. I also have a very diverse religious/spiritual background. So the egg thing already put me on the edge. Once the two came together, I was just done. Admittedly, I did chuck the kid into the river the first time and into the crib the second time. So I did play it through. Again, very well written game, but neither touched that "horror nerve" for me.
Anyway, to my original point, I disagree that Lovecraft was a terrible writer. To his audience, one not saturated by the glories of the silver screen and the immersive interaction of big budget video games, this was as horrifying as it got, I'd expect. The idea that something so grotesque, powerful and indescribably was sleeping at the bottom of the ocean waiting to gobble them up hit home for them. It was the things that Lovecraft alluded to, not necessarily explicitly described, that was the true fear.
What I meant was that I've looked through the things tagged as "horror" on IFDB. I didn't see much that I was impressed with. I didn't search for Lovecraftian horror, though I did see the tag. The things that I did see that caught my eye were slighted for their Lovecraftian bent.
So point being... I didn't find a lot of horror. Or maybe you guys are right in that it doesn't match my idea of horror. Maybe Lovecraftian horror is really my thing. Being a die hard, long time fan of King and Barker, I thought I'd be hesitant to agree. (Regardless of what criticism anyone may have of either, they're both two of the best at what they do.) Maybe it's my thing in IF.
Psychological horror doesn't really do it for me because it's too easily explained. Same with thrillers. Zombies. Virus outbreaks. Et cetera ad nauseum. Maybe I am attracted to "that which cannot be comprehended by the human mind" for that reason. People don't scare me. Strangers breaking into my house don't scare me. Jump scares are for teenagers. Maybe it's pomp or pride or ego or whatever. But if I can put a name, a face or a form to it, I'll take a pass.
Clear as mud?