10th grade is as precise as I can nail down my intro to Lovecraft. One my friends in school had recently discovered Lovecraft and overnight was a prophet of Cthulhu. Few days later I had some Lovecraft collection, no memories of which one, and the old paperback Necronomicon. While working at Eide’s (Pittsburgh comic, record, book store) I put together a pretty nice collection of hardback Lovecraft books, but I’ve since sold most of my book collection off.
Another angle is the players being victims (or monsters at the end) doesn't add to the rpg continuance of the Chaosium view of investigators picking up (or rather putting down "the needle".) ala Sherlock Holmes.
Transition to another character where the aware character "wins" and hands off to their next character?
That's right, there should occasionally be a "Congratulations, you've made it to Y’ha-nthlei! You win the CALL OF CTHULHU game!" moment.
It is only in recent years that I've been able to put together a nice hardback collection. My family wasn't poor when I was a kid but simply old school/middle class in the sense I was very limited what I could buy prior to getting a job. I probably bought my first Lovecraft book with money I got for my birthday or from mowing lawns the previous summer. I was happy to get paperbacks and trade paperbacks, and to this day nearly all of my books dating back to the early 80's are still in excellent condition. Although I read some of his stories in the 80's I don't think my true 'Lovecraft obsession' began until the 90's at the public library reading Arkham house editions. My second oldest Lovecraft book in my personal library is THE DREAM CYCLE OF H. P. LOVECRAFT: DREAMS OF TERROR AND DEATH (1995) with introduction by Neil Gaiman published by Del Rey. From then on it has been steady, unending purchasing of Lovecraft books, including the others Del Rey published and the annotated ones by S. T. Joshi and Peter Cannon that came out in the late 90's. They still have the Borders bookstore stickers on them. THE NEW ANNOTATED LOVECRAFT volumes 1 (2014) and 2 (2019) edited by Leslie Klinger are my most recent additions, and very nice!
I hate when books that I was going to throw away, but were taken, trickle back with people's house clearing years later. "I left some books with Dorothy for you." etc.
About 15 years ago, I put a default books embargo for the whole house but then my wife's beloved uncle's house was sold and he had ten tons of manly type literature that I have to keep because he would have wanted me to have it. Let's just say its too bad I'm not running a BOOT HILL campaign. We are starting to look upstate and I want to have a modular work space with a hidden library.