The main part of the question explicitly asks "can HPL be considered SciFi?"
The title was edited by Gilles to be ontopic, but it doesn't match ANYTHING in the body of the question
Importantly, it ALSO doesn't match any of the answers provided (every answer that was written was an opinion about genre classification, NOT "influence").
Genre Classification / "Is this SciFi" is considered offtopic for SFF, so this question should be closed.
- Are questions whose answers would determine if a work could be categorized as sci-fi considered on-topic?
- What should be our Off-Topic reasons?
Please note that this Q was previously discussed on Meta, but the discussion amounted to "Keen explained that it should be closed and did so; then Gilles said that he edited it and re-opened unilaterally". This meta question I'm asking pertains to situation AFTER Gilles' edit - I feel that a combination of his edit (title only was fixed) and a mess of genre classification answers do not warrant re-opening.
P.S. IMHO, the question that Gilles wanted to ask, about influences, should be asked as a brand new question so it can be answered instead of languishing in a legacy question with 4 existing non-matching answers.