Hey guys! I'm writing a story about an English doctor in the 1560s who comes into contact with a horrific eldritch entity. He is haunted by nightmares and terrifying visions and slowly begins a decent into insanity. As his sanity wanes, he begins to gain strange abilities that allow for momentary control of others and warping of reality at the expense of speeding up his rapidly declining mental state. He plans to use these new powers to attempt to defeat the otherworldly entity before he has become nothing but a mad shell of the man he once was. Obviously, the story reeks of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos. That is largely where the inspiration for the piece came from, after all, and it's because I love it that I want to center my work around similar themes and creatures. But if I plan on publishing this work (which I currently do), can I really use such blatant imagery without being seen as a hack or a thief? I should also mention that the story itself is not structured in the way that a Lovecraft tale would be. Though steeped in chilling vibes and mystery, I plan on taking it in a more straightforward action oriented direction after the initial suspenseful beginning, with my main character eventually putting together of a group of adventurers determined to defeat the Cthulhu-esque being. It's mostly the thematic elements of the story that I'm worried about borrowing too much on. Thanks in advance! I'll also happily accept any advice you have on my plot so far if you guys have any good ideas about where I should take the story!