He's actually correct. Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan and Robert Chamber's The King in Yellow had shades of cosmic horror and entities unfathomable to the human consciousness decades before Lovecraft. One could make an argument for Algernon Blackwood's work as well.That’s incorrect, but I guess this isn’t the place to have that debate. Anyway, I think you’re taking the joke a bit too literally.
Horror literature autism aside, I wonder if Sockness will end up being some new idea guy and inserting his occult bullshit into Chris's beliefs, making him his acolyte.