I decided I should read it, and found it surprisingly easy in spite of occasional bursts of Scots speech.
It contains comedy alongside horror. There are echoes of the conflict between episcopalians and presbyterians. There's plenty of criticism of the Calvinist doctrine of predestination - giving the chosen ones a free pass to heaven. There's a shape-shifting demon, and undertones of Faust.
His examination of fanaticism, and the way it leads people to believe they are justified in killing those who disagree with them resonates strongly today.