What, no appreciation for Azathoth? Cthulhu? Nyarlathotep?
the lovecraft stories i've read give more info on the cults than the gods, any suggestions?

Yeah, he's great and one of my favorites amongst the many gods and ascendants in the Malazan world, Erikson's very good with how he handles all the mythology of his universe.
tehol is one of my favourite characters and bugg does tend to get coloured by association; but my top pick would probably be hood.