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Monday, October 15, 2018

Reader's Diary #1932- H.P. Lovecraft: The Music of Erich Zann

As Lovecraft stories go, "The Music of Erich Zann" is pretty tame in terms of terror and weirdness. It also doesn't contain any Cthulhu mythos.

Still, it's a nicely paced, mysterious, atmospheric and creepy piece. The narrator recalls a time when he lived in a boarding house on a street that he can now no longer find on any map. At the time, his upstairs neighbour was often overheard playing a kind of music he'd not heard before and when they finally met, his manner suggested he troubled mentally and perhaps even with just cause due to some unforeseen force. It does have a strange, sci-fi ending but it's also rather ambivalent which may not be to everyone's taste, but I thought it lent to the off-putting vibe.

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