Year 1980
Studio studio

John Strysik

Robert Rothman

Director John Strysik
Writer John Strysik
Music music

Robert Ruevain

Darryl Warren

Robert Alexander

Length 18 mins

The Music of Erich Zann

‘‘ I often heard sounds which filled me with an idefinable dread--the dread of vaque wonder and brooding mystery. ’’

musiczann2 pictureCapturing to film the mood and the richness in detail of H.P. Lovecraft's work is an incredibly difficult undertaking and hasn't been done effectively to date although there have been quite a few cinematic adaptations of the works of HPL.

In 1980 John Strysik, a Lovecraft fan and filmmaker, received a grant from the Illinois Arts Council and permission from Arkham House (although this was unnecessary since Arkham House technically does not hold the rights to the works of HPL) to adapt the short story The Music of Erich Zann. This short film is the most faithful adaptation of any HPL story that The Lurker has seen.

musiczann picture The story revolves around a student of metaphysics, Charles Dexter Ward (note: in the HPL story the narrator is nameless), who befriends Erich Zann an aging violinist who lives on the floor above him.

Charles is fascinated and then drawn to Zann's sinister yet wonderful music that he hears late at night drifting down from above. He, of course, discovers more then he bargains for when he peers at what beckons beyond the strange curtained window in Zann's room.

The Music of Erich Zann was screened at the 1996 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival.

It is now available on Lurker in the Lobby: The Best of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival Volume I.