Monday, October 13, 2014

Cromtober, Part II: "The Music of Erich Zann" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

Greetings, young scholar. I'm glad you found my advert in the newspaper!

Yes, I still have a room to let. It's up the stairs here. In fact, it's are right below the top floor. One Mr. Zann holds the room above you. Have you heard of him? I'm told he's a viol player of some repute.
Looks like a student of metaphysics to us!
In our second Cromtober episode of 2014 we tackle H.P. Lovecraft's The Music of Erich Zann! It was first published in The National Amateur in 1922. If you haven't read this story, we really recommend it. If you don't have a copy of it, read it here for free

Artwork by Andrew Brosnatch used for publication of the story in Weird Tales in 1925
And we had a plethora of spooky 'One Things' as we prep ourselves for Halloween....

Jon: Weird Kentucky (and the larger Weird US series)!

(Note - Check out some of the Kentucky ghosts and monsters we mentioned! The Pope Lick Monster, and Bobby Mackey's Music World.) 
Hail, Goatman!
Josh: The Black Wings of Cthulhu (there's a follow-up, too)!
Luke: The Best Horror of the Year, Volumes Four & Five!

Our Cromrade Whiskey51 shared a link to an audio play version of this story with us. You can find it on! (Thanks for sending us the link!)

Don't forget that you can support The Cromcast by signing up for your free trial of Audible at We recommend trying out one of the The Best Horror of the Year anthologies!

Our episode is freely available on and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. The spooky organ intro comes from (we think) the public domain (via the YouTube at The disconcerting violin interludes are Alexey Voytenko's The Music of Erich Zann, composed for violin in 2009. These were accessed via the Youtube at We hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Questions? Comments? Curses? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)
Leave us a voice mail! (859) 429-CROM! (That's 859-429-2766)
Follow us on Twitter! Or on Facebook!
Subscribe to our feed on FeedBurner! Or, check us out on iTunes! Don't forget Stitcher!


  1. Kept wondering who's face H P Lovecraft's reminded me of, then it hit me - Brian Aldiss'. Sorted. Just thought I'd share that with y'all :)

  2. I really enjoyed the "one thing" discussion. There doesn't seem to be a podcast devoted to weird fiction post the Weird Tales Three, so it's nice to hear Barron's name come up! And I can verify that a Ph.D. in metaphysics is a rough way to go - mine is in mythological studies - pretty close I guess - and boy, is it worth only what I put into it! But that's OK. This show was one of my favorite podcasts ever - very Halloween. Thanks Cromrades.

  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

  4. Forget to comment on "Lovecraftian." I think I'm a generation older than you guys, and when I was growing up, "Lovecraftian" was derogatory - supposedly stilted writing, about weird stuff, and always having someone dying in the middle of writing - "ahghhhh....." It's pretty cool that HPL now is iconic. But I agree that it now means tentacles - maybe the "cuteness" of Cthulhu has overtaken previous detractors, but they seem to be feeling the same about HPL. I always think of "Lovecraftian," I think like you guys said you did, as being an exploration - into the past, or into someone odd that is into the past, and using letters, books, etc. to learn - and to discover that the world works a little different than the protagonist originally assumed - and often dies in the process.