“He told me it was an old German viol-player, a strange dumb man who signed his name as Erich Zann, and who played evenings in a cheap theatre orchestra; adding that Zann’s desire to play in the night after his return from the theatre was the reason he had chosen this lofty and isolated garret room, whose single gable window was the only point on the street from which one could look over the terminating wall at the declivity and panorama beyond.”
“He now removed his viol from its moth-eaten covering, and taking it, seated himself in the least uncomfortable of the chairs.”
I’m a fan of Lovecraft and others mythos-inspired stories and as a violin maker i always wanted to make things clear about Erich Zahn :D
He was obviously a viola da gamba player and not a violinist as frequently depicted.
The pictures are from the marvelous Infogrames’ game “Shadow of the comet” (1993).
There is a bonus on the CD where you can visit a virtual museum with pieces from the myth.