Sunday, October 7, 2012

Halloween IAP: The Music of Erich Zann

Welcome to today's Halloween Indie Author Promotion! 

HP Lovecraft -- The Music of Erich Zann

There is no cover for this short story by HP Lovecraft. It's a masterpiece in early 20th Century horror, and in fact, was the basis for my story, The Music of Anna Morse. Many of Lovecraft's works are in the public domain now, including this one.

Lovecraft is a master of suspense and intrigue. This was the very first story of his I read, and when I brainstormed my ideas for my Katon University Series, I knew I wanted the first novella to be a re-write of The Music of Erich Zann. Most of the novellas are rewrites (with a ton of additional material) of early horror authors, including Lovecraft and MR James.

Beta readers have told me that my version has a creepier/more satisfying ending than Lovecraft's. The Music of Anna Morse wasn't written in a literary style, but is a commercialized version. Lovecraft's story is literary fiction--heavy on back story, but shining in description. The words Lovecraft uses pull readers into the story and give excellent visuals.

Where to find it: Project Gutenberg (to read online--it's pretty short).

I hope you enjoy The Music of Erich Zann by HP Lovecraft!

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