Zamacona y Nuñez, Panfilo de. In “The Mound,” a member of Coronado’s expedition who leaves the party and goes on to explore the mound region of Oklahoma, hoping to find Xinaián, a legendary underground realm of great wealth. An Indian guide leads him there, but he is soon enslaved by the inhabitants; his later attempt to escape from them is unsuccessful. His narrative of his adventures, discovered by the narrator, constitutes the body of the story.
Zann, Erich. In “The Music of Erich Zann,” the mute, possessed composer and cellist who is the subject of the story. His garret room does not overlook the streets of Paris, but “the blackness of space illimitable,” the apparent inspiration for his weird music.
Zimmer,———. In “The Temple,” a seaman on the German submarine U-29 who apparently commits suicide to escape the horrors he thinks are besetting his vessel.