The Phantom of the Opera
by Gaston Leroux
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap 1911
Number of pages: 376
The Phantom of the Opera is the most famous work of French author Gaston Leroux. Far darker than the stories familiar to audiences of today from the phenomenally successful Broadway musical and the early Lon Chaney, Jr. film, Leroux's Fantom is a genuine murderer, and the story, a true Gothic murder/horror tale. Erik, the Phantom of the Opera, terrorizes the Opera Garnier (or Paris Opera House) by a successful multi-year blackmail plot. When new owners take over the Opera, Erik's reign of terror is abruptly curtailed. With this threat to his formerly comfortable living, and his budding, if bizarre relationship with the lovely soprano Christine Daée, coming to a halt, Erik takes drastic and murderous action. More complex, and far darker than the Broadway musical and film, some have criticized Leroux's novel for its deliberate Nineteenth century pace, and its talkiness. Others have found it fascinating and absorbing reading, with depths not to be found in the later, extraordinarily popular adaptations.
Home page url
Download or read it online for free here:
by Stanley G. Weinbaum - Fantasy Publishing Co.
Patricia is in love with Nicholas Devine. Suddenly, things turn grim -- Nicholas undergoes a mysterious change and becomes cold and calculating. Patricia consults a psychologist Dr. Carl Horker to try and figure out what has happened ...
by Gregory W. Huber
WISHES is a ghost story, but more than that, it is a tale of family relationships and overlapping love interests. It is a tale of unrealized connections, interwoven affiliations, irony, and fate. It is filled with the complexities of everyday life.
by Anne Billson - Smashwords
Susan is about to marry the man she loves, so why is she having such terrible nightmares? What is the secret of the ugly old doll she finds in the basement? And who is the mysterious American girl who turns up on the doorstep of her new London home?
by John Polidori
The charismatic and sophisticated vampire of modern fiction was born in 1819 with the publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori. The story was highly successful and arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century.