The Phantom of the Opera
Author of "The Mystery of the Yellow Room" and
"The Perfume of the Lady in Black"
First published in French as a serial in 1909, The Phantom of the Opera is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually teaches her how to sing beautifully. All goes well until Christine's childhood friend Raoul comes to visit his parents, who are patrons of the opera, and he sees Christine when she begins successfully singing on the stage. The voice, who is the deformed, murderous 'ghost' of the opera house named Erik, however, grows violent in his terrible jealousy, until Christine suddenly disappears. The phantom is in love, but it can only spell disaster.
Leroux's work, with characters ranging from the spoiled prima donna Carlotta to the mysterious Persian from Erik's past, has been immortalized by memorable adaptations. Despite this, it remains a remarkable piece of Gothic horror literature in and of itself, deeper and darker than any version that follows.
IS IT A GHOST?
THE NEW MARGARITA
THE MYSTERIOUS REASON
THE ENCHANTED VIOLIN
A VISIT TO BOX FIVE
FAUST AND WHAT FOLLOWED
THE MYSTERIOUS BROUGHAM
AT THE MASKED BALL
FORGET THE NAME OF THE MAN'S VOICE
ABOVE THE TRAP-DOORS
A MASTER-STROKE OF THE TRAP-DOOR LOVER
THE SINGULAR ATTITUDE OF A SAFETY-PIN
MME. GIRY'S REVELATIONS
THE SAFETY-PIN AGAIN
THE COMMISSARY, THE VISCOUNT AND THE PERSIAN
THE VISCOUNT AND THE PERSIAN
IN THE CELLARS OF THE OPERA
IN THE TORTURE CHAMBER
THE TORTURES BEGIN
THE SCORPION OR THE GRASSHOPPER: WHICH
THE END OF THE GHOST'S LOVE STORY
(plus a "bonus chapter" called "THE PARIS OPERA HOUSE")