I have seen the musical and the film but, until now, I’ve never read the book until now.
The Horror Writers Association and the publisher Poisoned Pen Press have joined forces to produce a new reprint series of classic Gothic Horror, (Haunted Library of Horror Classics) in the hope of introducing a new audience and reminding old ones why they fell in love with the genre. Each novel begins with an introduction from a noted author or expert with study group questions provided at the back to help further exploration. Nancy Holder, winner of multiple Bram Stoker Awards and New York Times bestseller is this book introductory author which I found added much and set the scene for what I was to read.
While reading the book I discovered a new love for the Phantom that you can’t quite get just by watching the film. Once again ‘the book is better’ rings true. From the Communist Torture Camber to a safety pin the book kept on pulling me in deeper. At the end of the book is some information about the author Gaston Leroux and I loved finding out that Leroux had first-hand experience about the Communist bodies found under the opera and the secret passages as he had reported upon it for his newspaper.
I highly recommend this book and this version of the book. Poor Phantom, by the end after everything I wanted him to get the girl.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Poisoned Pen Press for an electronic advanced reading copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. As always all opinions are my own.
This new edition is out now 7 January 2020 at all major bookselling sites and stores.