In this fandom of ours I am increasingly starting to feel like an elder. I’m 99% certain that I am older than the average phan by quite a bit. Let me put it this way: when the surprise I have for you was available, I was 16. I became a phan in 1995 and devoured anything Phantom related things I could find. When the internet really became a more standard household appliance, I spent hours online drowning myself in Phantom performers I had never heard of. On the dawn of a new Millennium a group of super fans got together to put out the last issue of a phan magazine in a full out ENORMOUS volume of a magazine and we were thus graced with a 300 page book. There are interviews with Phantoms - some well known and some more obscure -, a filmography, discography, and literary listing with reviews, a tons more including my favorite part: a visit to a Phantom restaurant in Canada that was nothing but Phantom complete with a themed menu that sounds pretty damn legit.
It sold for a summer and then they shut down. Since then they pop up on eBay every once in a while and always go for a pretty penny. I once saw one go for over $300! That’s more than $1 a page!
No more, I say! In the following post you will find a link to the scanned pages from my own copy, along with the Addendum included. It’s really fun to read about the film’s production in 1999 when everyone feared the dreaded Antonio Banderas and the Michael Crawford Film Campaign. If I knew then what I do now…
I hope you all enjoy this little peek back into a relatively obscure time in Phantom history!
Once Upon A Time…
There was an amazing fan fiction listed as ‘Private Ice Presents Phantoms A Figure Skating Phantom of the Opera, Serial Novel’ that was, as you would expect, a modern day Phantom set in the world of figure skating. To be honest, it was more like House…
Thank you so much, RJDaae! Once again you rocks my socks! :) You’re just too awesome!
Once Upon A Time…
There was an amazing fan fiction listed as ‘Private Ice Presents Phantoms A Figure Skating Phantom of the Opera, Serial Novel’ that was, as you would expect, a modern day Phantom set in the world of figure skating. To be honest, it was more like House M.D. before it was ever filmed. The deformation comes from a drunk driving accident to the Erik-like character and left him scarred and handicapped. The main characters names were Jonathan and Gina. I loved the Hell out of that story.
It had it’s own website (http://www.skatefic.com/classic/phantoms/) and, in all fairness, hadn’t been updated since 2000 or 2001. I lost my pdf of it a few years back when my PC crashed and took for granted that the website would always be there.
If anyone one knows where I could find it, I’d be eternally grateful.
I am completely obsessed with the fabric of her masquerade jacket.
Know that I am built up of death from head to foot, and that it is a corpse that loves you and adores you, and will never, never leave you!
Why did you want to see me? Oh, mad Melanie, who wanted to see me!
Phantom unmasking, Phantom Manor style. Top one’s how I’ve wanted to draw the original scene from the book for a really long time.
And actually, I realized earlier that corpse Phantom kind of fits the description of Erik in the book.
"Do you think there’ll be korrigans tonight?"
'Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera’, 4/?