In this labyrinth, where night is blind...
"Only...only he rose too...and I was made to remember that, though he was not an angel, nor a ghost, nor a genius, he remained the Voice...for he sang. And I listened...and stayed!...That night, we did not exchange another word. He sang me to sleep."
--The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux
Wander where you will in my labyrinth --
into the Third Basement to find some Phantom and Gothic links,
up onto the stage for my personal stories of the Opera Ghost,
or into the lobby to learn more about the opera in general.
For links to just about anything Phantom (including here), your best bet is The Phantom of the Opera Nexus. However, there are a few other places I'd recommend, besides the obvious quasi-official Phantom of the Opera Home Page and the Really Useful Group's Official Phantom Page. (Word is that the RUG's getting someone to create them a decent Phantom home page, instead of their current excuse of one...we can but hope.)
[More links will come in time. Be patient.]
- The Phantom Appreciation Society
Don't be fooled by its commonplace name. The Society is a fan club for Phantom, run by Christine Daae (a woman dedicated/obsessed enough to legally change her name). Pictures, interviews, reviews of casts and recordings, and home of the Anti-Film FAQ, which explains why many of us don't want a film made of the musical.
Follow the Phantom link, and you'll find the home of the list-owner of the Phantom mailing list, which takes up far too much of my mailbox, and also such delights as a chat room, some special features, and phanfic, including 'Shadows in the Spotlight', her Phantom-inspired work-in-progress.
- Kacia's Phantom Shrine
Another phan site, with pictures, sound clips, information on the Kopit/Yeston Phantom and the animated movie among other goodies. Best with Netscape 3.0, but lovely nonetheless.
- The End of Innocence
John traces, with pictures and lyrics, Christine's descent into darkness.
- Charming -- a poem I wrote a year or so ago, from Christine's point of view. It's borderline fan-fic, since it gives the Phantom story what I would call a happy ending...[copyright 1994 C.E. Odiorne, all rights reserved.]
- Afterthoughts -- Like many Phantom fans, I've listened to the original cast recording of PHANTOM...a large number of times. The opening scene of the auction always seemed to raise more questions than it needed to: how had Raoul become so old? Where was Christine, anyway? Here is some of what I think Raoul might have been thinking...and answers to some of those nagging questions with which Stilgoe and Hart left us. [Copyright 1997 C.E. Odiorne, all rights reserved.]
- Afterthoughts: Dreaming of You -- As written in the ALW musical, Christine doesn't come off at her best. Some of the more energetic of those who love Erik actively hate Christine for what she did to him. But it's possible she had more to her than it seems... [Copyright C.E. Odiorne 1997, all rights reserved]
- Afterthoughts: Angel in Hell -- What happens after the curtain falls on the musical? Many Phantom fans have had a go at changing the ending. Here, in counterpart to the first two 'Afterthoughts', is an answer attempting to find a middle ground... [Copyright C.E. Odiorne 1997, all rights reserved.]
- And My Thoughts Go In Circles -- Sometimes, certain songs speak to you. There's no reason to assume that this fact wouldn't hold true for Christine, as well, if she were alive today... [copyright 1997 C.E. Odiorne, all rights reserved. Song 'Possession' copyright Sarah Mclachlan 1993.]
- Ice -- Most phans don't like to think about the darker side to the Phantom story...in most phanfic that I've read, Christine declares her returned love for Erik and all is well. But...what if it wasn't? Rated R for adult issues. [copyright 1997 C.E. Odiorne, all rights reserved.]
- What if Christine was more than an empty-headed chorus girl? What if she realized, as thousands of Phantom fans have, that Erik was a much better offer than Raoul? Here's my answer -- or the first chapters of it, anyway. [copyright 1996 C.E. Odiorne, all rights reserved.]
Chapter Three Rated PG-13/R.
NEW! Chapter Eight
- Paris Opera Ballet -- How Christine made her living. (No, not writing web pages about opera...)
- Theatre, Opera, Musicals -- I suppose you're right...it's not just the mask. The theatre has its own lure. So does music. I'd better stop here before I start waxing philosophical about the theatre being a mask.
Return to Sunlight and Shadow.
Emerge from the darkness into the glare of your computer.
Ask FX to cue the sparkly effects and transport you out of this darkness, to the darkness of space.
Relax in the combination of sunlight and shadows that make up my reality.
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