Hot Book of the Week – The Phantom of the Opera

Does it surprise you that The Phantom of the Opera is the Hot Book of the Week at The Poisoned Pen? If you’re in the Phoenix area, and catch this piece early enough, you’ll still be able to attend the book discussion. Patrick Millikin will lead the discussion on Wednesday, January 29 from 2-3 PM. Even if you can’t attend, you can order a copy of the book through the Web Store.

Why The Phantom of the Opera? It’s the first in the new Haunted Library Horror Classics presented by the Horror Writers Association, published by Sourcebooks/Poisoned Pen Press. The information is below.

The first in the Haunted Library Horror Classics series presented by the Horror Writers Association. An unabridged edition of the novel that inspired the famous Andrew Lloyd Weber musical.

Deep beneath the Paris Opera House, a masked man lives in silence…

Every night at the Palais Garnier, hundreds of guests sit on the edge of velvet-covered seats, waiting for prima donna La Carlotta to take the stage. But when her voice fails her, La Carlotta is replaced with unknown understudy Christine Daaé, a young soprano whose vibrant singing fills every corner of the house and wins her a slew of admirers, including an old childhood friend who soon professes his love for her. But unknown to Christine is another man, who lurks out of sight behind the heavy curtains of the opera, who can move about the building undetected, who will do anything to make sure Christine will keep singing just for him…

This curated edition of The Phantom of the Opera, based on the original 1911 English translation by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos, brings an iconic story of love and obsession to today’s readers and illuminates the timeless appeal of Leroux’s masterpiece.