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Pulp Crazy – The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

 

http:///pulpcrazy.com/podcast/115.mp3

In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing a French Gothic novel that has had considerable influence on the American Pulps and popular fiction in general. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. The story was first serialized in the French newspaper, Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909 – January 8, 1910. It was collected and published in a single volume by Pierre Lafitte in 1910.

I’ve always been casually aware of The Phantom of the Opera. Growing up, there seemed to be a commercial for the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical in steady rotation. Not only that, but the book was parodied a good bit in popular culture, including children’s television shows, which is probably where I first encountered the concept.

It didn’t consider reading this book until I listened to Rick Lai discuss it on The Book Cave and on The French Connection Pulp Fest Panel in 2012. It was obvious that the original novel was different from the musical and other adaptations. I always got the impression that The Phantom of the Opera or Erik as he’s known, was a normal guy that was scarred by acid and wore a mask to cover his face. That’s defiantly not the case in the original novel. In the novel he’s born disfigured, with a face resembling a skull covered with dried up yellow flesh, with burning yellow eyes. In the novel he’s also a former assassin and a master of stealth.

 

Links:

 

Purchase The Blackcoat Press Edition of The Phantom of the Opera: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/phantom.htm or http://www.amazon.com/Phantom-Opera-unabridged-French-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00ENHZANI/

 

Carrie Hernandez’s review of the Black Coat Press Edition: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/phantomreview.htm

 

Shadows of the Opera: Volume 1 – The Mark of the Revenant by Rick Lai (paperback only): http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Opera-Rick-Lai/dp/0984476598/

 

Shadows of the Opera Volume 2 – Retribution in Blood by Rick Lai (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Opera-Rick-Lai/dp/B00U9I6YX0/

 

Sisters of the Shadow by Rick Lai (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/Sisters-Shadows-Cagliostro-Curse-Opera-ebook/dp/B00U9KLY4C/

Black Coat Press: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/

 

The French Wold Newton Universe: http://www.coolfrenchcomics.com/wnu1.htm

The Phantom of the Opera at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_of_the_Opera

Pulp Crazy – The Way They Were by Jeff Deischer

 

This weeks episode is a first for Pulp Crazy, as I’m reviewing a work of non-fiction. The title of the book is The Way They Were: The Histories of Some of Adventure Fiction’s Most Famous Heroes and Villains. It is written by researcher and fiction writer Jeff Deischer and published by Westerntainment Books. It is available to purchase on Amazon in paperback and eBook format.

The Way They Were covers a broad range of topics that will be of interest to pulp fans. Among this collection of essays are chronologies and deductions pertaining to Classic Literature and Pulp Magazine characters including: Doc Savage, the Avenger, Tarzan, Captain Nemo, Robur the Conqueror, James Bond, Count Dracula, Frankenstein and more.

 

Purchase the Kindle eBook: http://tinyurl.com/pzl5ekb

Purchase the Paperback Edition: http://tinyurl.com/mdkhfsv

Jeff’s Amazon Page: http://tinyurl.com/mtuzd5t

Westerntainment Website: http://westerntainment.blogspot.com/