Echos (Das Erbe der Maske, #1)


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Echoes – German Translation

Fast 12 Jahre nach den dramatischen Ereignissen im Pariser Opernhaus wird Raoul, Comte de Chagny, immer noch von dem mysteriösen Geist der Oper heimgesucht – der legendären Kreatur, die einst die Mitarbeiter des Opernhauses in seinen Bann zog, Raouls Geliebte entführte und seinen Bruder ermordete. Raoul sieht die Geister der Vergangenheit an jeder Ecke und seltsame, eindringliche Melodien rufen in seinen Träumen nach ihm.

Wahnsinn, Besessenheit und das Vermächtnis der Vergangenheit weben ihr Netz in dieser kurzen, tragischen Geschichte basierend auf der Erzählung vom Phantom der Oper.

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Das Erbe der Maske

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Echoes of a Song – Best #Fantasy 2019

Yay! Echoes of a Song came top in the NN Light Fantasy category for best book reviewed in 2019!

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/post/announcement-2019-n-n-light-book-award-winners

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The other nominations are here 

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Echoes of a Song

A dozen tumultuous years after the dramatic events at the Paris Opera House Raoul, Comte de Chagny is still haunted by the mysterious Opera Ghost – the creature of legend who held staff at the Opera House under his thrall, kidnapped Raoul’s lover and murdered his brother. In Raoul’s troubled imagination the ghosts of the past are everywhere, and strange and powerful music still calls in his dreams.

Madness, obsession and the legacy of the past weave their spell in this short, tragic tale based on the Phantom of the Opera.

Available on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and many other stores on the link below.

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New Release – Tears and Crimson Velvet #Phantom #shortstory #horrorfantasy

Here’s today’s news:) I am delighted to announce the release of my latest short story – Tears and Crimson Velvet – a short story based (loosely) on the characters and events in Phantom of the Opera.

The latest Legacy of the Mask Tale features Madam Giry, a much underrated and misunderstood character.

Giry finds herself embroiled in the tragedy unfolding at the Opera house; mystery and murder stalk the corridors and, it is said, a ghost haunts the place. Giry knows the truth, for she recalls the caged man she met so many years ago. This is her story, their story.

When murder and mystery begin at the Opera House one woman knows who is behind it, and what really lies beneath the mask. Secrets, lies and tragedy sing a powerful song in this ‘might have been’ tale.
A short, tragic tale based on characters from Phantom of the Opera.

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Character Interview 41 – Erik

Tell Us About Yourself
Name (s):  Erik Le Maître
Age:  I am not entirely certain, if you must know.  I believe I must be more than 40 years old.

Please tell us a little about yourself:  I was born in Rouen, France, to a stonecutter who has since died.  I have lived in Persia, Russia, Paris, London, and finally just outside of Aix.  I am a musician, an architect, a magician … and an assassin.

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less:  There is a reason I wear a mask.

Do you have a moral code? If so what is it?  If you harm me or those I love, woe be unto you.

Would you kill for those you love?  I have done so in the past, and would not hesitate to do so again.

Would you die for those you love?  I have not been called upon to do so, but perhaps … for Claire, or for Veronique.

What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?  I would say they are the same.  I seek only to love and be loved … but society has made this a challenge for me.   Human interaction is difficult when one has been shunned.

Do you have any relationships you prize above others? Why?  My wife, Claire, has given me a beautiful daughter, Veronique.  These two are beyond rubies to me.  My daughter delights me daily, and my wife dared to love me when others would not or could not.  Things are not always easy between us, and she is not the happiest of mothers … but we strive together, and that is what matters to me.

Do you like animals? Do you have any pets/animal companions?  I have always liked them.  Claire and I have a cat, Pierre, and we had horses in London and Paris.

Do you have a family? Tell us about them.  My mother abandoned me to the tender mercies of a traveling show.  My father had died by then, and she did not want the burden of an ugly son.

My wife and daughter I have already mentioned.  I met Claire when she was working at the Opera Garnier, and we fell in love.  I am fortunate that she has blessed me with a child.

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? How do you think it influences you?  Being abandoned by your mother, and later being horsewhipped by an angry showman, will have an influence on you for a very long time, I should think.

Tell Us About Your World
Please give us a little information about the world in which you live.  Paris is such a beautiful place.  If you have not been, you really must.  The wide avenues, the beautiful parks and woods.  And then there is my opera house.  Truly, it is the crown jewel of this place.

Does your world have religion or other spiritual beliefs? If so do you follow one of them? Please describe (briefly) how this affects your behaviour.  France is a Catholic country, but I am no longer sure that I believe in God.  I have lived among the Moslems as well, and I do not see that our ideas about God are so very different.

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where?  As I mentioned, I have lived in many places.  One of the places I lived for the longest was Persia, where I was in the employ of the shah and his khanoum.  The people there were, for the most part, very good.  I have one friend from those days, Zareh; he was the shah’s chief of police.  He has also come to France, and has been a great help to Claire and me.

Name a couple of myths and legends particular to your culture/people.  Do you suppose that the story of Saint Denis walking around with his head tucked under his own arm counts?  It is said that this is just what happened after the holy man was executed.

Name three persons of influence/renown within your society and tell why they are influential (Could be someone like Christ/Mandela/Queen Elizabeth or a renowned figure from a non-human/fantasy world.) This is an interesting one to answer.  Perhaps I would start with Gustav Eiffel, although I hate that monstrosity that he has designed.  I predict that one day his tower will be razed by the people of Paris with their bare hands.  Then Charles Garnier, the architect who designed the Opera Garnier.  I am responsible for the design of the basement where I dwell, but Garnier won the right to design the exterior and public spaces.  I must say that he has done an exceptional job of it.  Lastly, I would name Queen Victoria of England.  When we lived there, she and her late husband had done a great deal of admirable work to help the people of London.

Author notes:

Book(s) in which this character appears plus links:

In The Eye of The Beholder

In The Eye of The Storm

Through the Opera Glass

Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes (Omnibus Edition)

Author name:  Sharon E. Cathcart
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Twitter:  @sharoncathcart

Echoes of a Song – New Release – Dark Fantasy/Horror/Phantom

Those of you who know me fairly well will be aware that the love of my life is the Phantom of the Opera. I first saw the stage show in London with the great Michael Crawford when I was 11 and from then I adored it. The original story was written by Gaston Leroux, a French author of mystery, suspense and horror in 1910 (and 1911 for the English translation).

I’m sure many of you know the story – or think you do but I’ll summarise it here:

The Paris Opera House has been ‘haunted’ by the mysterious Opera Ghost, whose antics include fleecing the managers out of a good deal of money, causing mayhem among the young and niave corps de ballet and a number of other rather mischievous and wicked events. Many tales abound of this strange figure but no one has really seen the man he truly is.

Christine Daae – the young and rather innocent daughter of a Swedish musician joins and the Phantom becomes her ‘maestro’, her ‘good genius’. Giving her singing lessons, filling her niave head with tales of angels, and fantasy he weaves a spell for them both that can only end in tragedy. And it does.

Erik, for that’s the name he uses, although we never learn his real name, is disfigured form birth. Leroux’s book describes him as a human skeleton – with pale, yellowish flesh, sunken glowing eyes and just a hole where his nose should be. Hence he wears a mask, hides himself away and is rarely seen by anyone except as the ghost. Erik is a tragic soul – he is a man, with a man’s desires, emotions and needs but because of his appearance cannot find love, or even affection. He claims not even his mother loved him. So when he falls hard for the young singer he tries to win her love with his voice. For he has ‘the voice of an angel.’ To complicate matters Christine is wooed by the young, handsome and equally niave Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny who ends up fighting the phantom for her hand. Someone is going to lose. And I confess I cried the first time I read the book, pretty much every time since then and at every show I saw – considering I worked for a month or more on the National Tour I still blubbed at the end. This story is passionate, tragic, filled with suspense and is, ultimately, a love story – and whether it has a happy ending depends on your point of view.

So what’s my point here? Echoes of a Song is a short tale from Raoul’s point of view set twelve or so years after the events at the opera house. Keep in mind his brother died there, he was imprisoned there, he was forced to try and rescue his fiancee there and almost die and so it’s not somewhere filled with happy memories. Raoul has issues. I guess now we’d call it PTSD or something similar. Anyway he’s not a happy bunny but he’s doing the best he can for his young family, despite what appears to be a curse on his family. In Raoul’s troubled imagination the ghosts of the past are everywhere, and a strange and powerful music still calls in his dreams.

Madness, obsession and the legacy of the past weave their spell in this short, tragic tale based on the Phantom of the Opera.

I haven’t seen a great deal of stories from Raoul’s point of view (I’ve read a few… not that it’s an obsession or anything) and so this is his story.  It’s dark, and leaves much unanswered, but that’s part of the point. Was Erik more than a man? Was Raoul and Christine’s life going to be simple? What aftermath was there?

This is a tale of love, of hatred and mystery – much like the original.

Available on Amazon for just 99c (99p) this a great coffee break read for phantom fans, and those who like old style horror.

Please note the Phantom of the Opera is a public domain work.

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Synopsis

Echoes of a Song – Legacy of the Mask Tales

A dozen tumultuous years after the dramatic events at the Paris Opera House Raoul, Comte de Chagny is still haunted by the mysterious Opera Ghost – the creature of legend who held staff at the Opera House under his thrall, kidnapped Raoul’s lover and murdered his brother. In Raoul’s troubled imagination the ghosts of the past are everywhere, and a strange and powerful music still calls in his dreams.

Madness, obsession and the legacy of the past weave their spell in this short, tragic tale based on the Phantom of the Opera.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1P25XF

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M1P25XF

Review of In The Eye of the Beholder (A Phantom of the Opera Novel) – Sharon E Cathcart

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6591064-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder

Now I have been a fan of The Phantom of the Opera since I was about 11, when Michael Crawford played the title role on a stage in London.  Since then I have seen the stage show more times than I can remember as I stopped counting after about 25.

The novel by Gaston Leroux http://www.amazon.co.uk/Phantom-Opera-ebook/dp/B0084AXZRI is superb, although quite different to the stage show and certainly different to most of the movies, save the recent offering.

I have multiple copies of the novel, have seen every film (some I would NOT recommend) and have my own set of fan fic hiding on my PC.  There are a couple of books centred around the original story (which is part tragedy, part love story, part mystery) as you can image I am quite a fan;)

I was delighted to find this sequel, although I have to say I began reading with some trepidation as often sequels so long after the “event” smack of fan fic, not that this is necessarily bad.  This is an extremely well done follow up set sometime after the events of Phantom, it is both tragic and wonderfully happy.  At one and the same time it is both a simple and complex love story of two damaged souls who find not only love but a new acceptance in a hostile world.

The female main character, Claire is strong, independent and resourceful. Yet she is still a woman in a man’s world of the late 19th Century and the trials she faces and the strength she finds to fight the prejudice is dealt with well

Not so much of Erik’s dark past is made or the Opera house years but as this is set after the event  it is a new chapter. As with the original novel, and Erik himself, there is a good deal more below the surface than first glimpse reveals.

Recommended for fans of the story and fans of Erik.

5 stars:)