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Phantom Phriday – The Phantom’s Hideout

We’ve all experienced the despair as Phans of not having enough people around us who want to talk all things Phantom 24/7. Nothing is more disheartening than when you make a witty Phantom reference and your “normal” friends look at you blankly. Sometimes we just need to be with some of our own kind – you know, the ones who get our love for The Phantom of the Opera. There’s a special place for Phans like us: THE PHANTOM’S HIDEOUT.

THE PHANTOM’S HIDEOUT is a group on Facebook that welcomes all Phantom Phans. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fan of the 2004 film or a Phan of the original novel or any other adaptation. All adaptations are welcome.

My friend, Lisa Gomez, created the group as a place for Phans to hang out and share pictures, videos, books and other content related to the tale. It’s also a great place to simply start up a random discussion, such as why you think a certain scene went the way it did or why certain characters are the way that they are.

I have learned about so many other adaptations, actors, actresses and much more from this group alone. While I’m not always as active as I’d like to be in it due to time constraints, it’s always a fun place to drop in on when I have a bit of free time and am feeling Phantomy.

Of course, there are plenty of other great groups dedicated to The Phantom of the Opera on Facebook. I just chose to highlight this one today since it’s my personal favorite, and I invite you to join us in our group if you enjoy all things Phantom.  We have such fun there, and I guarantee you will learn something you didn’t know at some point or another while hanging out in there.

What are some of your favorite Phantom Facebook groups?

*Always remember to read the rules and guidelines for participation in a group upon joining. Most groups at least demand that you respect other members’ opinions and not engage in any bullying or hate speech. Violation of a group’s terms can get you placed on probation or thrown out of the group altogether.*

Posted in Phiction Spotlight, The Phantom's Lair

Phiction Spotlight: Redemption of Shadows

After much prompting from fellow Phans, I finally got around to reading Redemption of Shadows. Since I’d heard nothing but good things about this book from fellow Phans, I was quite excited to read it.

Redemption of Shadows: A New Tale of the Phantom of the Opera

As usual, my phriends were right! This book didn’t disappoint. Not only is it beautifully written, but it’s also a refreshing change from much of the typical Phan phiction that we read.

Not Your Typical Phantom Novel

The author, Cathy M. Conway, isn’t an Erik/Christine shipper in this book. Instead, she introduces us to a new character: Caitlin. I absolutely loved Caitlin! Adored her! What can I say without giving away key plot points? I’ll say this:  despite the traumatic experiences Caitlin goes through, she’s still a strong, independent woman capable of deep love.

I also love the way the author portrayed Erik in this novel. He has the perfect balance of that mysterious power that we all find so alluring and the vulnerability that makes him human rather than monster and endears him to us so much.

This continuation of the beloved tale of the Phantom of the Opera is a believable and satisfying one to say the least. I highly encourage any Phan to give it a read. I think you’ll quickly find that it’ll become one of your all-time phavorite Phantom books.

The Author

The author of Redemption of Shadows, Cathy M. Conway, is a delight to chat with. Redemption of Shadows was her debut novel, and she was especially kind to me when I reached out to her after reading her book. (As most of you know, I simply love connecting with the authors of books that I’ve read, especially if the books were really good like this one was.)

If you want to reach out to Cathy yourself or view any of the other works she’s published, you can do so on her Amazon author profile by clicking here: Cathy M. Conway on Amazon.