the buckwild phantom of the opera sequel from your nightmares
As long-term aficionados of The Phantom of the Opera in its many forms, when we encountered RoseBlood by A.G. Howard, a young adult novel clearly inspired by Gaston Leroux’s novel (see the cover above), we needed to experience this story for ourselves. To quote Dhar Mann, what happens next will shock you.
We will give a summary of RoseBlood first, before expounding upon its many qualities.
Rune Germain, a Texan teenage girl with a peculiar aptitude for opera, is invited to a prestigious French conservatory called RoseBlood. She hopes to learn how to control her gift but is haunted by tragedies from her past…and a mysterious boy wearing a mask.
You may be thinking that this sounds like a bog-standard retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. You would be incorrect. This way madness lies.
Full text here.
(content warnings: racism including discussion of the g-slur, ableism, pretty much every -ism there is, and discussion of CSA and stillbirth)