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Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms Hardcover – October 1, 2004
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Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms is a feat of storytelling showcasing an extremely talented writer undergoing a broad scope of undoubtedly personal experiences.”
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Ms. Charnas is also the winner of a Hugo Award for her "revenge fantasy" werewolf story called "Something Amazon won't let me print, but is mentioned in the review below" which just happens to appear in the Stagestruck Vampires collection.
This book is primarily a collection of dark fantasy, as well as two excellent essays. One, the eponymous "Stagestruck Vampires", is about the travails of bringing her Nebula Award winning novelet "Unicorn Tapestry" to the stage, the other, "They're Right, Art Is Long", deals with the hassles of writing (and getting published) the four book series starting with "Walk To The End Of The World".
As well as the various "monster" stories that Ms. Charnas has written over the years, the book also includes a new story called "Peregrines" a very fun romp that includes a child-shaman and an old, crusty tarot reader in a New York of a few years hence, when Homeland Security, among other things, requires permits for state-to-state travel, just a little throwaway bit, but indicative of the attention to details that are part of Suzy McKee Charnas' charm.
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Written in the first person, it is many years after the incidents at the Paris Opera House had taken place and Christine recounts the true story of what had happened between her and the Phantom.
During Christine's first performance of Faust, she suddenly felt a pair of powerful arms enfold her as she dropped through a trap door into the depths of the Opera House. From there, the Phantom carried her through his labyrinth, across the lake on a small boat, and into the confines of his lair.
While there, he asks her to live with him in the city above as his wife. When she becomes evasive, he not only reveals his terrible deformity but he also confesses all that he has done to bring her to this end (i.e., Buquet's murder, the falling of the chandalier to name a few). He then tells her that her lover, the Vicomte's, life depends upon her answer this night. Thus saying, he opens a curtain to a window which reveals Raoul lashed to a chair in which he was vainly struggling to free himself.
In Ms. Charnas' version, Christine, though very young, is not altogether naïve nor as pliable as the Phantom would have liked. She agrees to his terms, but with one condition.Read more ›