Profound thanks are due to Vicki Hopkins for The Phantom of Valletta . This beautiful story begins where Gaston Leroux's tale ends. Eric, the Phantom of both stories, finds new purpose in buying and restoring the burnt-out opera house in Valletta, Malta. Along the way he encounters a young woman with her own dark secret from Eric's days as the Opera Ghost in Paris, France.
Eric's desire to be loved for himself comes to pass, despite the murderous intentions of a fortune-teller. And the fact that he even gains rapproachment with the heroine of Leroux's tale forms the perfect denoument to Ms Hopkins' story.
I wish to thank Ms Hopkins for her wonderful tale which enhances and rounds out this wonderful creation. Thanks as well go to the late Lon Chaney, Sr., for first bringing Leroux's character to cinematic life. Then thanks to all the actors who have brought Eric to theatrical life in Andrew LLoyd Weber's musical retelling of this story. And finally, to the cast of the movie-version of the musical for adding their own contributions to this tale; especially Gerard Butler for his memerizing performance in the movie.
If you think that I like all retellings of the story, you'd be correct. But Ms Hopkins has taken this lonely, misunderstood and, ultimately, tragic figure and given him the redemption he so richly deserves. Brava, bravissima.