She ran an international Phantom of the Opera fan club and published a Phantom fanzine, and put up the second ever Phantom of the Opera site on the web. She saw the show 83 times with 18 different Phantoms, in 4 countries.
The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux. 1910
The book that started it all, a Phantom fan must-read. Find out Erik's original background and deepen your understanding of the story. Gaston Leroux's novel was originally published in France in 1910, and the narrative takes a semi-journalistic form, claiming that the events it describes really happened (and evidence has been found which points towards some real people with similar stories, and real families). Some might find the book melodramatic, but it is also profoundly touching in parts.
The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux. Edited by Leonard Wolf.
Another edition of Gaston Leroux's original novel, with a different translation and extensive notes by Leonard Wolf. Wolf's commentary is variable, in places fascinating, in others frustrating by not addressing points we'd like to see examined, and occassionally ill-informed (to the fanatical fan, anyway). The translation includes paragraphs inexplicably cut out of most editions of the book, so I recommend picking this one up.
Phantom, by Susan Kay.
It would be heretical to say that Susan Kay's magnificent Phantom is an even more essential read than Gaston Leroux's, but many fans list it as their favorite version of the story. It deals with the story from multiple viewpoints, from before Erik's birth to after his death. It is, quite simply, everything any Phantom fan could hope it could be. It is rich, beautifully written, true to Leroux's characters whilst adding far more layers of depth, and heart-breaking. You will need a box of tissues when you read this book.
The Complete Phantom of the Opera, by George Perry
Written to go with the London show, this is a look into the background of the story, the author, the Paris Opera House, and of course Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical. There's the libretto of the original cast recording, loads of photographs, and it should be part of every fan's collection.
The Phantom Of The Opera: Film Companion
This is basically sections of the George Perry book, together with a section on the new movie and its screenplay. It also includes many photos from the film, as well as a couple of pictures from other productions around the world.