Erik, the Phantom of the Paris Opera House, is one of the great icons of horror literature. This tormented and disfigured creature has made his home in the labyrinthine cellars of this opulent building where he can indulge in his great passion for music, which is a substitute for the love and emotion denied him because of his ghastly appearance.
Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera
“If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.”