When I first saw Taniec Wampirów (original title Tanz der Vampire, English title Dance of the Vampires, but please, the Broadway version never happened), I wrote in my blog that I finally found a musical to be crazy about. Since then I managed to see it 12 more times, attend several promotional events and get bitten by the chief vampire. And between myself and Fyrie, it sparked off a creative journey unlike any other. Apart from the Warsaw production, I've managed to watch a video of the original Vienna run with Steve Barton and listen to a recording of the Stuttgart show, not to mention assemble a large collection of photos from various productions. As a result, I have several von Krolocks (particular versions usually noted in each story) and while my Herbert has the mannerisms of the first Warsaw Herbert, his looks are a blend of that one and the Stuttgart Herbert. I believe I also came up with the first name Johannes for the Graf von Krolock, which has been since borrowed by several people :)
This page also hosts my Phantom of the Opera stories as well as Elisabeth. Over the past year, I've developed a surprising love for showtunes O.o
All these stories are dedicated to Fyrie, my partner in both madness and crime.
Roses for Lucifer
Roses are prequels and, eventually, sequels to the show, chronicling the journey of the Graf Johannes von Krolock and his son Herbert as they turn the curse of vampirism to their own advantage. No knowledge of the actual musical is necessary, and indeed this work is mostly original, only borrowing inspirations from the musical. I intend to turn this series into an original work someday, so at some point it may disappear from the net. For the time being, it's available at my Livejournal, with the earliest stories at the bottom:
In Alfred's nightmare, Herbert has the role of the Master of Ceremonies. But as Alfred slumbered, what happened in the castle's halls?
In 1813, a lost soldier from Napoleon's ranks finds his way to the castle's gates. Featuring Warsaw!von Krolock.
The Graf von Krolock has a guest who is changed beyond belief. Crossover with Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, in particular The Vampire Lestat. Featuring Vienna!von Krolock.
Viktor, the head Elder of the Great Coven, investigates the rumour of a strange vampire in Wallachia. But the ruins of Poenari hold something that may prove too much even for him. Underworld meets a historical character.
Phantom of the Opera
Singing Songs In My Head
Environment: Phantom of the Opera - musical, orignal London and Warsaw small-stage version
When it's over, Erik finds a place to think, but he's not expecting visitors. I have a strange combination of Phantom characters in my head at the moment - Erik from the Polish small-stage production and the original London Raoul. Erik in particular is a strange bird, mostly because the actor doesn't think twice about singing Raoul songs - or hell, Christine ones - during his recitals, while in the mask. A Phantom singing Twisted Every Way made an indelible impression on me.
Environment: Phantom of the Opera - musical/movie version
Five ways in which the Phantom of the Opera could have gone differently.
Environment: Phantom of the Opera - musical/movie version; Van Helsing
Christine gets lost. Dracula is out hunting.
Closer to the Veil
Environment: Elisabeth - Vienna musical
Whenever Rudolf or Elisabeth come near Death, he plays his dark games with them. Written for Yuletide: New Year Requests 2006 for Caithion, for a prompt that read: "Something romantic or dark and twisted or anything, really. Slash or het or incest or anything." This story contains all of these elements - you have been warned.