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Gaston Leroux (1868-1927) was a French journalist and writer of detective fiction. Born in Paris, Leroux attended school in Normandy before returning to his home city to complete a degree in law. After squandering his inheritance, he began working as a court reporter and theater critic to avoid bankruptcy. As a journalist, Leroux earned a reputation as a leading international correspondent, particularly for his reporting on the 1905 Russian Revolution. In 1907, Leroux switched careers in order to become a professional fiction writer, focusing predominately on novels that could be turned into film scripts. With such novels as The Mystery of the Yellow Room (1908), Leroux established himself as a leading figure in detective fiction, eventually earning himself the title of Chevalier in the Legion of Honor, France's highest award for merit. The Phantom of the Opera (1910), his most famous work, has been adapted countless times for theater, television, and film, most notably by Andrew Lloyd Webber in his 1986 musical of the same name.
Nancy Holder is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of over 80 novels and 200 short stories. She has received 5 Bram Stoker Awards from the horror writers Horror Writers Association, and a Scribe Award from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. She is the former Vice President of the Horror Writers Association and currently serves on the board of trustees. Her Buffy novel, The Angel Chronicles, hit number 2 on the amazon bestseller list. She has written or co-written over 4 dozen Buffy and Angel projects. She divides her time between Washington state and Italy.
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