Not content with turning Wonderland on its head, AG Howard has turn her pen (or laptop, whatever) to the dark, mysterious world of ‘Phantom of the Opera’.
In ‘Roseblood’, Rune has a mystery affliction that’s linked to her musical ability so her mother sends her to an arts conservatory in the hopes that it will help. There she meets the enigmatic Thorn and her affliction seems to be cured, until Thorn is faced with an impossible choice that will change everything for them.
We basically just want a retelling of every one of our favourite classic worlds from AG Howard, but we guess we’ll settle for these 7.
‘The Haunting of Hill House’ by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson is the master of small-town American horror. There’s no gore, no monsters, no on-page murder or mutilation, but holy crap, you’ll sleep with the lights on after reading. We reckon AG Howard could give Jackson’s novels the BEST wacky spin and really up the ante.
Seriously, can this happen please?
‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by Frank L Baum
The world of Oz is already weird, wacky and a little dangerous and there is SO much there to explore. The witches, an alternate-Oz Danielle Paige-style, those Munchkins… We also think there could be something super mysterious and spooky about that Yellow Brick Road too.
This is the perfect place for AG Howard’s skillz.
‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame
With Ratty, Toad and Badger, there’s bound to be chaos, but can you imagine what tricks Toad of Toad Hall could get up to if there was a bit of fantasy in his world? We totally reckon AG Howard could. She’d turn their quiet, easy lives into something else entirely. And we’d really love to see that happen to one of our childhood favourites.
‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by CS Lewis
Snowy Narnia is the perfect setting for mystery and magic. With both enemies and friends, a huge world to explore and some brilliant characters to warp, it’s a surprise that CS Lewis’s classics hasn’t been reworked in some magical way yet. Up for the challenge AG Howard?
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare
Ngl, we’ll literally read any Shakespere re-tellings, but ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is one of our favourites and easily one of the coolest when re-imagined. Fairies, miscommunication, an ass and romance is bound to enchant in any incarnation, especially when you throw in even more wacky magic.
‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte
This Gothic classic is one of the most famous in the English language and Emily Bronte managed to carve herself out a legacy with only one novel – and it’s totally understandable why. Love that’s closer to hate, whipping Yorkshire dales, moody rolling hills and spellbinding writing make Cathy and Heathcliff’s story impossible to resist. Even the idea of AG Howard taking on this one gives us shivers.
‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
This creepy little novella has spawned SO many re-tellings and spin-offs, but we definitely think AG Howard could sprinkle even more gloriously dark magic and fantasy into this Victorian ghost story. I love even thinking about what Jekyll and Hype would look like under AG Howard’s seriously skilled pen.
Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of ‘Roseblood’ and relive ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in a way you’ve NEVER seen it before.
Tell us in the comments below which stories you’d love to see AG Howard to give a makeover.