Beneath the Mask
|Title:||Beneath the Mask|
|Publisher:||Phantom Appreciation Society|
|Fandom:||Phantom of the Opera|
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12 issues were published between 1993 and 1996 (the first two issues were called Masquerade, but the name was changed due to the prior existence of a musical theater zine of the same title).
Beneath the Mask published interviews with Phantom cast members, news and reviews, in depth articles on topics relating to the Phantom of the Opera, and letters from fans in which every aspect of the story were discussed and debated. It was sold by subscription to the Phantom Appreciation Society, in Dress Circle in London, and by the Avon Boutique in Canada.
Beneath the Mask 11 was published in Winter 1995/1996.
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Beneath the Mask was limited by geography in its coverage of the Phantom world, for its main writers and publication base were both British. Despite that, BTM managed to cover a globe's worth of Phantom-mania to an extent you won't find in other Phantom publications. All aspects of fandom come under to scrutiny here: ice shows, books, scene analysis, Phantom movies, various cast recordings, and exclusive interviews with cast members from all productions. Where other fan presses have spilt ink on Phantom cartoons and short stories, BTM's main thrust is analysis and hard information reporting.