I’d like to start this continuation of the Dark Shadows discussion from the old board with a look at some of the new and upcoming Dark Shadows audio stories from Big Finish Productions. There aren’t nearly as many Dark Shadows audio adventures as there are Doctor Who ones, but the Doctor Who series has been around longer. The Dark Shadows audios are a mixed bag. The first release was a full-cast sequel titled “Return to Collinwood”. Later they began to release a series of interconnected sequential stories grouped in short “seasons”. More recently they’ve been going back to the timeline of the original television show and telling interstitial one-shots. As the Dark Shadows series seems to be catching on, Big Finish seems to be ramping up their production schedule. “Curse of the Pharaoh” was released in September, and the next four are set for monthly release beginning in January at a special subscription rate.

CURSE OF THE PHARAOH:

“Curse of the Pharaoh” stars Nancy Barrett (reprising her role as Carolyn Stoddard) and Marie Wallace (perhaps best known as “Eve” on the TV show) in a new role, famed Egyptologist Dr. Gretchen Warwick. The story doesn’t specify, but I assume it takes place shortly after the end of the series original TV series, circa 1970 or so. Both actresses are kind of rusty and sound as old as they are, not as young as they (Caroline, anyway) are supposed to be. Barrett was always a better actress than Wallace, and that remains true. Wallace’s shortcomings are spotlighted in this “dramatic reading” in which she plays other bit parts, most of the male (Bob the bartender at The Blue Whale, Eliot Stokes on the telephone, Carolyn’s father in flashback), which she performs in a gruff kind of storybook voice as if reading aloud to a child. The story itself is a sequel to the unpopular “Leviathan” television storyline. If you’ve never heard a Dark Shadows audio and thinking of trying one out, there are better ones to start with than this.

KEY: OB = Old Board; UR = Un-Reviewed

Return to Collinwood - 169

SEASON ONE:
S1.1 The House of Despair - 1
S1.2 The Book of Temptation - OB
S1.3 The Christmas Presence - OB
S1.4 The Rage Beneath - 7

SEASON TWO: Kingdom of the Dead - 7

DRAMATIC READINGS:

1. Angelique’s Descent-Pt. 1 - OB
2. Angelique’s Descent-Pt. 2 - OB
3. Clothes of Sand - OB
4. The Ghost Walker - OB
5. The Skin Walkers - OB
6. The Path of Fate - OB
7. The Wicked & the Dead - OB
8. Echoes of Insanity - OB
9. Curse of the Pharaoh - 1
10. Final Judgment - 1
11. Blood Dance - 1
12. The Night Whispers - 1
13. London’s Burning - 2
14. The Doll House - 30
15. The Blind Painter - 87
16. The Death Mask - 88
17. The Creeping Fog - 89
18. The Carrion Queen - 89
19. The Poisoned Soul - 96
20. The Lost Girl - 96
21. The Crimson Pearl - 114
22. The Voodoo Amulet - 129
23. The House by the Sea - 170
24. Dress Me in Dark Dreams - 154
25. The Eternal Actress - 162
26. The Fall of House Trask - 163
27. Operation: Victor - 166
28. Speak No Evil - 166
29. The Last Stop - 166
30. Dreaming of the Water - 167
31. The Haunted Refrain - 167
32. A Collinwood Christmas - 167
33. The Phantom Bride - 167
34. Beneath the Veil - 167
35. The Enemy Within - 167
36. The Lucifer Gambit - 167
37. The Flip Side - 167
38. Beyond the Grave - 168
39. Curtain Call - 168
40. The Harvest of Souls - 170
41. The Happier Dead - 168
42. The Carriage Damned - 168
43. The Devil Cat - 168
44. The Darkest Shadow - 173

SEASON THREE: Bloodlust - 170-172, 181

45. Panic - 173
46. The Curse of Shurafa - 173
47. In the Twinkling of an Eye - 173
48. Deliver Us from Evil - 173
49. Tainted Love - 173
50. ...And Red All Over - 175

Echoes of the Past - 176

Blood & Fire - 176

Haunting Memories - 177

Phantom Melodies - 178

Dreams of Long Ago - 178

THE TONY & CASSANDRA MYSTERIES:
The Mystery at Crucifix Heights - 179
The Mystery of La Danse Macabre - 179
The Mystery of Flight 493 - 180
The Mystery of Karmina Sonata - 180

SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT:
Trio - 180
Honeymoon from Hell - 180
Retreat -180
1:53 AM - 180

MAGGIE & QUENTIN - THE LOVERS' REFRAIN:
The Girl Beneath the Water - 180
The Sand That Speaks HIs Name - 180
The Hollow Winds That Beckon
The Paper to the Flame
  

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I'll have to look into that one.
...I recall the Pomegranate edition running the Sundays in tabloid format, with a panel dropped, rather than three-tier/broadsheet format, with no panel droppage. What's the format here?

Three dailies per page and half-page format for the Sundays (similar to an IDW volume).

...Thank you, Jeff. I guess it's two pages of dailies, then a Sunday then? Sundays in b&w?

No, two pages of dailies then a Sunday in color.

Watched Journey to the Center of the Earth  (1959). Can't believe that I never noticed before that the heel in that picture was played by Thayer David.

For our annual Thanksgiving road trip, we listened to Bloodlust, the second time for me, the first for Tracy. Bloodlust is the third full “season” of Dark Shadows on audio (see pages 170-172 of this discussion), designed to be a good jumping on point for new listeners. There’s a lot of antecedent (from previous audios), but new listeners should be able to pick it up easily enough. Each of the first few episodes introduces the residents of the town of Collinsport a few at a time against the ongoing backdrop of a murder mystery. Only David lives at Collinwood as the story opens, but when the story reaches its midway point, Quentin, Barnabas and Carolyn return one at a time.

By next year, we should be able to listen to the next season, Bloodlines, on our annual trip.

MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS: I didn’t even know this existed until I saw it on the shelf at B&N. It’s a 1½ hour documentary about Dan Curtis’ career, plus a ton of extra features I had never seen before. Most interesting was a half hour episode of the live TV show The Web from 1954 titled “The House” by Art Wallace. It is essentially the blackmail plot of Elizabeth Collins-Stoddard by Jason McGuire. In the Dark Shadows bible, the Jason McGuire character is named Walt Cummings, the blackmailer from “The House.”

BLOODLINES: I have the first six episodes of the latest Dark Shadows season, and episodes 7-12 are in the mail. We have already decided to listen to this over our Thanksgiving roadtrip; I haven’t yet decided whether or not to listen to it by myself first.

DARK SHADOWS PAPERBACK LIBRARY: Back in the ‘60s, at the height of Dark Shadows’ popularity, Paperback Library released a series of 32 paperback prose novels by Dan “Marylyn” Ross based on the hit gothic daytime soap opera. Now, Hermes Press will be re-releasing the entire set on a bi-monthly basis in larger-than-original 6” x 8” format *same as the Phantom reprints, if you’ve seen those). I spent months tracking these down years ago. The later ones were particularly hard to find due to smaller print runs. I’ve read the first six or seven of them. The first one is solicited to ship in January 2020, but Hermes Press generally ships six months later than the solicit date.

That does sound interesting. I'll have to track it down.


Jeff of Earth-J said:

MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS: I didn’t even know this existed until I saw it on the shelf at B&N. It’s a 1½ hour documentary about Dan Curtis’ career, plus a ton of extra features I had never seen before. Most interesting was a half hour episode of the live TV show The Web from 1954 titled “The House” by Art Wallace. It is essentially the blackmail plot of Elizabeth Collins-Stoddard by Jason McGuire. In the Dark Shadows bible, the Jason McGuire character is named Walt Cummings, the blackmailer from “The House.”

Ooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks, Jeff!!!

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