Dark Shadows

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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    The Baron

    I wanna see Tintin and the Widows' Hill.

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    Jeff of Earth-J

    I’m not going to go through each of the remaining books chapter by chapter, but I’m trying to make my posts shorter. Last night I happened to read just one chapter.

    CHAPTER TWO: Snow has been falling all morning. Last night, David and Maggie both heard the howl f a wild animal. With Amy on vacation, Elizabeth has given David a month off from his schoolwork, so Maggie is left with little to do. Professor Collins asks Roger to recommend a local girl to hire as an additional assistant and he suggests Maggie. She walks over to the house where the professor is staying for an interview and meets his secretary, Harriet Fennel. Harriet is in her mid-twenties and apparently has a crush on Herb Price (Quentin?).

    The house has been filled with boxes from the professor’s Egyptian excavation, and he needs someone to take notes as he inspects the contents and dictates. He puts Maggie to work immediately and they work all day, until 6:00P. The professor suggests that, due to the long and unusual hours they will be working, Maggie should move into the red brick house for as long as she will be assisting him. She agrees, but is not ready to move in quite yet; she will need to spend the night at Collinwood and will return in the morning with a suitcase.

    It has been snowing all day while she and the professor have been working in the basement, and it is still snowing now. Herb Price offers to walk back with her to Collinwood. The going is pretty tough; they can’t see more than a few feet in front of them, and Maggie in uncertain where, exactly, they are. Suddenly, Price becomes ill and must return to the brick house. Maggie suggests that they both press on to Collinwood since they are likely to be closer to it by this point, but he says he has medicine back at the other place. He runs off into to woods, and shortly thereafter she hears the howling of a wolf.

    She presses on in what she hopes is the right direction, when suddenly a form looms before her. It is Barnabas Collins!

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    Jeff of Earth-J

    CONCLUSION: King Rehotip was a follower of Osiris and decided to fake his own death, then be “brought back to life” through the “power of his god.” His physician concocted a potion to put him into a death-like coma, and an antidote. The usual mummification procedure would be faked, and the antidote was handed over to his brother to revive him in a couple of days. But his brother and the physician were in league against him, and simply entombed him. As an added touch, the brother buried the antidote with him.

    Somehow, Professor Anthony Collins became aware of this and sent all of his assistants to Boston on some pretext, leaving only Maggie Evans to assist him. The mummy comes to life and attacks them both before shambling out into the snowstorm. The professor is convinced the cold will kill the mummy and convinces Maggie not to call the police. Anthony and Barnabas do not get along. Barnabas suspects Herb Price of being Quentin Collins, and of being a werewolf.

    Maggie is attacked by a poisonous insect from inside the sarcophagus being thrown into her bed. When Bessie Miles, the maid, is found killed, evidence points to either a mummy or a vampire or a werewolf. Before long there are two more deaths and again, both times, the evidence could go either way. [SPOILER] It turns out that, although there is actually a mummy, the real culprit is Professor Anthony Collins, and the “bite marks” found on the necks of the victims were from a poisoned scarab ornament.