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 - 264
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, 264
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, 269

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


GOTHIC PAPERBACK LIBRARY

1. Dark Shadows - p183
2. Victoria Winters - p183
3. Strangers at Collins House - p183
4. The Mystery of Collinwood - p184
5. The Curse of Collinwood - p184
6. Barnabas Collins - p185
7. The Secret of BC - p185
8. The Demon of BC - p185
9. The Foe of BC - p185
10. The Phantom of BC - p185
11. BC vs. the Warlock - p186
12. The Peril of BC - p186
13. BC and the Mysterious Ghost - p187
14. BC and Quentin's Demon - p188
15. BC and the Gypsy Witch - p188
16. B, Q and the Mummy's Curse - p188
17. B, Q and the Avenging Ghost - p242
18. B, Q and the Nightmare Assassin - p244
19. B, Q and the Crystal Coffin
20. B, Q and the Witch's Curse
21. B, Q and the Haunted Cave
22. B, Q and the Frightened Bride
23. B, Q and the Scorpio Curse
24. B, Q and the Serpent
25. B, Q and the Magic Potion
26. B, Q and the Body Snatchers
27. B, Q and Dr. Jekyll's Son
28. B, Q and the Grave Robbers
29. B, Q and the Sea Ghost
30. B, Q and the Mad Magician
31. B, Q and the Hidden Tomb
32. B, Q and the Vampire Beauty
33. House of Dark Shadows - p241

ROB STAEGER: p189

NEWSPAPER STRIPS: p241

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Ah, I get it now!
As for an "Earth-44" version of Lost, this is what I wrote back when I'd first heard of the show, but only knew a little about it:

"A plane crashes on a remote South Pacific island. 48 people survive, including Kate Ryan, Jack Shepard, Charlie Pace, Sayid Jarrah and John Locke. Unfortunately, Godzilla III, who is resting on the island after his battle with Kaiser Ghidorah, is awakened by the crash. When he comes to investigate, he accidentally steps on them, killing them all."

In the unlikely event that I ever do watch Lost, I may go back and change this.
Wow, Mrs. Johnson has got a formidable nose!

This isn’t really important, but FYI, Mrs. Johnson was originally maneuvered into the Collins’ employ by Burke Devlin to act as his spy. Little by little (especially now that the vendetta sub-plot has come to an end), she became a loyal and trusted servant of the Collins family.


Also not really important, but Clarice Blackburn went on to a long and successful career as a writer of soaps.
Oh, and Charles in Charge was an 80's sitcom that featured Scott "Chachi" Baio as a guy named Charles who more or less insinuated himself into a household and got up to various allegedly humorous exploits. Future Bibleman portrayer Willie Aames played his friend and occasional co-conspirator Buddy Lembeck.
Dark Shadows, aired 4/6/67
1)Carolyn's starting to figure it out.

2)"I may not have the opportunity to make that monumental discovery."

3)Bummer, I thought Burke was going to beat the lving crap out of him.

4)Tell me something really bad happens to this little freak, eventually.

5)Aw, she should of blown his head off - it's not as though she'd be the first member of her family to waste somebody.

Wow, I'm starting to really dislike this Willie Loomis character, to the point where I'm finding it unpleasant to watch the episodes with him in them. Hopefully, we'll start getting a few episodes that don't focus on him.
"I may not have the opportunity to make that monumental discovery."

Yeah, Roger has a sarcastic streak in him.

Bummer, I thought Burke was going to beat the living crap out of him.

Keep watching.

Tell me something really bad happens to this little freak, eventually.

Keep watching.

Wow, I'm starting to really dislike this Willie Loomis character

As I said before, you can't have Barnabas without Willie. In the next episode, you'll begin to see why.
Interesting.
Dark Shadows, aired 4/7/67
1)"I almost killed a man." Too bad you didn't - your Uncle Roger could've given you tips on how to get it pinned on someone else.

2)"Trust me again." You idiot.

3)I like the dramatic music stings.

4)And that's Barnabas Collins!" Barnabas looks dyspeptic.

5)The portrait's alive!
Dark Shadows, aired 4/10/67
1)"I don't actually care about David, Vicki."

2)Hey, Willie regenerated! Quick, get him some fish custard!

3)"Judge not, lest ye be judged." Oh, you're no help at all.

4)"If anyone does her in, I want it to be me."

5)"I think you better take your hands off me." "Or, at least buy me a drink."
Dark Shadows, aired 4/11/67
1)New Willie got fumblemouth, too. It must be contagious.

2)"He's an ex-con?" I thought that was general knowledge.

3)"If he lets out one more peep, I'm gonna wipe up the streets with him." You're all talk, Devlin.

4) OK, finally! Now, can we get to the part where they wake up the vampire?
Dark Shadows, aired 4/13/67

(Note: The tape goes from episode 72, aired 4/11/67, to episode 74, aired 4/13/67, so I seem to be missing an episode.)

1)Uh-oh, Jason's being reasonable.

2)Willie's kind of a wuss, too.

3)Willie's good with kids, though.

4)Why do vampires always have medals, anyhow? Be funn if it said "Best in Show".

5)Was Barnabas big on drums?
Dark Shadows, aired 4/14/67

1)Now, it's a heartbeat.

2)"Somehow, you don't strike me as the reading type."

3)"Eagle's Hill"?

4)I like the old caretaker.

5)"I've never seen Willie read a book." "Seen him eat a few, though."

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