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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You can always spot my attempts to be clever, because they tend to be incomprehensible.

That line was in reaction to a scene in which Mrs. Johnson lays out a heaping dollop of exposition to Jason, when Jason is quizzing her about stuff.


And at least I didn't say, "Jason turns to Mrs. Johnson for help in finding his Willie."
Oh. (I guess I've just got a dirty mind.)

Mrs. Johnson's son, who will eventually find his way to Collinwood to stay for a time, is named "Harry" (and I am totally not making that up!).
And Racer X was the mysterious character in Speed Racer.
Dark Shadows:The One Where Barnabas Meets Carolyn and Roger
1)"I'm afraid I startled you." Oh, you are not, you big liar!"

2)Barnabas Collins, Mildly Hysterical Tour Guide.

3)Wow, Barnabas, you're a downer.

4)Frid did "creepy" real well.

5)I've never had Indian Pudding. And I hate clam chowder.

6)Roger's home two seconds and he starts drinking.

7)"You can't keep the jet set down, can you?"

8)Frid got fumblemouth, too.

9)"It's that 'aliveness' that interests me." Yeah, I'll bet.

10)Vampires can drink sherry?

11)"It's almost as if it were exactly a portrait of him."

12)And another nice dissolve.
Barnabas Collins, Mildly Hysterical Tour Guide.

Is this the scene where Barnabas describes the construction of the Old House to Vicki in great detail? That’s one of my all-time favorite scenes.

I've never had Indian Pudding. And I hate clam chowder.

What about “carrot cup”? (At least I think that’s what they’re saying.) It’s an 18th century drink served from a punchbowl. They also play “whist” a lot.

Roger's home two seconds and he starts drinking.

Him and Darren Stevens (IIRC).

"You can't keep the jet set down, can you?"

See? There’s that sarcastic streak again!

Frid got fumblemouth, too.

I think half of the cast was nearsighted and really had to memorize their lines because they couldn’t see the cue cards.

Vampires can drink sherry?

“I never drink… sherry.” Nah, it just doesn’t flow trippingly from the tongue.
"Is this the scene where Barnabas describes the construction of the Old House to Vicki in great detail?"

Yeah, that's the one.
Dark Shadows:The One Where Willie turns Up Again
1)Burke got fumblemouth.

2)Burke, you stud, you.

3)"Here's the long-lost pride of our sardine fleet."

4)Vampires can drink cow's blood?

5)Here's Willie!

6)Willie seems to have had a life-changing experience.

7)"Why are there specks of blood on your sleeve?" The answer to that question is almost always interesting.
Dark Shadows:The Where Willie Apologizes
1)Geez, what did Barnabas do to him?

2)New Willie does "freaked out" really well.

3)Elizabeth, you moron.

4)"No one touches it! No one sees it!" "It puts the lotion on its skin!"
Vampires can drink cow's blood?

Sure, why not? According to Cassidy (the hard-drinking Irish vampire of DC Vertigo’s Preacher series), a good bloody piece of steak will do it. On Buffy/Angel, “good vampire” Angel subsisted primarily on pigs blood, and Barnabas Collins is the prototypal “reluctant vampire”!

"Why are there specks of blood on your sleeve?" The answer to that question is almost always interesting.

You know this from personal experience?

Geez, what did Barnabas do to him?

Although it occurred entirely off-camera, Barnabas drained Willie blood from the wrist because even the suggestion of a man biting another man on the neck was considered taboo.

New Willie does "freaked out" really well.

Yes, he does. I really like the way that, as thin as he is, he gets the muscle in his cheek to shake like that.
"Although it occurred entirely off-camera, Barnabas drained Willie blood from the wrist because even the suggestion of a man biting another man on the neck was considered taboo".

The funny thing is - that somehow makes it seem even weirder to me.
I know! I've always thought the same thing!
Dark Shadows:The One Where Willie Leaves The House

1)"It's almost as if this arm had been drained of blood." I don't think blood circulation works that way.

2)"It's almost as if he's become another person." Well, it could only be an improvement.

3)"It can't get dark again." Sure, it can.

4)It used to be that Willie wouldn't let women leave the room, now he throws them out.

5)I occasionally suspect that Jason actually like the little freak, on some level.

6)"Willie?" Sorry, Jason, Willie's at dinner.

And that's where the tape ends. Dang, just where it was starting to get interesting!

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