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


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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I picked up the Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary DVD collection from the cheapie bin at the Barnes & Noble.

The first disk that I watched contains "The Vampire Curse", which strings together bits of episodes into a "movie" that tells the story of how Barnabas became a vampire, was sealed away, and then was awakened in  1967.

It mostly holds together, although it's a bit disjointed in parts.  Characters appear without any introduction and plot points just sort of disappear (e.g., after a scene where Bolivar Trask - or whatever his name was - accuses Victoria of weighing the same as a duck, they and the plotline are never seen or mentioned  again).

Still, it was the first time I'd seen some of this material, so I'm glad to have gotten the chance.

The disk also includes Episode 221, in which Barnabas meets Maggie and Joe and is just generally as creepy as all get out, an interview with Jonathan Frid in which he gets all Cranky Old Guy about what kinds of horror he likes, and a promo that Kathryn Leigh Scott cut for some PBS station at some point.

I posted my thoughts on "The Vampire Curse" in 2010, back on page two of this discussion if you'd care to read them. (Not for Rob's eyes.)

The first Reverend Trask was never given a first name, but his son and grandson (both played by Jerry Lacy) were named Lamar and Gregory, respectively.

Episode 221 is a favorite of mine, spotlighting the cane. It reminds me of an episode of an anthology show, such as The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits

I've seen the "Cranky Old Guy" interview you're referring to. Frid "disses" the movie Psycho although it's clear he's never seen it. 

The second disk of the collection is "Dark Shadows Fan Favorites". It contains the following episodes, each with an introduction by Kathryn Leigh Scott:  Some I've seen before, some I haven't.

Episode 212:(4/19/67) Barnabas meets Liz, Vickie and David.

Episode 365 (11/17/67) A seance leads to an odd transposition.

Episode 370 (11/24/67) Angelique chokes out Barnabas.

Episode 699 (2/27/69) Barnabas and Julia try to help  someone with a  hairy problem, there's annoying children and a ghost with their own theme music.

Cliffhanger: Barnabas to go into a room!

Episode 725 (4/4/69) In 1897, Barnabas tries to help someone keep body and soul together.

Cliffhanger: Barnabas enters a room!

Episode 1024 (5/28/70) On Earth-Two, a newlywed discovers someone else's past coming back to haunt her.

Cliffhanger:  A man objects to his wife's dress!

Episode 1065 (7/24/70)  Barnabas and Julia get a look at Things to Come, and maybe they don't like it.

Cliffhanger: "David!"

Episode 1102 (9/15/90)  In which there's vampire with a hat, Juia isn't much use, and some children are sick!

Cliffhanger: "Daphne!"

Episode 1115 (10/2/70) In 1840, Barnabas puts the bite on Rock's Andrew and Sneery-Face overacts to beat the band.

Cliffhanger: Barnabas has an ice cream headache!

I saw Kathryn Leigh Scott in an episode of The Goldbergs last night. It was the first of two appearances.

Why I wouldn't have lasted as a Dark Shadows writer:

David: "I will get even with you for this, Maggie. Wait and see."

Maggie (If I was writing it): "Try me, you little ******. I will END you."

I've been meaning to watch that show for ages, since it's set where and when I grew up! This is an excellent excuse.

PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod said:

I saw Kathryn Leigh Scott in an episode of The Goldbergs last night. It was the first of two appearances.

Busy week last week, but I've seen up through episode 388 now. Victoria's hiding place in Collinwood has been discovered, so she's gone to hide in the stable loft. Nathan is suspected of aiding her, and he's worried that if Trask threatens his career again, he'll break. Barnabas also believes Vicki isn't a witch -- they've got to get her off of their grounds before Trask finds her.

Meanwhile, Angelique's enscorcellment has faded from Josette, but she still loves Jeremiah. Barnabas tried to tell himself (and Angelique) that he hated her, but he still loves here. And Angelique has sworn revenge on Barnabas, now planning of striking at him through his sister, Sarah.  

Angelique's plan of making Barnabas love her by doing hateful things to him seems somewhat ill-thought-out to me.

I completely agree. I find myself telling the tv "He's never going to love you!" 

The Baron said:

Angelique's plan of making Barnabas love her by doing hateful things to him seems somewhat ill-thought-out to me.

The third disk of the collection is "The Haunting of Collinwood".  I got through about forty minutes of this and then skimmed the rest of it.  I couldn't bring ,myself to watch three hours focused on one of my lest-favorite characters.

It also contains Episode 836, in which Julia pesters the dead.  Cliffhanger: Someone laughs maniacally!

There's also an interview with David Selby where he rambles on a bit, and and a PBS promo that he cut.

"Victoria's hiding place in Collinwood has been discovered, so she's gone to hide in the stable loft."

If Victoria was smart, she would have hidden in one of Collinwood's secret passages that she knows about. At this point, only Jeremiah and possibly some workmen would know of them. But I guess being smart is something no one ever accused Vicky of.

"Angelique's plan of making Barnabas love her by doing hateful things to him seems somewhat ill-thought-out to me."

In an earlier episode, Ben asked Angelique why she didn't just cast a spell over Barnabas to make him love her, but she said he had to come to her of his own free will. I don't see how what she's doing now  (and/or is about to) is any different. 

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