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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Those are Julia's legs on Barnabas!

The truth, in those less tolerant times, was that Barnabas was biologically female? Or that (judging from the horse) he wasn't a Collins at all, but a member of the Brady Bunch?

Tracy of Moon-T said:

I can't even process that...

(I'll also be out of the running for a few days -- taking a long weekend to go camping! So don't get too far head of me!)

We stopped at 425.

The panel above is the splash page to part two of Gold Key's Dark Shadows #1. The art has been altered. Note that Julia's legs have been flipped and repositioned. 

Thanks! I've seen some screw-ups in Gold Key art here and there, but that one seemed too much.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

We stopped at 425.

The panel above is the splash page to part two of Gold Key's Dark Shadows #1. The art has been altered. Note that Julia's legs have been flipped and repositioned. 

I had a chance to squeeze in episode 423 while I was had a few minutes between jobs. Suki and Nathan plan to meet in the Old House to hammer out the terms on Suki's blackmail, but she runs into Barnabas... and tries blackmailing HIM!

That doesn't work.

At the end of the episode, Nathan rushes in to find her on the floor, after Barnabas attacked her. And with what's probably her dying breath, she names her attacker: "Barnabas... Barnabas Collins." 

Uh-oh!

"That doesn't work."

That's the thing I couldn't tell you last week.

"If I were Nathan, I might consider setting her up on a date with a local dead bachelor."

"I have one other comment to make about your post, but I can't say it yet."

I've reached Friday! Episode 425! And two really significant things have happened. 

First, in the Nathan/Millicent plot, Suki is definitely dead, strangled by Barnabas. And in trying to locate an address for Suki's next of kin -- an aunt in Baltimore -- Millicent discovers her marriage certificate to Nathan! She confronts him, and runs off into the night, pursued by a scoundrel.

But in the main event, Natalie is trying to keep Josette in the house, as Vicki's family history book says she'll die tonight. And she's lost the ring Barnabas has given her, so she wants to run to the Old House to look for it. Natalie seems able to pin her down, though, until they struggle and break a lamp... and then the wind throws Josette's bedroom door open wide. Then Natalie goes into the hall, and the door slams shut...and Josette suddenly hears the architect of all this chaos -- the ghost of Angelique, speaking in the voice of Barnabas. She summons her to Widow's Hill, and she leaves through the secret passage.

Meanwhile, Angelique does the same with Barnabas, pretending to be Josette. But Barnabas is onto her, and knows it's a trap. He goes anyway.

Josette get's to Widow's Hill first, and Angelique reveals herself, and shows her a vision of what Barnabas will turn her into: an undead vampire lady! Josette screams. Barnabas arrives and tries to comfort her, but she pulls from his arms and leaps off the hill, onto the rocks below!

And now the family history has been fulfilled. But we've probably got a while to go yet in this century... so what's still on the line?

Well, Vicki's still in jail. We'll probably have a trial for witchcraft. 

Will Nathan and Millicent patch things up? Will Nathan face consequences for attempted bigamy?

Will Josette come back as a ghost in this time, or will she wait until the 20th century to start appearing?

More and more people have seen Barnabas, and Joshua knows he's missing from his grave. What'll happen there... and how will he eventually get sealed back into his coffin?

Those are great questions! I know most of the answers but I am excited to see what happens next. 

Oh, and one more question: Can anything be done to get revenge on Angelique?

https://m.facebook.com/groups/173791732802004/permalink/18978078370...

The house used for the Dark Shadows exterior is about to be for sale. 

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