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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I've seen through episode 503. Julia tries to hypnotize Willie out of the dream curse, but it doesn't take. And Adam has taken Carolyn into a root cellar -- a new set! -- where he's alternating between stroking her hair in fascination, saying words like Food! and Music!, and knocking her unconscious. Which is how he leaves her, after putting a boulder outside the door so she can't escape. (At least they stopped playing "Love Theme From a Man and a Woman.")

I guess he's going to find some food. But who knows?

That is the episode that made me think Adam's next lesson needs to be about personal space and inappropriate touching. 

Whoa, it's been a while since I've posted! I've seen up through episode 508 now. Adam's been caught, escaped, dangled Carolyn off Widow's Hill, leaped to his supposed death. Fresh from that ordeal, Carolyn's bedroom is invaded by Willie, who wants to tell her his dream! She bites him, and tries not to have the dream, until she does it under controlled conditions with Professor Stokes, who inserts himself into her dream and proceeds to then have it himself... at which point he breaks all the rules, causing a confrontation with Angelique! It's a great face-off, and it looks like he might have won, but she's marked him with a pitchfork, so who knows? Then now-blind Sam and Joe show up at the Old House, Stokes resists any compulsion to tell Sam about the dream, and then Sam returns home....only to be confronted by Adam, looking a lot worse for wear, and holding a carving knife! 

I thought it was brilliant to blind Sam as part of the Barnabas and Angelique plot, allowing the kindly blind man from "Frankenstein" to be introduced. 

"I was gonna make espresso."

Tracy of Moon-T said:

I thought it was brilliant to blind Sam as part of the Barnabas and Angelique plot, allowing the kindly blind man from "Frankenstein" to be introduced. 

"Whoa, it's been a while since I've posted!"

I'm afraid we haven't waited. (We're up to 529.) You are in the midst of a five-episode stint written by Sam Hall (507-511) in which Stokes moves to the fore and things really start to happen. You are on the cusp of...

...another seance.

...the introduction of ...[?]

...the death of... [?]

Meanwhile, Tracy and I are closing in of the end of the Dream Curse (535). 

That's a great point, Tracy! And oh, man, do I love that line, Baron!

Jeff, I know I won't catch up with you guys this weekend, but hopefully I'll make a little headway. 

Tracy of Moon-T said:

I thought it was brilliant to blind Sam as part of the Barnabas and Angelique plot, allowing the kindly blind man from "Frankenstein" to be introduced. 

I've seen through episode 511 now, and things  are jumpin'! Tony tried to kill Prof Stokes for Cassandra, but Stokes caught on and switched the glasses. But Julia saved Tony's life, and now he's on their side, performing a seance in the old house to reach Rev. Trask! Trask's body gets revealed in the wall, and when Barnabas comes home, Trask's ghost -- maybe posessing Tony? -- confront's Barnabas, wanting revenge!

Also, in my headcannon, Tony Peterson of Collinwood is part of the same New England branch of the Peterson family as Norm from Cheers. 

"...performing a seance in the old house..."

It's time to update our seance scorecards!

SEANCE #1: Episode 170

Participants: Guthrie, Roger, Carolyn & Vicki (+ Laura)

Purpose: To contact Josette

Results: Josettte speaks through Vicki (in French)

SEANCE #2: Episode 186

Participants: Vicki, Sam Evans & David

Purpose: To contact Josette

Results: David Radcliffe speaks through David

SEANCE #3: Episodes 280/281

Participants: Roger, Liz, Carolyn, Vicki, Burke & Barnabas

Purpose: To contact any spirit which will answer

Results: Josette speaks through Vicki (in English)

SEANCE #4: Episode 365(461)

Participants: Roger, Liz, Carolyn, Vicki, Julia & Barnabas

Purpose: To contact Sarah

Results: Vicki sent on a "uncertain and frightening journey into the past"

SEANCE #5: Episode 511/512

Participants: Stokes, Julia & Tony

Purpose: To contact Trask

Results: Trask manifests in the present

"Trask's ghost -- maybe possessing Tony?"

...or, it maybe manifested around his own skeleton, as the skeleton disappears.

"Tony Peterson of Collinwood is part of the same New England branch of the Peterson family as Norm from Cheers."

That's a good one. Ben Cartwright's first wife on Bonanza, BTW, was named Elizabeth Stoddard... no relation to Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, obviously, but quite likely an (indirect) ancestor of Paul Stoddard, Elizabeth Collins' rat of a husband. (The Bonanza Stoddards were a family of New England sailors/shipbuilders, so that fits.) 

Oh, the ghost taking Tony's skeleton makes sense! (in a Dark Shadows kind of way...)

I've seen more now... up through episode 514. Trask has given Barnabas a mock trial of the damned (a la The Devil and Daniel Webster), and walled him up in the little place where he used to hang out. Elizabeth has seen Cassandra and Tony almost kiss, and when Elizabeth threatens to tell Roger, Cassandra curses Elizabeth with an obsession with her own death. And Cassandra goes to Sam Evans's house to give him magic tobacco to trigger the dream curse in him, but Stokes (he's alive!) intercepts the wacky tobbaccy before it can get to Sam. Meanwhile Maggie puts on her haunted earrings, goes to the Old House, considers dating Willie, then takes off the earrings, realizes that's a bad idea, goes home. Willie soon follows and gets punched in the gut by Joe. Adam's watching all of this. 

I'm sure I left something out. By the way, I'm admiring the way Maggie's dialogue mentions coffee in almost every episode she appears in, even if she never gets a chance to serve it anymore.


"I'm sure I left something out."

Don't know. I'm relying on your cues to clue me in to episodes I have watched, at this point, a while ago now. Tracy and I have just finished the "Dream Curse" arc (535) so the end is in sight! You are on the cusp of...

...a character death (518), and...

...a major new character (521).

"By the way, I'm admiring the way Maggie's dialogue mentions coffee in almost every episode she appears in"

Since you pointed that out we've been noting it but, now that we've moved beyond the b&w era, I still think the Dark Shadows beverage of choice is a tossup between brandy and port and sherry. (Of the three, I choose brandy, myself.) 

I'm not entirely sure that I've ever tasted brandy, port or sherry.  In my younger days, we drank whatever beer would get us drunkest the cheapest.  Later on, I developed a taste for Guinness Stout.  Now, it's gotta be at least three years since I last tasted alcohol.

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