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Lara Parker has a short story in the recently published Castle of Horror Anthology, Volume One. No idea what her story is about but I assume that it is not Dark Shadows related. Amazon has it for $13.99.

Remember that interview that Lara, KLS and David did with Herbie J. Pilato? The one that we assumed was connected to the DS 50th anniversary? It appears that it is finally going to air, on Amazon Prime. It's part of a series with the aforementioned Mr. Pilato, called Then Again With Herbie J. Pilato.

If you happen to be anywhere near Phoenixville, Pennsylvania on July 12-14, our own Sharon Smyth Lentz will be making her first appearance at the annual Blobfest. For the uninitiated, the Blobfest is an annual event that pays tribute to the vintage schlock Steve McQueen classic The Blob. The movie was filmed in Phoenixville and most of the locations are still there. There will be a screening of the movie in the Colonial theatre which figures prominently in the movie. There will be all sorts of Blob related activities, including a parade of fire extinguishers!
Sharon will be there, along with the robot from Lost In Space and the very cool Marta Kristen.

Marie Wallace and Kathryn Leigh Scott will be appearing at Chiller Theatre in Parsippany, New Jersey next weekend, April 26-28. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information

Sad to hear that Ken Bald passed away on March 17th at the age of 98. In addition to his work on the DS newspaper comic, he worked extensively for both Fawcett and Marvel as far back as the 1940's. He was also the artist on the long running Dr. Kildare newspaper comic which he worked on while doing the DS strip. Though he never attended a DS festival, Mr. Bald was attending comic book conventions until a few years ago. Everyone who met him said that he was a nice, friendly guy.

Calendar Events / Announcements '19 I / David Jay, After Dark Shadows
« on: March 20, 2019, 09:11:49 AM »
I was on a soap opera message board and ran across a posting from a former child actor who posted under the screen name TimWil. He recalled going on an audition as a potential recast as Chucky Shea, one of Lisa's sons on As The World Turns in 1972. One of the other actors up for the part was David Jay. TimWil hysterically describes him as looking like the image of the boy on the Dutch Boy paint can. Neither of them got the part but they continued to run into each other at auditions.
TimWil ended up being cast as David's understudy in a 1974 production of Macbeth at Lincoln Center; he played Macduff's son. Others in the cast were John Heard, Carol Kane, Christopher Walken and Christopher Lloyd!

An announcement popped up on my Facebook newsfeed saying that audio versions of the entire Marilyn Ross paperback series would be released through Amazon. 15 to start with, followed by the rest. The price was decent but information was sparse. No mention of who would be reading them, let alone who was releasing them.
Several fans apparently reported the announcement to you know who. No such release is planned through legitimate channels and the announcement has been deemed a fake. The Amazon listing will probably be deleted shortly.
Which raises an interesting question. Who made the original announcement in the first place? After the leak of the 2004 pilot, one would think that you know who would keep a closer watch on licensed properties.

Calendar Events / Announcements '19 I / From Marie Wallace
« on: January 17, 2019, 11:33:39 PM »
Marie Wallace made a post on Facebook regarding a small, one day DS event in NYC in early spring. No other details at this time but if I were to hazard a guess, I'd say that it would be to screen the documentary film. No idea which of the actors would be attending.

Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / Ely Pouget Joins General Hospital
« on: October 22, 2018, 09:59:08 PM »
ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting that Ely Pouget, who played Maggie Evans in the NBC incarnation of Dark Shadows, will be appearing on General Hospital in the new role of Jeanette. They haven't revealed much about her character but it is speculated that Jeanette is Margaux's mother.  [ScaredGhost] [Waving_Skeleton] [ScaredGhost]

Calendar Events / Announcements '19 I / From Chris Pennock
« on: August 26, 2018, 06:48:59 PM »
Chris announced on his Facebook page that he will be at The Hollywood Show on Saturday, October 20th. He is not listed on the Hollywood Show's website, so there's no indication if he will be there for the duration of the show or if any other DS cast members would also be appearing. Best bet is keep checking their website

He also announced that the DS, or rather DC, documentary, Master of Shadows, would have its west coast premiere on the same day. No indication of where or when the screening would take place. And no mention of any screening on the east coast.

Stay tuned.

Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / Kelly Hu at Chiller Theatre
« on: July 23, 2018, 05:24:27 PM »
Kelly Hu, who played Julia Hoffman in the 2004 pilot, has been added to the guest list for the Halloween Chiller Theatre in Parsippany, New Jersey from October 26-28. I met Kelly at a similar show a few years ago and found her to be charming, friendly and a great convention presence.

Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / Semi Off Topic: Marion Ross
« on: July 10, 2018, 11:37:04 PM »
I just finished reading Marion Ross' autobiography, My Days, Happy and Otherwise. Ross has had a long career and an interesting life but her DS connections are what is pertinent here. She mentions appearing in the stage production of Arsenic and Old Lace but does not mention Jonathan Frid or any of the other actors.
She does, however, devote an entire chapter to her long term companion, Paul Michael. She mentions a lot of his stage work,Zorba, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and a role opposite Judy Holliday in Bells Are Ringing. But the only television part she mentions by name is his appearance as King Johnny Romano on DS.
Their romance was unexpected but sweet. Just a nice couple who found true love after sixty.
And the rest of the book is interesting too!

Obviously, it didn't happen but I just read an item in an old soap magazine from the 1970's that stated that both Michael and Antony Ponzini (the original Vince Wolek on OLTL) had tested for major parts in The Godfather. All actors audition for parts that they don't get but it's fun to wonder which part that he might have played.

Through eBay, I just acquired two issues of a Joan Bennett fanzine, with the very odd title Under Bennett's Bonnet. These go back to 1970, when my teenage interest in DS was at its peak. I had absolutely no idea that Joan had a fan club during the run of the series. Over the years, I have heard about fanzines and clubs for most of the actors but this was new to me. Nor were the names on the publication (Gail Katz, Sue Agranoff, Rachel Silverman) at all familiar.
The zines are very much a product of their time. Hand drawn graphics. Typewritten, with lots of misspellings and overstrikes. But there's still a certain charm to it. They have access to Joan who was unsurprisingly gracious. There are some scattered interviews with Joan. Nothing particularly shocking, unless you happen to be shocked by the revelation that Joan didn't like turnips. There are two chapters of an 1897 piece of fan fiction where Judith is menaced by the return of a flesh and blood Gregory Trask. He found a secret passageway out of the room. Of course, that doesn't explain how he survived the gunshot. No idea if the story continued beyond two chapters.
Not to say that there aren't some interesting bits. I was unaware that there had been a bomb scare at the studio on May 1, 1970.
There is also an interview with DS hair stylist Edith Tilles. Edith came to DS after having been the hairdresser on Jackie Gleason and Gentle Ben. I presume that she did the hair for Dennis Weaver and the other actors but you never know. The most interesting part for me is that if you sent Edith a SASE, she would send you a clipping from your favorite actor's hair. I would love to find out if anyone actually did this! And, did Edith have to fight off KLS for any Frid clippings?

Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / KLS and Fonzie?
« on: January 23, 2018, 09:30:19 PM »
In some ways, not as bizarre as you might think. In others, more bizarre than you could imagine.

In the early 1980's, there was a Saturday morning cartoon spinoff of Happy Days entitled Fonz and the Happy Days Gang where Arthur Fonzarelli, Ralph Malph, Richie Cunningham join a talking dog named Mr. Cool and an alien girl with Pippi Longstocking pigtails named Cupcake in a series of odd adventures. Seems that Cupcake's spaceship is also a time machine but it malfunctions, sending the characters anywhere and everywhere, except 1957 Milwaukee. Part Mr. Peabody. Part Sliders. Part Doctor Who. Surprisingly, this ran for two years.
What does this have to do with TLATKLS? Wikipedia and imdb both list her as "additional voices". As good as she is at selfpromotion, Scott has never alluded to this in any of her books or during a star panel. I never saw the show, though there seem to be some episodes on YouTube. From what I've read about it, I can't say that I blame her for not bringing it up.

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