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Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / hoDS screening in LA
« on: July 04, 2023, 11:57:53 PM »

My friend Todd Macintosh who worked on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER as one of the main makeup artists, and also worked on the 2004 DS pilot, is going to give a talk about Dick Smith's Old Barnabas makeup as part of this screening of a 35 mm print of hoDS in LA. The screening, a double feature in which the other movie will be the Eighties classic THE HUNGER, will happen Thursday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. Link:

Todd is an excellent speaker and I'm sure the evening will be fun and fascinating.  Earlier this year, Todd was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from IMATS, the International Make-up Artist Trade Show, honoring his more than 40 years of significant contribution to make-up artistry. Todd owns some primary source materials (or has seen some as well) and his talk will provide some really interesting details about Dick Smith's development of this iconic makeup.

Just wanted to let any fans who live in the LA area know that this is happening.


Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / "The Quentin Story," 1990
« on: June 23, 2023, 04:12:55 PM »
For fans of the 1991 series,

One of Matt Hall's recent auctions included a treatment for a "Quentin story" by Sam Hall. Only the first page of the three-and-a-half page document was scanned here, and it reads more like a plot outline from the original 1840 storyline than a proposed treatment for the second season of the revival. But Matt dates it to the period in 1990 when he and Sam were both working on the new series.


Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / Matthew Morgan's Ghosts
« on: April 02, 2023, 09:38:04 PM »
Fan videographer Emrys Abyss recently posted this awesome edit and tribute to the concluding weeks of Thayer David's Matthew Morgan storyline:

Really awesome work. It's so rare to see a fan pay homage to the pre-Barnabas storylines with this level of depth and nuance.

I think Emrys may have other videos as well; I plan to investigate!


Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / OT: Greystone appearance
« on: March 14, 2023, 04:58:14 AM »
Fans of Greystone, or early 1960s Gothic supernatural stories, might enjoy this 1962 episode of the anthology series, THE DICK POWELL SHOW. "The Clocks" features guest star Joan Fontaine as a widow haunted by the ghost of her dead husband. Future MASH star Wayne Rogers appears as a wise-cracking scientist helping his friend, a professional parapsychologist, investigate. STAR TREK alumna Celia Lovsky (T'Pau in "Amok Time") appears as the housekeeper.

Several scenes were shot on location at Greystone.


Grayson Hall's son Matt today announced a sale he is launching of various items of memorabilia from his parents' estate. Even fans who aren't into Grayson Hall will be interested to see Sy Tomashoff's sketch of the Collinwood drawing room and the set of scripts he has listed, and there are some very pretty items from Grayson's personal wardrobe (I love the astrological scarf by Hermes).


Dear fans,
I'm pasting in an announcement posted to social media today. I know nothing about this event; simply passing along the info for fans of KLS. I wonder who among the surviving DS cast will be present.


The announcement:
KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT will be presented with a Career Achievement Award at the 50th annual Saturn Awards of Science Fiction & Fantasy, and will be joined by her Dark Shadows cast and colleagues.
WHERE and HOW fans and friends can watch the SATURNS LIVE on October 25th, starting with the Red Carpet at 5:30PM (Pacific) and then the SATURN AWARDS from 8:00 PM.
To watch everything on a computer or phone even!--  just click on the link or type into their browser and the site comes up -- and on the day of the show it'll have the SATURN AWARDS ready to watch. Plus, everyone can download the ElectricNOW app on their televisions for free.
There are 3 ways to access the ElectricNOW channel:
You can download the ElectricNOW app from any of the devices by going to or clicking the QR code below.  Each of the icons will take you to the site where you can download the app for free.  You can also tune in
You can watch the ElectricNOW channel from any of our streaming partners such as The Roku Channel, Sling TV, Xumo, Plex, Stirr, etc.  Please refer to or click the QR code below
You can watch by going to  There’s no sign up or registration required.

Hi fans,

Sole Twins audio has launched "Cursed Dwellings," an online radio drama serial all about the origins of Victoria Winters. Episode one begins with Collinwood servant Betty Hanscombe's return to Collinsport, while a dying Jamison Collins summons his daughter Elizabeth to his room on an important matter concerning the Collins family secret.

I think the year is supposed to be around 1946. And a character from the Strange Paradise universe is due to make an appearance, too, in a subsequent installment.

Listen here:


Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / THE MUNSTERS 1964 LP
« on: September 23, 2022, 10:23:31 PM »
I was excited to see this old LP released by Golden Records to promote The Munsters back in 1964. My parents gave it to my sister and me as a Halloween gift sometime either that year or in '65, I believe--it was a long time ago so I'm not sure of the year.

There are songs--it could be staged as a musical version of the show.

I was quite surprised a few months ago to see a "teaser trailer" for that new film version by Rob Zombie--it looked much better than I expected (I expected something unwatchably bad--it was actually pretty good).


I think there's already a thread for this, but I'm not sure just where it is.

Online version of the KLS David Henesy interview. This version supposedly includes material not published in the mag (which I have not seen).


Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / Terror at Collinwood
« on: May 02, 2021, 03:11:24 PM »
Our very own and much beloved Penny Dreadful has begun a new DS podcast: TERROR AT COLLINWOOD!

There's a website for the podcast, too:

Themes from the first episode include Penny's memories of how she got into DS thanks to her extremely cool Uncle Vlad (!), her discovery of DS fandom in the 1980s, general thoughts about the series and its relationship to the genres of the Gothic tradition and supernatural terror in literature and film, and her conviction, which she argues brilliantly, that DS was NOT CAMP.

cheers, G.

Current Talk '24 I / Episode 197
« on: April 25, 2021, 05:02:07 PM »
A few days ago I viewed DS episode 197 and was startled to see on the production slate that this was marked, and announced as, take TWO of this show. I can't recall having seen that in my current viewing which began with episode 123.

I wondered if this was a rare instance where the tape broke while they were taping. I noticed what seemed like an edit towards the end of the episode--I think it was a scene between Roger and Jason in the basement.

It's been funny watching these shows to recall that a lot of the stuff I've read about the series described the weeks immediately prior to the arrival of Barnabas as so abysmally slow and boring that the ratings were plummeting. Notwithstanding those repeated statements, my experience has been that the episodes of February and March of 1967 have proved to be among the most exciting I can ever recall seeing in any storyline of the show. Now I'm wondering whether it was true that the ABC network suits had issued an ultimatum to Curtis regarding the fate of the show. They were making some changes to their schedule around this period, so I suppose it is possible. But if it happened, it certainly wasn't because the show was somehow "boring."


Current Talk '24 I / The Secret of Laura Collins
« on: April 15, 2021, 06:51:53 PM »
Dear fans,

A few weeks ago, I started re-watching the original 1966-67 Laura Collins storyline, beginning with the episode in which Laura first arrives at the Maggie Evans Coffee Shop (as I have come to think of it). I've really been enjoying this, in part because this is the first time in decades that I've been watching DS on a regular daily basis. My delighted discovery is that I love the show more than ever.

A few observations: First, despite what you may have read or been told, Malcolm Marmorstein was a REALLY good writer. Based on his Laura scripts, I'd rate him up there with Violet Welles and Joe Caldwell. Maybe Marmorstein's early Barnabas scripts--his final period of writing for the show--weren't up to the gold standard of his work on the Laura storyline; it's so long since I viewed those early Barnabas shows that I can't comment (but I might be able to do so eventually, if I keep watching). In an interview on one of the MPI DVDs, Marmorstein revealed that during his final month or so of writing for the series, he had gone out to LA for an extended stay. In the interview, he said that he did this because his wife told him she needed a vacation from living in NYC. Evidently, Bob Costello and others interpreted Marmorstein's month-long sojourn out on "the Coast" as his looking for another job--and that may have in fact been in the case, but Marmorstein claimed it wasn't. All that notwithstanding, nevertheless he revealed that when he was told that his association with Dark Shadows was at an end, Marmorstein immediately began working on Peyton Place. He claimed in the interview that this was a fluke which occurred thanks to a chance conversation, but it's certainly an interesting development. He actually said he didn't miss a single day of work between composing his last script for Shadows and his first one for Peyton.

In my previous viewing of the Laura saga (which I recall as having been patchy and intermittent), I'd definitely picked up that elements of Laura's storyline were re-used for the Cassandra storyline. Now that I've been watching it all properly, in a regular, orderly manner, I'm struck by how much of what was done with early Barnabas and subsequent supernatural storylines during the 1967-1969 period was established by specific plot features and structures of the Laura storyline.

We have a mysterious blonde relative who unexpectedly shows up in town with a problematic backstory. We have multiple incarnations, or are they incarnations, of the same person over a period of 200 years. We have a major character being proclaimed as "one of the Undead." We have a seance, which leads to yet another seance. We have the ghost of Josette Collins, heralded by the smell of jasmine perfume. We have the Undead character's obsession with an important family member. We have a threat to David. We have dreams of occult significance, though so far the dreams are only described, not staged. We have mysterious portraits with an evil influence. In one scene, Laura even gives David a music box, though it has not been referred to in subsequent follow-up shows.

There's more, too. But since so much of this was written by Malcolm Marmorstein, I definitely get why he felt he should receive credit for inventing the Barnabas character. So many of the elements seem to have been re-used, in a shifted or modulated form, from how he wrote Laura.


Current Talk '24 I / Fifty years ago
« on: April 02, 2021, 04:21:07 PM »
Greetings, fans,

I still remember this day 50 years ago today... this year, April 2 is again a Friday.

Back then, each day I kept waiting for the story to go back to 1971 so we could see what Barnabas and Julia were doing. But when Thayer's fateful voiceover came on at the end of the episode, I knew it really was the end.

Five years later, the series started running in syndication in my local market (on a Philly based station, in point of fact) and it was a new beginning, particularly since I had never seen any of 1967. I'd started watching in late June of '68.

And this morning, I watched Dark Shadows again--currently viewing the 1966/67 Laura storyline.



Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / Violet Welles Interview
« on: February 26, 2021, 07:39:02 PM »
For those who haven't seen it, here is the only interview I have ever been able to find with DS writer Violet Welles. I consider her and Joe Caldwell the most talented and distinguished of all the people who wrote for the show.


Calendar Events / Announcements '24 I / Harriet Rohr photo
« on: January 29, 2021, 05:57:10 AM »
Hi gang,

Tonight I've been watching the show for the first time in quite a while. I noticed Harriet Rohr's name and found myself musing that I'd never heard much about her... or anything really.

There are a couple of photos that are identified as being of her on the Getty Archive pages. This is one of the better ones. She's the younger woman standing next to Lela Swift, who is giving notes to Louis Edmonds.


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