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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MPI Presents the 1840 Flashback

Ah, those dim, dead days of the early 1990s, when MPI produced a series of Dark Shadows-related clip tapes, and I collected them voraciously.  One of the only tapes I never purchased -- and probably because it never showed up in Woolworth's or Kmart, where I purchased Scariest Moments, as well as Best of Dark Shadows, Best of Dark Shadows 2, and The Best of Barnabas -- was Dark Shadows: 1840 Flashback.  I always thought it would be clips as well from the entire storyline; instead, it presents two full episodes from early in the flashback, where Angelique returns, and Julia, at the urging of Leticia Faye, is possessed by Judah Zachery.

 Not sure how this would encourage anyone to pickup the rest of the series, but I often had the same question about the clip tapes, love them though I do.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

1968: Monsters

I know I've posted this before; I don't even care.  I love this shoot so much!  LOOK AT CASSANDRA'S WIG!  Sigh.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

This Place Scares Us: A Podcast for the Creepy Scaries

Are you intrigued by ghoulies, ghosties, long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night (to quote the one and only Sam Evans)?  Then you must treat yourself to This Place Scares Us, a podcast hosted by me and my friend Katya.  We delve into all manner of what Katya calls "the creepy scaries" -- so far we've talked about the 2014 film It Follows, the Shirley Jackson short story "The Lottery", little known serial killer Israel Keyes, the Circleville Letter Writer, Stephen King's Cycle of the Werewolf, and the "black eyed kid" phenomenon.  But fear not; this isn't simply a shameless plug; there will be a Dark Shadows-themed episode soon!

You can find us on iTunes, at, you can follow us on Instagram,Twitter, and Facebook!

1897: Judith Collins

My favorite Joan Bennett character.

1897: Angelique and the Portrait of Barnabas

It's reversed, but I thought it looked kinda cool.  Also, here's a drawing from the 1968 Concordance by Warren Oddsson, who used this photo for inspiration:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

1969: Charles Delaware Tate

Mauled by a werewolf.  RIP, Roger Davis' penultimate appearance (if you don't count House of Dark Shadows). 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dark Shadows Resurrected

I enjoyed Barbara Blackburn's Carolyn quite a lot as a child; I even wore a yellow sweater for awhile (I was but a wee, impressionable Montana 6th grader) in emulation of her Carolyn.  I am less impressed what her as an adult, unfortunately.

I remain a devotee of Joanna Going's Victoria Winters, however.

And I can't help but love Jim Fyfe.