Dark Shadows Memories: 35th Anniversary Edition

 

 

Now out of print, DARK SHADOWS MEMORIES was a colorful, picture-packed tribute to the legendary 1966 - 1971 Gothic ABC-TV daytime series Dark Shadows, that starred Jonathan Frid as tormented vampire Barnabas Collins. Launched June 27, 1966 by series creator Dan Curtis as a Gothic romance evoking the gloomy, storm-tossed milieu of the Brontë sisters, and later evolving into a supernatural blend of vampires, witches, leviathans, time travel and parallel universes, Dark Shadows was radically unlike any daytime soap. The series became a pop culture phenomenon in its time as the show that “every kid ran home from school to watch.”

            Today—celebrating its fiftieth anniversary—the show remains enormously popular with legions of fans who still hold annual conventions, and continues to attract new fans through reruns, streaming, and home video.

            The book, written by Dark Shadows actress Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans and Josette duPrés), and edited by series archivist Jim Pierson, overflowed with fascinating facts, anecdotes and trivia about Dark Shadows, along with dozens of never-before-published photographs. Alexandra Moltke Isles, who played Collinwood governess Victoria Winters, wrote the Foreword.

            Dark Shadows scholar Kathleen Resch provided a comprehensive summary of the storylines throughout the five-year run of the series. The core group of Dark Shadows actors, including Jonathan Frid, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Kate Jackson, Lara Parker, David Selby and Joan Bennett, played up to ten characters each, shuttling between centuries and universes, encountering virtually every kind of creature and dilemma conceivable in the worlds of Sci-Fi, horror and romantic fantasy. Shakespearean actor Jonathan Frid’s portrayal of the 175-year-old tormented bloodsucking vampire, became a huge hit and a television classic. Two popular MGM films, House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows are based on the popular series.