Dark Passages

Dark Passages is a coming-of-age story encapsulating the romance and innocence of JFK’s Camelot era and the tumultuous "dark passages" of Meg Harrison, a vampire raised by her mother to resist the temptation of human blood. Meg arrives in New York determined not to use her vampiric gifts to fulfill her dream of becoming an actress. She joins the cast of the cult hit Dark Passages, only to face her nemesis, a beautiful 300-year-old witch bent on destroying her. Their rivalry leads to a final confrontation as the telekinetic vampire and spell-weaving sorceress engage in a spectacular battle for supremacy. It takes all of Meg’s wit and tenacity to defeat the witch and win the affections of a handsome young mortal with a secret life of his own. In the end, Meg realizes that the powers she always denied within herself are not a curse, but a blessing.
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Cloaked in a gutsy vampire novel is a detailed and touching glimpse of a legendary era. In DARK PASSAGES, author Kathryn Leigh Scott has cleverly written one of the most honest and atmospheric looks at how and why a show like Dark Shadows was put together and experienced. This includes rich, poignant details about life in New York in the MAD MEN era, complete with a backstage tour of the life of a Playboy Club bunny. Just because it's a novel (and a warm, highly engaging one) doesn't mean that it can't be history, too. Ms. Scott lived the era and the show, and she has already established herself an an apt historian with books such as THE BUNNY YEARS and DARK SHADOWS MEMORIES.

One of the things I really liked about the book was how atmospheric it was. Although her writing is very clean and elegant, Ms. Scott has a talent for detail that immediately brings the experience and characters to life. The elephant in the room, and it's a good one, is the question of whether the *characters* resemble arguably real-life counterparts from the show. I can't say, but certain elements (the Joan Bennett character's distinctive lunch bag for instance) seem pretty familiar. Having not been there, that's where the similarities may end. That doesn't keep you from feeling like you're getting a truly revealing feel for the life behind the cameras. If you want to sense how Dark Shadows was made, this is really a gift.

And the vampire element is fun, too. 
 -- P. McCray, 2013