Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood

Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood includes hundreds of rare photographs and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Kathryn Leigh Scott (Josette DePrés), Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), Lara Parker (Angelique Bouchard) and David Selby (Quentin Collins), who appear in cameo roles with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer in the new Gothic epic feature film Dark Shadows to be released May 2012. With the ongoing fascination for all things vampiric, this book about the making of the new film and the history of the original series is an enticing volume for new and old fans alike.

Adapting many classic literary tales, the suspenseful and romantic stories of “Dark Shadows” center on the wealthy but tormented inhabitants of the mysterious Collinwood estate in the small fishing village of Collinsport, Maine. The powerful Collins family has been haunted for generations by vengeful curses and other supernatural secrets that span the centuries.

In its heyday, the original “Dark Shadows” daytime series (ABC-TV, 1966-1971) attracted 20 million viewers. The spooky, literate, romance and horror-driven show had universal appeal — and came to be known as the program “kids ran home from school to watch.” Reruns and DVD releases of all 1,225 episodes have spawned new generations of Dark Shadows fans, who attend annual Dark Shadows Festivals where cast members reunite to celebrate the show’s unending popularity.

Authors Kathryn Leigh Scott and Jim Pierson have previously collaborated on five top-selling books about “Dark Shadows” and a coffee table book about the career of its creator, the late producer-director Dan Curtis.