Saturday, May 12, 2012
Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch by Lara Parker
Who is going to be making a cameo in the upcoming film in a party sequence along with several of her Dark Shadows co-stars including the late Jonathan Frid.
I'm finding her continuation of the series to be really enjoyable. And I always appreciate the fact when someone who has been a part of a long running series cares about the show so much that their involvement with the series continues long after the series ends. What I enjoy about this story in particular is the connection with the Salem Witch Hunt. Which she has the Collins Family somehow connected with that horrible period of history.
Given the show's time-travel aspect in later episodes, I could almost imagine Jonathan Frid and other members of the cast as the Salem branch of the Collins Family.
In the present we find Barnabas Collins, cured of his vampire curse and set to marry Dr. Julia Hoffman. The woman who cured him. But life is less than tranquil in Collinwood when a flower child by the name of Antoinette, who bears a shocking resemblance to the witch Angélique, has rebuilt the Old House. Which (as in real life) was destroyed in a fire.
All the Collins family are present and you can almost hear their voices as you read the books.
A British company Big Finish that specializes in creating audio plays actually did a dramatic reading of Lara Parker's previous Dark Shadows book Angélique's Descent that is worth checking out.
They had also produced one called The Night Whispers which featured Jonathan Frid reprising the role of Barnabas Collins for the very last time. Also worth giving a listen to.
But I would definitely give The Salem Branch a definite look as well.
Just to see how the Collins family are keeping nowadays.