Dark Shadows Collectibles Book
Published in 1998
Dark Shadows Collectibles Book,
a comprehensive, fully illustrated look at the games, toys, puzzles,
books, and other official DS merchandise was published by
Pomegranate Press in 1998.
with photos of the various DS collectibles, the book contains
several unusual publicity photos of Jonathan Frid on a shopping
spree in his Barnabas costume, including the one below.
Dark Shadows Collectibles Book can only be purchased at the
Pomegranate Press website (and at Dark Shadows Festivals). For more
information, click here.
earlier DS books, The Dark Shadows Collectors' Guide,
Frozen Summer, Conversations, Victoria Winters,
and Seeking Shadows are currently out of print, but copies
occasionally turn up on Ebay
I may reprint them at some point.
1991, I self-published my first DS book, The
Dark Shadows Collectors' Guide.
It includes photos of nearly every DS collectible that had
been issued at that point -- including the covers of all the Gold
Key comics and the Paperback Library novels, and rare items such
as The Horror Head Pillows and the Barnabas Halloween costume.
are also chapters based on exclusive interviews I conducted with
Kathryn Leigh Scott, Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker, and Dan "Marilyn"
Ross (author of the DS novels).
of the text from this book was revised and included in The Dark
Shadows Collectibles Book (see above), but the interviews were
Summer is a short novel, set at Collinwood in 1990, with
David Collins' son, Brent, as the main character. Shortly after
Brent arrives at his ancestral home, he is drawn into a mystery
surrounding the disappearance of his cousin Barnabas Collins.
Conversations is a collection of transcripts of the cast interviews
I conducted for The Dark Shadows Collectors' Guide.
Shadows is a booklet of DS-themed crossword puzzles.
(When I lived in Kansas, I had a lot of time on my hands....)
also edited a variety of Dark Shadows-related books including:
a fanzine featuring short stories, articles, and artwork focusing
on Collinwood's naive governess -- created by some of the best writers and artists in fandom, including Jeff Thompson, Connie Jonas, Sherlock and more.
Eat Than Act,
a cookbook by Diana Millay,
which was first published by IRETA Press in 1995. An updated paperback edition debuted at the 2004 Dark Shadows Festival and is available at online booksellers
Amazon.com and Barnesandnobel.com.
Power of Halloween,
Diana Millay's intriguing history of the spookiest day of the year,
which is available on
Amazon.com. For more information, visit
In 2005, I worked with Marie Wallace
on her first book,
On Stage and in Shadows,
which debuted at that year's DS Festival. It contains interesting
stories about her long and diverse stage career as well as rare
photos of Marie and many of her costars, including Jackie Gleason,
Bert Lahr, Ethel Merman, Gwen Verdon, and many more.
Read more about the book on Marie's
website -- including some great previews, including fun stories about her longtime pal Ruth Buzzi, with photos!
• One of my best friends, Lucille Ball expert Michael Karol, has written a terrific series of Lucy books, and he's tapped me to edit them. I love Lucy -- not quite as much as he does -- so it's been fun working with him on these books. We've also collaborated on a website and book series featuring trivia about TV classics, including The Golden Girls, The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island and many others. Click here to visit the TV Tidbits website.
pretty sure that Diana Millay was the first cast member to get her
"name-dot-com" registered and post her own site on the web. It was about
1995, so the whole idea of websites was still relatively new, and I was just learning how to design
sites, so dianamillay.com
one of the first online projects I worked on.
Since then I've also worked
got Marie started, and she took over and has had a lot of fun maintaining
her own pages, writing updates, adding photos, etc.), and laraparker.com. In 2005, I developed a couple more additions to the Dark Shadows Online group of sites: Nancy Barrett Online and Denise Nickerson Online -- but a medical crisis landed me in the hospital for a big chunk of the summer, so they're still a bit sparse. I'm working with Nancy and Denise to add a great deal of content to both sites in early 2006.
So...there you have much more than you ever wanted to know about my "DS career."