The Collinsport Historical Society

The Collinsport Historical Society

A monthly podcast dedicated to all things Dark Shadows, as well as horror literature, movies and comic books.

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October 22, 2019 37 min

Will McKinley loves House of Dark Shadows. As a high school student, working for former Jonathan Frid nights and weekends on a series of one-man shows that had originated at fan conventions, the 1970 feature film was his gateway into the world of Dark Shadows.

 

Nancy Kersey, a creative collaborator with Frid in those days, does not love House of Dark Shadows, a film she believes does a disservice to the television series. On Oct. ...

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Kathryn Leigh Scott and David Selby recently reunited to play Maggie Evans and Quentin Collins once more for Big Finish Productions in a four-story boxset "Maggie and Quentin: The Lovers' Refrain." Set after "Return to Collinwood","The Lovers' Refrain" catches up with a very-much-in-love 21st Century Maggie and Quentin who find that as they get older - or at least as one of them does - life doesn'...

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Diabolical Daybook diarist Patrick McCray is joined by the Fabulous Alexis Latshaw to resurrect Barnabas Collins and argue that TV’s greatest villain is its greatest hero in a bizarre act of unnatural fan love.

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Penny Dreadful's alter ego Danielle Gelehrter discusses her favorite vampire, Barnabas Collins, and her memories of growing up a "second generation" Dark Shadows fan.

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August 23, 2019 12 min

Jessica Dwyer explains why the sins of Collinsport's royal family aren't always that sinful.

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August 22, 2019 34 min

The producers of Big Finish's line of "Dark Shadows" audio dramas talk about why extending the show's storyline has always been about extending the Collins family.

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Patrick McCray and Justin Partridge have a drink at The Blue Whale and talk about Master of Dark Shadows, how the show speaks to the lonely and why the 1897 storyline is like an episode of "Fantasy Island" for Barnabas Collins.

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August 20, 2019 6 min

Alice Collins talks about discovering "Dark Shadows" on The Sci-Fi Channel while home sick from school at age 11, and seeing something familiar in the show's themes and characters.

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August 19, 2019 30 min

On the seventh anniversary of Jonathan Frid's death, his production staff and creative collaborators reunite in New York City.

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Ella Minnope talks about how the romantic aesthetic of the deep South compares to the dysfunctional Collins family.

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August 17, 2019 8 min

Dana Gould discusses the Kennedys, the real-life family that could give the Collinses runs for their money in The Suffering Olympics.

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Jonathan Frid is on the cover of "Barnabas Collins," the 1968 Dark Shadows novel by Marilyn Ross, but he's otherwise absent from the book. You might even argue that Barnabas Collins, at least the character you might know from the television show, is also absent from the tale. A vampire bearing that name makes his way through the course of the story but, unguided by Frid's peculiar wounded menace and a staff of...

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April 24, 2019 132 min

In this episode:

Evolving in the Shadows with Ella Minnope

Ella Minnope talks about how the romantic aesthetic of the deep South compares to the dysfunctional Collins family.

Night Rally with Dana Gould

Dana Gould discusses the Kennedys, the real-life family that could give the Collinses runs for their money in The Suffering Olympics.

The Dark Shadows Daybook with Patrick McCray

Patrick McCray and Justin Partridge have a drink at T...

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In June 2016, David Darlington, co-producer of Big Finish Production's Dark Shadows ranges, and I flew to New York to attend the Tarrytown celebrations for Dark Shadows' 50th Anniversary.

When the fans visited the Big Finish tables, they all had requests for what they'd like to hear from the range... "Something with Julia", "More Tony and Cassandra", "Quentin and Laura in Eygpt", "More Tony ...

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September 10, 2016 60 min

On her visit to the UK last month, I caught up with Daisy Tormé, star of Bloodlust and Blood & Fire.

A life - long friend of Kathryn Leigh Scott, Daisy talks of how Kathryn brought her into the Dark Shadows world to be Bloodlust's Melody Devereux, a Victoria Winters for the 1980s. And she tells me how she approached taking on the established role of Abigail Collins in Big Finish Productions' 50th Anniversary Special Bl...

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February 4, 2016 69 min

Join Robert Dick as he interviews Big Finish producers David Darlington and Joseph Lidster and writer Rob Morris. They look back at the BBC Audio Award short-listed BLOODLUST and the 2015 season of Dramatic Readings, and also look forward to the 50th Anniversary audio releases. Davy and Joe reveal the title of the standalone special as well as dropping a few details and teases regarding that and BLOODLINE.

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October 30, 2015 42 min

It's HALLOWEEN!


This night at the Collinsport Historical Society HQ might prove to be the most terrifying yet, for this is the night that the living will try to contact the dead. Specters will knock on doors and ring bells, extorting sugary gifts from the residents inside. This ritual might seem harmless enough to strangers, but I promise you: the tricks are very dangerous. If they visit and find your pantry barren of candy, v...

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This week, DARK SHADOWS fans all over the world finally got to hear the latest audio drama from Big Finish, AND RED ALL OVER. And it’s a milestone by anyone’s definition: not only is it the company’s 50th DARK SHADOWS release, it also marks the return of original cast member Mitchell Ryan. Ryan played antihero Burke Devlin during the first year of the show, exiting during the summer of 1967.

 

Joining us is Cody Schell, the author ...

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October 1, 2015 52 min

Brooke Perrin and Patrick McCray discuss the shooting script for Tim Burton's 2012 feature, DARK SHADOWS.

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February 13, 2015 84 min

This is an interview that's been long in the planning stages. Since last summer, actor/writer Matthew Waterhouse has been willing to join us here at The Collinsport Historical Society podcast ... and then a baby shaped monkey wrench was thrown into the works. While I was looking forward to lording my interview with the one-time Adric from DOCTOR WHO, my schedule just hasn't been able to accommodate the podcast in recent mo...

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