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Kathryn Leigh Scott , Jim Pierson , Jonathan Frid

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Press (April 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938817663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938817666
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 19.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathryn Leigh Scott starred as Maggie Evans and Josette DuPres, the doomed fiancee of vampire Barnabas Collins, in the original series ofDark Shadows, and starred in the 1971 MGM film,House of Dark Shadows. She also appears in a cameo role in the new Warner Bros. film,Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collis, directed by Tim Burton. She is the author of several books about the series, includingDark Shadows Memories.

Jim Pierson is an author and producer/director of many PBS documentaries. He is also official consultant on the Warner Bros. film,Dark Shadows, and the longtime archivist and literary executor of the Dan Curtis estate, producing compilations and releases of Dan Curtis productions. He is the author ofDark Shadows Resurrected.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth is....we never left it.... March 20 2012
By J. Earles - Published on Amazon.com
For those of us who were first mesmerized and charmed by the original "Dark Shadows" on ABC Television back in the late 1960's, this new book by Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans/Josette) and Jim Pierson, who now deals with the property on the legal side, is a continuation of that fascination. DARK SHADOWS RETURN TO COLLINWOOD is a wonderful companion to Ms. Scott's long out of print book MY SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES OF DARK SHADOWS.

The beginning of the book is a profusely illustrated DARK SHADOWS timeline that is as fascinating as it is informative.

First things first, for those who are searching here because they are anticipating the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version of DARK SHADOWS that will be released in about six weeks (as I write in March, 2012), the book opens with a chapter by Pierson titled "Dark Shadows Reincarnated." This well written chapter sets the scene for what follows. Scott's experiences filming her cameo appearance in that movie, "Journey Back to Collinwood." Three other original cast members were along as well. It is a well written and intriguing narrative about just how such a thing came about - and was carried out. The other cast members include Lara Parker (Angelique), David Selby (Quentin Collins), and the master vampire of them all Jonathan Frid (Barnabas) - who also provided the Forward for the book.

I personally am glad that I read this part of the book before I saw the recent onslaught of previews and promos for the new movie. Scott's writing gave me some hope that the film was going to be an interesting take on my favorite story. After seeing those promos, I can only say Burton has made the material over in his own ridiculous way. I certainly do not feel that DARK SHADOWS is a great piece of literature that shouldn't be rethought by a talented director or star. But I am convinced that it should not be used as a springboard for a cartoon-like distortion of its original intent.

Now - about the book....

In the chapter titled "Backstage Memories of Dark Shadows", the beautiful writer gives us a bird's eye view of DARK SHADOWS. Some of Scott's remembrances were written about in more detail in SCRAPBOOK - but even those she retells are presented with a freshness that makes them new. She doesn't belabor points or rehash tales told out of school by others. She also treads on new territory when writing about the filming of HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS. What did Joan Bennett say to the plumber? Buy the book to find out.

Reading Scott's memories of how things were during her 4-year run on the original television show is....well...the next best thing to being there. Anyone working on television at the time will recognize the anxiety and angst that lived in the DARK SHADOWS studio (now the home of The Wendy Williams Show). It's funny and maddening all at the same time - and on tape for the world to see, even all of these decades later.

Lara Parker writes in a chapter titled "Angelique Looks Back". The still lovely actress gives us her take on her time at Collinwood, and it's fun to look back with her, too.

The book closes with sections by Pierson on the 1991 NBC reboot and the never completed or aired WB Network version of DARK SHADOWS. Complete with photos and cast lists for both of these projects. I found these chapters very informative about both the series themselves, and explaining just how the television business works. (Pierson writes about the Si Fi channel, now the SyFy channel, but as far as I know, it was the SciFi Channel).

And then there are the photos - from the set of Burton's film to the WB never aired pilot - here are images you have never seen. But once seen, some will become your favorites. The color reproduction of the images is photo quality OR better. The book is more than worth its price for the photographs alone. They are too numerous to be recounted here, but please know that the book is crammed from the first page with pictures that inform and illuminate DARK SHADOWS and all of those you remember.

Finally let me say - Helena Bonham-Carter notwithstanding - DARK SHADOWS was not a silly soap opera full of bad acting and shoddy production values. It was the STORY that was being told, and the superb actors, writers, and directors telling that story that made the show a classic. DARK SHADOWS is not remembered today because of mistakes the actors made or lackluster special effects - it is remembered and will continue to be remembered because those actors told a fantastic and human story that made its viewers believe in what they were seeing. There will never be another DARK SHADOWS with the power of the original because there was nothing like it when it first appeared, and there has been nothing like it since. We believed in what we saw because everyone involved was a professional doing a damned fine job.

Thanks to Kathryn Leigh Scott, Jim Pierson, Lara Parker, and Jonathan Frid - I will return to Collinwood anytime, if you will be my guides.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sink your teeth into this March 19 2012
By Heide - Published on Amazon.com
Want to know what it's like behind the scenes of a closed set on a movie being shot at Pinewood directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer? You won't get closer to the world of 'Dark Shadows' than sinking your teeth into Kathryn Leigh Scott's behind-the-scenes book 'Dark Shadows - Return to Collinwood'.

Kathryn, who played vampire bride Josette de Pres in the original tv series, has teamed up with Jim Pierson to write this intimate, enlightening, humorous and touching account of the making of this much-loved cult show. Better still, Kathryn and other series regulars including Jonathan Frid, David Selby and Lara Parker were invited by Messrs Burton and Depp to appear in the new movie 'Dark Shadows' in cameo roles.

This is their loving account of an extraordinary experience with rare photographs from the 1960s and 1970s, to the 1990s tv revamp, coming full circle with the original cast standing alongside the new team: Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Lee Miller et al.

It's a feast.

Can't wait for the movie.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly A Return To Collinwood March 20 2012
By Keith - Published on Amazon.com
What a fun and enjoyable read. There is a nice and short forward written by Jonathan Frid, who played Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows, a character who became pivotal very quickly in the series. Also, an interesting timeline of events in the history of Dark Shadows from conception to the present day movie release of "Dark Shadows" starring Johnny Depp and produced by Tim Burton.

Kathryn devotes her first chapter detailing how four cast members, Jonathan Frid (Barnabas), Kathryn Lee Scott (Maggie Evans), David Selby (Quentin) and Lara Parker (Angelqiue) were invited to participate in the new movie by making cameo appearances. The way Kathryn wrote, I could really feel a comradeship between them that will always be there. I really felt like a fly on the wall when I read that chapter, and there were plenty of photos to accommodate the read. After reading that chapter, I'm now looking forward to the new Dark Shadows movie, Kathryn has a way, through words, to share her hopes for the success of the film, and that in itself has swayed me, thank you, Kathryn.

The rest of the book is very informative, and at times almost like having a private audience with the author. The additional new photos, many of which I've never seen before, and that says a lot, because I've been a fan since 1967.

I was very impressed with the good layout, design and typography of the book, it's well thought out, nicely done. It definitely wasn't hurried.

I highly recommend this book, if you are unfamiliar with Dark Shadows, you won't be afterwards.

Congratulations Kathryn on a book well done.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite 'Dark Shadows' book so far March 20 2012
By Michael OSullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Miss Scott has done it again. What a beautiful book. It gives a lovely insight about her time spent on set recently for the new movie and of course great stories from the past too. A must have for any 'Dark Shadows' fan.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much new here July 30 2012
By joe - Published on Amazon.com
There are some new photos and a couple of chapters (about the filming of the new Dark Shadows movie and the aborted 2004 pilot) but the vast majority of this book seems to be comprised of material that's been published before. If you've bought previous Pomegranite Press books about Dark Shadows, you've read a lot of this in the past. A full 45-pages seems directly lifted from "Scrapbook Memories of Dark Shadows." Other huge sections are virtual reprints from books about the 1991 series and the making of the theatrical films. It's a huge cut-and-paste job published to cash in on the hoopla surrounding the Depp film and not much more. What a disappintment.

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