Wednesday, April 20, 2011


The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters
The Official Dark Shadows News Updates – posted via The ShadowGram Yahoo Group
Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" News Updates
An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM
Number 236.            April 7, 2011
Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,
ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS),
announces the following breaking news in this Online DS News Update "bulletin."

Chris (Jeb, Cyrus John, Sebastian, Gabriel) wants fans to know he is participating in another staged reading of SHADES.
Recent SG Updates and the new Double SG #119-#120 print newsletter detailed the Nov. and Dec. presentations of this award-winning play about the impact of war and its effects on its participants and those who greet them when they come home.
Publicity: “There will be a Q&A afterwards with the director, playwright, and cast.
TIME: Sunday, April 17, at 2 PM
PLACE: Arthur Newman Theatre at the Joslyn Center, 73-750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert, Ca. 92260. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15. Students $10. Active Military: Free.
It is hoped  that SHADES can be mounted into “a full Equity production..“

Big Finish Productions’ 2010 DS audiodrama “The Night Whispers” won a “Best Soundtrack or Horror CD” Rondo Award.
SG Online Update # 235 described the audiodrama CD that debuted at the 2010 DS Fest in Burbank, CA, in July. It is the first time in 40+ years that Jonathan Frid has portrayed his iconic “Barnabas Collins” character. John Karlen reprised his “Willie Loomis” character and Barbara Steele (1991 DS Julia, Natalie) co-starred
In announcing the win, the website said: “Dark Shadows: The Night Whispers, an audio recreation of classic episodes featuring Jonathan Frid was named Best Horror CD.” The site noted: “This year's e-mail vote, conducted by the Classic Horror Film Board, a 16-year old online community, drew more than 2,900 votes as fans chose among 30 categories.” Citing Category 22: “BEST CD – DARK SHADOWS: The Night Whispers (Big Finish Productions); Jonathan Frid returns.”  The CD cover is pictured.
“The Night Whispers” is available from the DS Festival:
Big Finish Productions website

A new press release from Big Finish Productions (BFP) describes “an epic new miniseries” on CD in “radio drama format.” It brings together actors from all DS incarnations: 8 from the original daytime series; Lysette Anthony of the 1991 primetime series; and Alec Newman from the unsold 2004 pilot for the WB Network. A total of 17 people re-create and create established and new characters as Collinsport is threatened by “a.mysterious supernatural character with a deadly agenda.”
The CD set is available from the DS Festival or by download from

SG’s chronicled the new DS Action Figures – Series 1 from Spectre Toys. All 3 can be ordered from the Entertainment Earth website:
Publicity: “A Gothic soap opera that originally aired from 1966 to 1971, Dark Shadows featured many storylines that were at the time unprecedented in daytime television-- ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, time travel, and parallel universes... to name a few! Now you can celebrate the classic supernatural series with these incredibly detailed, 8-inch tall action figures!”
A 2-figure set features “Barnabas Collins & Angelique Bouchard.” Each also can be purchased indiviudally. A separate single figure is the  DS “Werewolf.”

The latest print issue of the Official DS Newsletter is available now via postal-mail. As always, this Double SG #119-#120 is packed full of DS news, photographs, and more.
Key highlights were cited in SG Online Update #234 (Feb. 28, 2011).
The issue features specific confirmed information about the new DS movie starring Johnny Depp as “Barnabas” and directed by Tim Burton, both lifelong DS fans. The top-secret script by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith “expects to introduce new elements not seen in previous tellings of DS,” while “infusing the the unique style and personality” of Depp and Burton.”
SG #119-#120 individual sections have exclusive and unique photographs, detailed media article excerpts and information relating to DS in the media, the the DS cast/crew’s projects and careers, and more. Also included are messages to the fans from some DS personnel and a new adult photo of DAVID HENESY (David, Daniel, Jamison, Tad). You will find much advance information about our 2011 DS Festival convention-DS’ 45th Anniversary Celebration in Brooklyn, NY, on Aug. 19-21, including the membership and Banquet ticket perices. There’s also extensive commentary/photos from our 2010 Festival Convention in Burbank, CA.
Also: New DS merchandise due this year, including Barnabas’ apparel and accessories; accurate re-creations of original DS model kits; books; and more. There’s also a candid, intricate  personal history and update about TV’s “Collinwood” – Seaview Terrace in Newport, Rhode Island – written exclusively for SG #119-#120 by Denise Carey, daughter of the owners.
Subscription information for the ShadowGram Newsletter print issues:
--- US & Canadian First Class subscriptions: $12.00 for 4 issues, $24.00 for 8 issues.
---Overseas Air Mail subscriptions: US $20.00 for 4 issues, US $40.00 for 8 issues.
Please send your SG print issue subscription / renewal payment (check/money order) made payable to:
Marcy Robin
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
Subscription/renewal payments can be made via Paypal to:
--- When your order arrives, I will mail you the Double SG #119-#120 to begin / renew your subscription. Subsequent issues will be sent to you and all postal-mail subscribers as they are published. Future published SGs and the SG Official Online DS News Updates via the SG YahooGroup will report all the latest definite DS-related news.
Each full SG postal-mail newsletter expands and explains these brief email Update posts with details, photos, and more.

Recent SG Online Updates and the new SG #119-#120 premiere-announced confirmed news for the annual DS convention.
August 19, 20 & 21, 2011
New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-246-7000
We will welcome over a dozen DS cast/crew guests and offer a full weekend of programming:
GUESTS: Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Jerry Lacy, Kathleen Cody, Marie Wallace, Sharon Smyth, Donna Wandrey, Robert Cobert.
Programming highlights throughout the weekend: Guest onstage talks, audience Q&A sessions, and live presentations; free guest autographs and photo opportunities; rare video screenings; huge Marketplace Vendor/Dealer area with countless items for sale; discussion of DS’ history, current events, and future plans; charity auction with DS and other rare items; fan-generated onstage Costume/Presentation Gala for the fun of sharing; displays; and more.
General daily hours: FRI. 8-19: Registration opens approx. 4pm. Fest programming runs 6pm-approx. midnight. SAT. 8-20: Registration opens approx.10am and programming runs 11am-approx. midnight. SUN. 8-21 Registration opens approx.10am and programming runs 11am-approx. 6pm. Closing Banquet (separate non-refundable reservations required) starts around 7-8:00pm and ends the Fest around 10-11pm..
The hotel has sleeping rooms available at a special discount Fest rate . Fans are urged to make their reservations as soon as possible, as the number of these rooms are limited. You must call the hotel directly and mention the “Dark Shadows Festival” to receive the discount rate: Call 1-800-266-9432.
The closest major international airports to the hotel are JFK and La Guardia and the Newark, NJ Airport. All 3 are easily accessible by taxicab, car service, rental car, and local train and bus.
Fans now are encouraged to send a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) to the Fest address below in order to receive the general-information mass mailing that is sent to everyone on the Fest postal-mail list.
However, please note; fans are asked to NOT send in any Fest payments now, as they will be held, unopened, until the Fest sends out its official mass postal-mailing. Once you receive the mailing, you then should send your actual payments.
The Fest can not accept PayPal or credit cards. All payments MUST be accompanied by the official Fest registration form (sent in the mailing and to be posted later on the Fest website).

Send your SASE now to:
Dark Shadows Festival
P.O. Box 92
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Upcoming SG Online Updates via the ShadowGram YahooGroup will continue to premiere-announce more information regarding the Fest. Details also will be in upcoming ShadowGram Official DS Newsletter print issues sent to current postal-mail subscribers. ((SG print issue subscription information was included earlier in this Update and repeats later in this Update as well.))

--- Fans attending the Fest are invited to please share their reports and photos with SG so those who cannot be there can enjoy the occasion through your experience. Please send all materials to SG's e- or postal- mail addresses below.

--- SG also asks all fans to please share DS-related media mentions that you find at any time. These can be about the DS personnel and their projects, the new movie, the Fest, merchandise, etc These items can come online, in print, or on the air; be international, national, or local; general or detailed; accurate or incorrect in content. Please identify the complete source and send all materials to the SG addresses below.

Please include your full name so I can list you as a Contributor in the published SGs. You also may receive a complementary Contributor's Copy for major donations of information, funds, postage stamps, supplies, photos, publicity, assistance, etc. Thank you in advance for sharing.
This Update is posted to the ShadowGram YahooGroup and is dispersed by interested people  to various lists, boards, websites, groups, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LiveJournal, in personal emails and other online/print communications. Please include SG's complete address and subscription information in your sharing.
You can join the actual SG YahooGroup easily at no cost:
Membership in the group is free and you do not need to be a SG postal-mail subscriber to join.
You can read past SG Online Updates once you're a member of the group by clicking on the "Messages" tab.
If you'd like more information on how to become a SG YahooGroup member, or to get an invitation to join the group, please e-mail Marcy Robin at
Thank you.
Marcy Robin
ShadowGram Editor / Publisher
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
YahooGroup e-mail:
Official ShadowGram Website:
SHADOWGRAM (SG) is the *Official* "Dark Shadows" Newsletter. Much of its news is directly provided by the show's personnel and those involved in the 1966-71 TV series,
1991 TV series, and 2004 WB pilot. Established almost 32 years ago in April, 1979, SG
works directly with individuals, companies, and others involved in DS' creation,
distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc.
SG print issues are published throughout the year. Free time-sensitive complementary bonus breaking-news published updates can be sent as needed at any time to all current paid postal-mail subscribers.
Brief Update bulletins are posted through the ShadowGram Online "Dark Shadows" News Updates Yahoo Group.
NOTE: The e-mail Updates are * NOT * the actual Official DS Newsletter. The Official DS Newsletters are the published SG print issues that expand and explain each short Online Update post. The postal-mail edition is available by paid subscription and provides specific detailed information, exclusive/rare photos, media coverage, and much more than these brief Updates.

SG postal-mail print issues are immediately available. The current published newsletter is sent to you immediately to begin your subscription / renewal.
--- US & Canadian First Class subscriptions: $12.00 for 4 issues, $24.00 for 8 issues.
---Overseas Air Mail subscriptions: US $20.00 for 4 issues, US $40.00 for 8 issues.
Please send your print issue subscription / renewal payment (check/money order) made payable to:
Marcy Robin
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
Subscription/renewal payments can be made via Paypal to:
For more information on the newsletter, please write with a SASE (Self-Addressed
Stamped Envelope) to the above postal-address or e-mail:
Thank you.

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