Terror at Collinwood Episode 76: John Logan, Celebrated Playwright & Screenwriter, Talks Dark Shadows, Monsters, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, and more!
Award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Logan created the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and has written numerous plays, including Red, Never the Sinner, and Peter and Alice. In addition, the prolific Mr. Logan has written screenplays for major motion pictures such as The Aviator, Hugo, Gladiator, Sweeney Todd, and many others. John also happens to be a passionate Dark Shadows fan! He visits the podcast to talk Dark Shadows, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, Universal Monsters, classic horror, DS collectibles, and much more! In the process, John discusses the impact DS has made on the terror and speculative fiction genre and how it inspires his own work as a creator. This is one episode you will not want to miss! Bonus question for you at the end: So, you want to live in Collinwood?
1 hr 33 min
Terror at Collinwood Episode 75: The Dreamers - The Novel that Inspired the Dream Curse with Amanda Desiree and Steve Shutt
The Dream Curse storyline in Dark Shadows was inspired by an obscure 1957 horror novel called The Dreamers, written by Roger Manvell. Although this was revealed by writer Ron Sproat at the first DS Festival, many remain unaware of the book and its influence on the Dream Curse plot. Returning to the podcast are Amanda Desiree and Stephen R. Shutt, who are both writers and longtime fans of Dark Shadows and all things spooky. We spend the first half of this episode examining The Dreamers, comparing and contrasting the novel to the plot line in the show. In the second half of the episode, we have some fun interpreting the symbolism of the DS Dream Curse as we try to determine the greatest fear of each dreamer. Download or listen to the AUDIO version of this episode below. Watch the VIDEO version of this episode on YouTube. Subscribe to Terror at Collinwood at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, IHeartRadio, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please consider donating to Terror at Collinwood over at Buy Me a Coffin…I mean Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/terroratcollinwood Amanda’s novel ‘In the Shadow of the Skull’ on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Skull-Amanda-Desiree-ebook/dp/B0CQBVBV1J/ref=sr_1_1?crid=BSZC7SZ05UG6&keywords=in+the+shadow+of+the+skull&qid=1704495008&sprefix=In+the+shadow+of+the+sk%2Caps%2C105&sr=8-1 ‘The Dreamers’ on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dreamers-Roger-Manvell/dp/B000PC47MA DS Fanzines GoogleDrive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sqBj59RJIGHKWpK1-ZnyvujBi3BDNSVd
1 hr 13 min
Dark Shadows certainly boasted a memorable and iconic roster of main characters, but there were also a plethora of outstanding supporting and minor characters in the series. These characters, and the actors who played them, brought something special to the show. In this episode of Terror at Collinwood, longtime fan Nick Caputo visits to discuss these noteworthy short-term characters. Nick is a writer, blogger, and Steve Ditko expert who brings his vast comics knowledge to the table during the discussion. Other topics include: Nick’s DS memories, collecting the bubblegum cards, buying comics, Steve Ditko, Roy Thomas, the DS and comics connection, DS Festivals, and more! If you enjoy the podcast, please consider donating at Terror at Collinwood’s Buy Me a Coffee (Coffin) page: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/terroratcollinwood Nick Caputo blog site Marvel Mysteries and Comics Minutiae: https://nick-caputo.blogspot.com Nick’s article about Jonathan Frid and DS: https://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2012/04/jonathan-frid-1924-2012.html Johnny D & the Moonlighters on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61552762765082
1 hr 10 min
'Collinsport After Dark' is a new Youtube-based podcast hosted by theater technician, actor, educator, and longtime 'Dark Shadows' fan, Alan Gallant. Originally from Bangor, Maine, Alan talks about his childhood memories of DS, theatrical inspirations, and discusses the research that has gone into the subjects featured on Collinsport After Dark. Topics discussed in this episode include: how Alan researched gum card photos and music cues, a chat about various props used in the series, teen magazines, Alan’s favorite characters and storylines, and more. This episode starts with some words in honor of Marcy Robin, editor/publisher of ‘Shadowgram’, who passed away on December 22, 2023. The show concludes with information about many Dark Shadows and classic horror podcasts.
Dec 30, 2023
1 hr 12 min
On December 16th, 1968, David Selby made his first appearance as Quentin Collins on ‘Dark Shadows’. The character soon became a major sensation and pop culture icon, catapulting the hit show to even greater ratings heights as viewers witnessed Quentin’s intriguing backstory. To help commemorate his legendary character’s 55th anniversary, David Selby visits the podcast for this special holiday season episode. Discussion topics include: Christmas plans, Ansel Faraj’s ‘The Great Nick D’ and ‘Todd Tarantula’, getting cast as Quentin, Dan Curtis, sideburns and Vincent Loscalzo, memories of fellow DS actors, Earl Hamner and ‘The Waltons’, ‘Night of Dark Shadows’ restoration, writing a new novel, coming back for ‘Dark Shadows: Reincarnation’, and some words about the late, great Lara Parker. Please join us for this festive yuletide celebration of Quentin's 55th anniversary!
Dec 16, 2023
In the spirit of Dale Clark’s “Dark Shadows Book of Questions and Answers” series comes the first installment of Terror at Collinwood’s Dark Shadows PODCAST of Questions and Answers! In this episode, the following questions are addressed: How can it be that Josette’s maiden name was originally Lafreniere, and that she was said to have died in 1834, when we know this was not the case? Who was Abner Collins? How did Quentin end up sealed in his room in the unaltered version of 1897? How could Dr. Lang know about Dave Woodard? Is Barnabas a hero or a villain? Are the Leviathans aliens? Why was Amy called Molly at first? Listen, as Penny Dreadful unleashes a frenzied torrent of in-universe explanations, with references to everything from H.P. Lovecraft, to Marvel's Punisher, to the plays of William Shakespeare, and more! Help support the podcast at BuyMeaCoffee.com: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/terroratcollinwood Mad Monster Expo website: https://madmonster.com/atl23/ MonstahMag Magazine website: https://monstahmag.com JR’s Spooky Shack website: https://www.jrsspookyshack.com Surfing the Shadows surf DS theme perfromed by Johnny D & the Moonlighters: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/johnny-d-the-moonlighters/1187748534 TaC Logos by Eric Marshall TaC narration and ending music by Rebecca Paiva
Nov 18, 2023
What better way to celebrate Halloween than with Rondo Award and Pulp Factory Award-winning artist, Mark Maddox? The talented artist behind the much-loved official Dark Shadows lunchbox drops in to talk about Dark Shadows, Universal monsters, Hammer horror, silent German horror and sci-fi films, and much more! Mark has created beautiful covers for Screem Magazine, Little Shoppe of Horrors, Video Watchdog, and several other publications. In addition, Mark’s glorious Hammer horror artwork graces many Scream Factory Blu-Ray covers. Listen to Mark describe his eerie origins as an artist as he talks about his passion for horror, science fiction, and fantasy. This passion includes Dark Shadows, of course! Mark shares his childhood memories of the show and offers some great insights into his DS artwork. A multitude of fun and monstrous topics are discussed in this special Halloween episode! NOTE: The YouTube version of this show includes loads of pictures featuring Mark’s fang-tastic artwork!
Oct 31, 2023
1 hr 25 min
The episode opens with the sad news of Lara Parker’s passing. Note: The interview with Stuart took place the week before. Please read my post 'Goodbye, Lara Parker' at the 'Terror at Collinwood' blog — Stuart Manning returns to Terror at Collinwood to discuss the upcoming issue 2 of Daytime Gothic, a charity print fanzine devoted to Dark Shadows. Stuart is still accepting submissions for the new issue, so be sure to listen for details on how to send in your proposals. Other topics include: a chat about issue one and some of its contents, cast and crew involvement in the 'zine, the "Emergency Episode" of DS, and more. Stuart also offers some tantalizing hints about what to expect in issue two!
Oct 20, 2023
Writer, blogger, and podcaster Danny Horn visits Terror at Collinwood for a fun discussion about Dark Shadows, superheroes, and more! From 2013 to 2021, Danny undertook the Herculean task of examining Dark Shadows episode by episode, starting with the release of Barnabas, via his popular Dark Shadows Every Day blog. The blog also took side-trips into real-life events surrounding the show, looked at licensed media such as comics, novels, and audio dramas as well as the various DS remakes and reboots. Currently, Danny hosts the Superheroes Every Day podcast and maintains a corresponding blog through which he explores superhero films. Topics of discussion in this episode include: Superheroes Every Day, how Danny got into Dark Shadows, Muppets, Doctor Who, Dark Shadows Every Day, villains as main characters, fandom and ‘zines, watching DS in syndication during the 80’s, the Kaiju, serialized storytelling and genre TV as soap opera, Mark B. Perry's Dark Shadows Reincarnation, Muppets/DS crossover (?!), and much more! Terror at Collinwood at Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/terroratcollinwood Dark Shadows Every Day Blog website: https://darkshadowseveryday.com Superheroes Every Day Podcast website: https://superheroeseveryday.com Superheroes Every Day Blog entries: https://superheroeseveryday.com/chapters/
Oct 7, 2023
1 hr 23 min
The Dark Shadows Daybook Unbound is now available for download as an audiobook. Reader Mary D. Johnson joins Rondo Award-winning writer Patrick McCray in this episode to discuss what it’s like experiencing Dark Shadows for the first time in such a unique way. Assorted Daybook selections from the audiobook, as read by Mary, are included in the episode. Other topics include: themes in Dark Shadows, Roger Davis, why it makes sense that Vicki doesn't understand, how fans of DS are sometimes perceived by fans of other franchises, and more.
Sep 26, 2023
1 hr 38 min