The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows podcast
The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows podcast
Daryl Wor
A show of darkness with a lot of heart, plenty of chuckles made both of metaphors and bad puns. As Dark Shadows lifted story lines from a zillion old books of the Gothic variety, what would it be like if they shared time with the current classics? And what if these newer characters could help them lift all the curses? (Contains intros delving into the writing process as well as information and commentary about the various programs and key players.) Essentially a condensed Re-write from a particular point, to tie up loose ends and pair up everyone. Positive feedback, including laughter, can be sent to xoiscythe (at) (Send a message for the info to which episodes apply to the different characters if you only want those specific bits. It has gotten rather wildly Multi-fandom. Just leave a comment to the email address listed asking for which you'd like.) So far the fandoms are: Dark Shadows, The Kids in The Hall, Clue (Wadsworth), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Addams Family, Bewitched, The Munsters, Psycho, and cameos with Slimer, Norman Bates, Dr. "Hawkeye" Pierce, and hopefully in the future a large role with Doctor Who. 
Episode 93: May 2023: Episode 16 Retrospective
Introduction to me and the podcast, what it was originally created to present. (This will likely sound even more calm than my first six episode intros.) Some of the pitfalls and touching on the anti-fans as well as an invitation to turn this show off if you don’t enjoy it. ^_^Recognizing how freedom and choice were removed in recent years thanks to surveillance and persuasive technology. This takes a very, very long time to learn about and how it alters people. Why “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows” radio drama is *not* a binge-able show. Good to discover and important to keep in mind! Chat about Barnabas and Josette: seeing the Jean and Lionel  connection, yes, but more Doctor Who fun in establishing which of the two, Barnabas or Josette, is closer to a Timelord. Josette is the answer, of course!When I mention Josette being dismissed in DS as similar to Obi-Wan Kenobi being dismissed in Star Wars, you may want to say, “But, I’ve never heard anyone dismiss Obi-Wan Kenobi!” Exactly. Neither have I. So why do fans dismiss Josette duPres as an unimportant Dark Shadows character?  It makes no sense.How we work with Josette duPres as a resolved character based on original Dark Shadows and other DS productions with her character. Moving on to the retrospective in The Pit, Ep. 16 “A Death In The Family”. Scenes, comments and reviewing the narrative content. The stress of working with BJ’s character with a segue into the goofy stuff posted on FB and the hilarity of posting bogus information in the disbelief anyone would “buy” it. Lots of fun pen pal chat I discuss in this one via various people over the years with this episode and more recent fun. Hopes for good fortune in our future, and all of us finding more and more wellness in the coming year. Lots of love, y’all. Take care! 
May 2
1 hr
Episode 92: 2023 February – Second Season, Pseudo-Retrospective
What my show is about, etceteras. Addressing the unfortunate topic of Anti-Fans…How my show is very different to the soap-opera it is based on, accordingly to what we all need to do to heal: CHANGE THE DESIGN. It’s not to decimate “villains”, it’s to alter the DESIGN of everything! :)Persuasive tech works easier on fans of soap operas due to the continuation-with-no-resolution. It is, sadly like, shooting fish in a barrel :(Going through my Dreamwidth journal and the focusing tips show…Discussing the non-canon stuff, factions and so forth and why on EARTH, etceteras. (Professional Wrestling comparisons.) Overall the main point is having FUN with the narrative rather than waging silly “wars” that amount to nothing but wasting more time. (Outside the time we INTENDED to waste.) For anyone who wants to argue that canon or non-canon is a “matter of perspective”? OH, SHUT UP! I don’t want to HEAR that “argument” anymore. You fooled TONS of DS fans with that nonsense for decades, but you AIN’T gonna fool THE REST OF US! :P (We don’t CARE who “should” love who, we just care about who DOES love WHO… DUH!)Then we go through the second season of Pit episodes in brief. Take care.
Feb 17
46 min
Episode 91: Episode 23: Trip My Wire
Milligan and Hecubus appear to discourse their usual updates and introduction.Amy and David enter the Collinwood breakfast room in which David’s father, Roger, responds to their questions very distractedly. Mrs. Johnson has more to serve along with some sage words.Prior to her governess role, Maggie stops at home in the Evans Cottage to inquire for help from Captain Gregg via her father, Sam.Cousin Lily tests a theory with her cousin, Elizabeth Stoddard, on the RMS Queen Elizabeth, in which they play “Kings In The Corner” with the ghost of Bill Malloy. Much repartee ensues.As Sam continues painting his still-life, Maggie enters relaying one personal problem and the two continue to request Captain Gregg in order to discover what he’s observed. Captain Gregg is well informed, if a little agitated, leaving Maggie in want of warning Roger Collins about an upcoming danger to his person.Wadsworth interrupts the thankful Willie as he is calligraphically scripting pangrams. Between shared updates, Wadsworth manages to proffer old assurances they’d agreed upon, including the trousers replacement he promised Willie Loomis. Since Wadsworth has recently visited Wyndcliff with Barnabas, he has further information about Nurse Jackson to bestow, which catches Willie’s interest further.After Milligan and Hecubus cascade the endless soap operas of the 1960’s, Maggie goes to warn Roger Collins about his upcoming doom, to which Roger manages to be very accommodating about. Onward and upward at Professor Stokes house, we meet with said Professor Stokes and Dr. Hoffman, after their night at Collinwood, and reliving their past lives to the best of their abilities. When impatience arrives due to continual changes, our collegiate couple decides it is time to consult a medium.  Suggestions of romance occur. (The doctor agrees to remain the night if the professor contacts Madam Findley.) Arrangements are made, including Julia staying the night within Elliot’s abode. Roger receives the delirious pointers to his own demise upon the stairwell and takes a trusty pistol toward this endeavour, only to decide on an old fashioned method of sliding down the stairs to accompany his decision. As he trundles forward, Maggie wonders if he is dead and Roger reassures her that he is fine and she plays it up.  (Much fuss continues from there…)
Jan 8
41 min
Episode 90: September 2022  Rebuilding Attention (Focusing Tips)
Introduction to what my show is about.The difference between “The News” and “Hype”Solving problems could be much faster after all of that.Tools:Turning off all distractions.Relaxation comes next…  (Suggestion of a free noise-canceling album.)Little Kids or Children’s books/stories. (I kid you not.)Daydreaming Words: day-dreaming the word you’re listening to.Going up the ladder: Working from shorter to longer: Simple versions to longer versions. Take pieces of something longer step-by-step. How I work through it as well.I hope this helps.Love,Daryl“Gift to Simple” at the end performed by: Barbara Gallagher. Thank you, m’dear! <3
Sep 2, 2022
29 min
Episode 89: June 2022 Josette DuPres - Madam
On the off-chance this is the most important character in the World...So here we are encountering Dark Shadows fans who felt ostracized for, um, knowing all the trivia? Yep! HOW BIZARRE! If you understand who Josette duPres IS? No, you aren’t “all-alone”. It means: You are a fan. (duh) “NO ONE is gonna ‘come and get-ya’... it’s fricken TEEVEE!”Insisting on Julia/Barnabas in “Dark Shadows” is AS absurd as insisting on Jo/Laurie in “Little Women”. Little Women novels? DRY AS A BONE! Jungian Shadow comparisons... Dissecting Dark Shadows to establish new episodes in “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows”. (Joel Crothers screams a lot...)  Discussion as to my “Madam” collage. Fun stuff with Madam Findley...Explaining various actresses performing Josette: Kathryn Leigh Scott, random people, Mary Cooper, Joanna Going, Marley Shelton, and Bella Heathcote. Reincarnated characters: Was Princess Serenity identical to Serena (Usagi)? No. Going through other reincarnation stories to get Josette duPres correct. Also going through what humour works as well, which makes accuracy important. How humour is also important in accuracy. How fanfiction would, obviously, be hit first compared to current affairs and regular fiction. (Chain breaks at the weakest link.)Gratitude for Josette/Barnabas fans and why... And why I hope you’ve been viewing “As Time Goes By” in relation to Barnabas and Josette’s reincarnation...  Getting tired of Barnabas Collins:: Hand-Staple-Forehead...  And now? I get to sit back and look: THAT’S a happy man, FINALLY! How Sam as Andre has befriended Capt. Gregg: They were both ghosts at the time. Then in “The Pit” attempts to offer certain power-learning to Maggie (as Josette) and she decides as we go along. ^_^A little something for people wanting to comment on “The Pit..”  and how to do it...My email address, please get in touch: xoiscythe [AT] hotmail [dot] com
Jun 7, 2022
47 min
Episode 88: 2022 April Update Show
Just some whatever crap updating you of what we're working on with Madam Findley = Andrea Martin... things like that, and Darrin Stephens being influenced by Roger Collins on the order of "In order to cope, you just crack jokes, like I do!" And various other things about the various things to make sense of things.And "The Exponential Growth of Laura Collins". That was feckin' FUNNY, people! What the heck, really? DIANA MILLAY FRICKEN ROCKS! ! ! And then? I don't even know! Just... I don't know! ENJOY!www.pitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.comwww.thepitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.comThere ya go!Q: "Who does Barnabas Collins love?" A: JOSETTE DUPRES! D-U-H-!-!-! Done deal!  And other stuff amidst our "Doctor Who" viewing...Music: "Rainbow's End" Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka Speland "Less Than Human" by Bestial Mouths (Chameleons cover)please purchase! Thanks! 
Apr 16, 2022
24 min
Episode 88: The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows: 10th Anniversary Special
Delegating the dates and times of when textual episodes and when audio episodes are shared..Then when further fandoms are included: The Kids In The Hall, Clue, The Ghostbusters, Poltergeist, The Golden Girls, The Ghost And Mrs. Muir, The Addams Family, The Munsters, Beetlejuice, MASH, and so forth… Hawkeye, Beetlejuice, and we continue onward… Saving Mr. Wells, and adding “Bewitched”, of course, for the resolution ideas…Why I created “Constructive Praise” when I didn’t realize what “Narrative Discussion” was and what we had been doing, which was that, in the 20th Century…If most people are being “rewarded” for “Trash Talk”: BYE! Don’t want to know you, don’t want to look at you: No, thank you! Later-Days! BYE!thepitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.comIf you can come up with Narrative Discussion on your own? GREAT!An Intermission to the future in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows: Season Sixteen of Doctor Who! Boo-Yah! Then we get to “What if?’ with Romana regenerating into another Time Lord from on Romana to the Next: Oh well!The next understanding Josette DuPres… if you understand Spock? Josette DuPres should be a piece of cake.But we shall go through the general idea of Josette DuPres: 1790s, 1890s, Astral Projection, 1960s, and so on… The chronology of what we understand about Josette DuPres is as follows… And then there are little bits, and little bits, and little bits in the DS series on TV with Maggie being the Reincarnation of Josette DuPres, while the Ghost of Josette Collins is Maggie’s Astral Projection…Happy Birthday, Pit! And Happy Valentine’s Day!Wrapping up this podcast with hopeful affiliations and my email address. Take care, Everyone… And get in touch when you can!
Feb 14, 2022
1 hr
Episode 88: EPISODE 22: "The Endless Night At Collinwood"
Milligan and Hecubus appear to discourse their usual updates and introduction.Returning to the West Wing, Amy wonders about Quentin as David wanders in. David convinces Amy to leave and return to her room and have a séance in which they could bring Quentin to them. As they do, the new governess, Maggie Evans, approaches to both send David to bed and tuck Amy in, with memories about Amy’s brothers to share with her.Even as strange things are afoot in The Great House, the ghost of Sarah Collins finds Barnabas in bed at The Old House to warn him of what she senses going on between David and his new friend. Yet again Amy Jennings is awoken from slumber, hearing strange voices at her window, then leaps toward Maggie’s room for comfort.Venturing to the fountain in the back garden, Maggie, as Josette, discusses a few upcoming details with The Widows. Mention of Captain Gregg occurs here.) And here we finally are with a reincarnation talking to old friends still in spirit, but very akin to the one-sided listening of a telephone discussion a person might hear. (As our hosts might express: “To boldly go where EVEN Bella Heathcote’s Josette has never gone before!”)As Maggie returns to her room she meets with Carolyn Stoddard walking through the upstairs hall. A bit more catch-up between the supernatural and the mundane ensues.At last Maggie returns to her bedroom to both explain and not explain to Amy Jennings what occurred. The harpsichord is heard at The Addams Family residence as Peter, Victoria and Morticia are engaged in a game of Parcheesi. Meanwhile our patriarchal Gomez is on the telephone elevating his determination to have a problem solved: that of Peter Bradford’s “legal” identity.Maggie Evans reaches The Old House, encountering Wadsworth, Willie and Barnabas, in order to explain the previous night’s events, as well as the advice she received of what to do next via The Widows. Further clues in discussion come up as well as Barnabas revealing Sarah’s warnings. Later, Maggie meets with Professor Stokes and Doctor Hoffman at The Great House of Collinwood, with plans to perform a séance to approach Quentin Collins and discover why the children are interacting with his ghost. Roger Collins enters, as acerbic as ever, and accepts the invitation to join the séance. As they conjure up whatever spirits might be present, it is Doctor Hoffman that “gives up the ghost” and creates wonder in all our other participants. Rakosi and non Rakosi make themselves known. Professor Stokes agrees to whatever his sweetheart will reveal, as Maggie Evans leaves one glass of water as a way of testing her own astral manifestations before our lovers may continue forward in their journey together. *Special Guest Star: MAGDA RAKOSI!*
Oct 30, 2021
46 min
Episode 88: A Conversation With Tito (October 2021)
You wanted it? You got it!  This podcast is marked [EXPLICIT!]We know Tito from my husband’s high school days… Tito very much enjoys the Dark Shadows 2012 film because he doesn’t know the old show and frankly, doesn’t care! He came over as my husband and I were playing dominoes. It was pretty cool!Instructions on how to differentiate real hate from “manufactured hate”. (It’s actually pretty simple, fellow fans…) Then my consultation with Melissa about the “confusion” about the confusion itself. :DTito’s 1960’s Nostalgia is good enough for me. We begin with a “garbled” discussion between my husband, Tito and I. ^_^ Next we start with “The Kids In The Hall”, then “Clue: The Movie” (with a segue about “Murder By Death” that hopefully wasn’t too long).  Proceeding with “The Time Machine”, “The Golden Girls” and other cameos in The Pit narrative, a likely a too long segue explaining who Edward Mulhare played on “Knight Rider”. Then “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”, a Prisoner cameo scene, “The Addams Family” (lots of conversation here including Charles Addams original drawings in The New Yorker) and “The Munsters”. (Bonus Points to Tito for knowing Fred Gwynne from another production!) M*A*S*H  and Beetlejuice mentions. Almost neglected “Bewitched” but caught myself in time! (Some focus on Paul Lynde.)Finalizing in bringing out the “Dark Shadows” box set to place on Tito’s lap. ^_^  Determining how one could ‘marathon’ the whole of “Dark Shadows”. Darrin Stephens hanging-out with Roger Collins ideas… Then I wrap up with various potential scholastic pointers including:Don’t focus on the negative and, dare I say it? Don’t focus on the positive?Focus on the *NARRATIVE*.Themes for this show: “Katip Arzvhalim Yaz Yare Boyle” by Mogollar, “waltzinblack” by The Stranglers (a favourite band between Tito and my husband) and if one enjoys the background music on the stereo while we chatted? That was a compilation called “Beautiful Noise” by Sunday Records. BUY ‘EM ALL! *wink*
Oct 18, 2021
47 min
Episode 87: Sept/Oct 2021 Spoilercast-Update
Plenty of “Doctor Who” study updates here…Touching on Douglas Adams and the compliments I received over the years with my own creations that were similar to his. “Stones of Blood” commentary enjoyment and “The Key To Time” scenarios we’re watching currently…Discussing our loss of ability in digesting the narrative form. Very, very tragic! (If one is being rewarded to be rude, yeh, y’arent’ gonna get anything good… really.) Being relieved of anxiety through “Your Undivided Attention” podcasts and why. Working out how to reach “Doctor Who” after the Turn of The Screw and 1897 portion in “Dark Shadows” along with the obvious pairing of Quentin and Angelique and how much Angelique desired this in the original series of “Dark Shadows”. (Which one can view in my novel already: The two of them together, and making it.) Angelique argues with Barnabas about her wanting Quentin in “Dark Shadows”. If that’s doesn’t convince you? I don’t know what does!Some stuff about Pit #24 and Osheen’s splendid help and some stuff about Pit #25 too. Whatever we can add with Madam Findley surviving and the fun of that in the story, and Milligan and Hecubus’ glorious additives to that as well. ^_^ (How about a Henry James novel?) Wee bit of a rant against people making you pay to have your personality removed: $60-$100 a month? To have all this high tech stuff taking away your personality? THAT’S RIDICULOUS! And I say so!A fun listener getting back in touch for the sake of 1960’s nostalgia, and isn’t that bloody awesome?Lots of details about Wadsworth from “Clue: The Movie”. I never believed the 3rd ending and I don’t believe I ever will. How we consider “Clue: The Movie” canon and how easily Wadsworth can be included, and the glory of that: Happy news, eh?For folks who don’t know how to choose for themselves? Leave! Go away! Get out of my way! I don’t care about this popularity stuff! I really don’t! I just want 25 listeners and FIVE substantial comments per episode so I can FINISH THIS THING! (Seriously…)Next on the agenda is the very strange and very British story of how I could uncork “Margaret Josette Dupres” and the potential of a complex relationship involving reincarnation. (Jean & Lionel for the win!) Re-Cap of the June show with the online-diary websites and re-stating those… (Because the best defense you have against “surveillance” is surveying yourself.) More non-canon romance stuff and how I and my dear friend, Helena, dealt with that over the years. Julia/Barnabas, “Little Women” and “Twin Peaks” explanation. (Introducing my ‘idea’ of “Human-Defragmentation” and how that might work.) Why I haven’t been able to do a retrospective show for Pit #16, and making sure you all tune-in to: …Going against social media addition is not “quitting”. I call it “escape”, for good reasons. (Donation based alternatives…)My optimism in The Future is still in the words of James Burke and Robert Ornstein’s book, ‘The Axemaker’s Gift’: "Above all we have been persuaded to think that it is unacceptable to be different or even to acknowledge that differences in abilities exist between us. But our survival may depend on the realization and expression of humanities immense diversity. Only if we use what may be the ultimate of the many axemaker's gifts—the coming information systems—to nurture this individual and cultural diversity, only if we celebrate our differences rather than suppressing them, will we stand a chance of harnessing the wealth of human talent that has been ignored for millennia and that is now eager, all around the world, for release."Let’s solve problems together, not detract ourselves from the solutions. Peace.D.W.
Sep 28, 2021
52 min
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