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) hotmail.com (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 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: https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/ …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
Episode 86: 2021 June Updates and Online Diaries
DS Annotations is back up and my involvement with that. Much love to Saramonster! Continuing narrative between The Pit and Osheen Nevoy’s “In Darkness” along with kind words from Helena Clara Bouchet. Also why I found a Hoffman/Stokes romance made the most sense. Next segment for beloved pen friends: postage stamp updates, things coming out and so forth. Alternative social sites by using a search-engine of choice and looking for the words “online diary”. These are my (first page search) results. I am not listing the sites I speak of here because the point of this podcast is to encourage listeners to search this topic on their own. How I dissected my anxiety over hype-modules in both the 20th Century and recently. Life experience is an important aspect of this. Plainly put; many people don’t really care! (*frowny face*) A response about our old long-lost friends, who have been taken over by big biz social media, to my new friends. (They did care.) Pointers about how to treat people who don’t have expected life-skills; such as how to drive. No matter how politely you nag someone: Nagging doesn’t work. Online journal suggestions I found and one of which I use and am grateful for. (Stalkers likely already know about this.) My solution to the “like” and “kudos” button problems. Going to the source is still important. Responding to notifications created by someone else may be very unimportant. Continued support for Dark Shadows and the 2012 film for very important reasons. Get in touch when you can, if you can.
Jun 10, 2021
49 min
Episode 86: Spoilercast-Update April 2021/October 2013
Personal updates and discussion with a beloved pen friend as we chatted over the phone, including Doctor Who, and the goofiness of the villains therein. Going over books I’ve been listening to and enjoying. Working on Hoffman/Stokes romance and consulting Helena for help. Bad things and good things in pairings and enjoyment. Reading notes about “House of Dark Shadows” from another pen friend who is an avid movie fan rather than a DS fan. Working with Madam Findley’s character, things coming up in "The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows" for her and consulting Osheen Nevoy about the fun with Osheen’s input. Also mixing things up with knowledge of the 1897 portion of DS. Sharing an old recording from 2013 in consulting my husband with changes I’d made to Episode 2: “Chamberpots and Coffee Cups”. (Some swear word warnings prior to beginning.)
Apr 2, 2021
1 hr 5 min
(2021 February): Letters, Writing and Sending Mail
This podcast is in a theme: Letter writing and sending mail… We start from Episode One with Wadsworth’s letter to Barnabas Collins, the two discussing that, and go right on up into what has already been released. (Be a’skeered… be very a’skeered. Or not.) Stepping through each episode to reveal what is available in letter writing, my listeners shall see where this leads, including why episode four ventured issue with Seattle’s Space Needle. *wink* Episodes: 5, 6, 7, and 8 explaining all the letter writing aspects of those. Continuing on with further episodes up into #12 and why the mail is important with the cheque for The Parapsychology Foundation for Reincarnation Research… As for Episode #14, it’s almost ALL about the mail… A bit more about postal sendings in #15 then #17 between Willie Loomis and the Ghost of Sarah Collins. “That evil is wicked is well understood. The wicked are punished so you must be good.” Then #18, #19, and #21, what little we have for this theme… Updates for Osheen Nevoy’s fanwork and my own… Special thanks to pen friends getting me out of the madness.Thanks to humanetech.com, etc. How hate has been manufactured for the 2012 ‘Dark Shadows’ movie… and: for me. And then: How to deal with that. (I express in this podcast that the guilt is “preferable” for the sake, in this situation, you’d be’ responsible’ rather than ‘helplessly tricked’. Which is the better choice? Having no recourse or having been a little responsible?) For pen friends and friends, in touch, who still read books and old books: Listen. Long-Term-Narrative is far more important that we might have ever considered was important. ^_^ Ending with this Aztec Camera song, “We Could Send Letters”, dedicated to my pen friends, (please purchase it if you enjoy it.)
Feb 8, 2021
53 min
EPISODE 21: Up The Damned Staircase
Sir Simon Milligan and Manservant Hecubus appear to discourse their usual updates and introduction. As Elizabeth conjures “Drunken Sailor” on the piano, the ghost of Bill Malloy arrives and begins to explain the endless considerations of how he died, all based on the original “Dark Shadows” series. Many old and new histories are revealed as Liz and Bill come to a further understanding. Wafting towards evening, Maggie inquires of Bob at The Blue Whale what the recent news there is after the break-in the night before. As a storm approaches, David rushes to Amy’s room upon hearing her screams in the night. Her nightmare and fears for her brother David soothes with sound reasoning and a proposed visit to The West Wing. Milligan and Hecubus drop some speculation about how children are raised before we carry on to Maggie and Barnabas prepping for the coming meeting. Willie Loomis comes in the door to meet Wadsworth and they update each other over the day-into-night errands just before Willie confronts Wadsworth as to why he once told Roger Collins he didn’t know Willie when he came to work at The Old House. Footsteps are heard as Dr. Hoffman and Professor Stokes arrive at The Old House. As Willie and Wadsworth welcome them, Barnabas and Maggie approach and the discussion begins over how to handle Chris Jennings in the likely chance he is a werewolf. Jumping over to Morning Glory Circle, we encounter just how Samantha Stephens explains a trip to Maine and the purpose of it to her husband, Darrin. His reaction is not what she expected! As Amy and David explore The West Wing, they happen upon many curious objects, including a very old telephone in which Amy hears the voice of a Collins ghost. Amy and David return to Amy’s room to investigate who the ghost was in a book of Family History. David’s father, Roger, shows up and after discussing some details about an ancestor, escorts David to his room.
Dec 28, 2020
44 min
Episode 83: [Test] DEMO Pit#23 (December 2020)
Some pals know we've had technical problems, so this is a test! If anyone was wondering what a "demo" episode sounds like, this is it! I don't plan to keep this up long so get it while ya got it! <3, Daryl
Dec 7, 2020
36 min
Throwing Out Ideas – 2020 October
Expressing my new re-watchable movie, “The Social Dilemma”, then onward to my expeditious viewing of ‘Dark Shadows-1897‘ along with the focus of sorting out the romance between Quentin Collins and Angelique Bouchard. (As well as rearranging Laura Collins to be Laura Murdoch Stockbridge via Osheen Nevoy’s research.) And how '1840 Angelique' = "Angelique-Mark-2". Then mixing the magics between Dark Shadows and Bewitched. Rough draft ideas and potential spoilers for episode 23 and 24 in ‘The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows’. How Capt. Gregg digests the ghosts of Beth and Quentin and the overall situation on account of the bequest with Sam and Maggie Evans. Catching up with Willie and Wadsworth: Paying Willie back and getting his trousers which helps Barnabas Collins meet with Amy Jennings. These trousers shan’t rip, though, as was once suggested of Willie’s pants in “DS Annotations” ;) Then we have a lengthy scene idea for a Pit episode in the far-flung future aligning Dr. Julia Hoffman (née Magda Rakosi, née Countess duPres) with The Ghost of Caleb Collins. Again; Just throwing out ideas via inspiration of the bonus episode on “The Haunted of Collinwood” DVD, along with my current 1897 viewing. I wind up this podcast with how the big romances among ‘Dark Shadows’ fans occurred via the on-screen stories, and what the fans took from them, over the decades. I hope it helps to enlighten many listeners. (Josette duPres, her reincarnations, Angelique Bouchard, and Dr. Hoffman with Barnabas Collins factor in heavily to this segment.) Lastly: Encouragement to watch “The Social Dilemma” documentary. More information can be found at: https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/ (“It is what defines us, binds us, curses us.” – Barnabas Collins.) Added Soundtracks: “Night In A Graveyard” (1985) “The Graveyard” Loyalty Freak Music (2018)
Oct 1, 2020
47 min
August 2020 Spoilercast
Another blah-de-blah per request! Howdy out to all my pen pals, “YOU’RE ALIVE!” Also appreciating the kindhearted nature of folks who feel they “ought” to do better. Hopefully by this time hunkering down at home has shown most people how using “social” media to solely keep-in-touch isn’t very healthy. Going through Pit episodes 20, 21, and 22. Basic steps in each episode of the story. #20 “Bark At The Moon” #21 “Up The Damned Staircase” #22 “The Endless Night At Collinwood” In all of these episodes, I shall let loose my newest slogan, which is: “To boldly go where EVEN Bella Heathcote’s Josette has NEVER gone before!” :) Technical problems with The Addams Family scene in #22, with love to Lurch (Ted Cassidy), however strange… on either side. Also some love for John Karlen as I continue performing the role of Willie Loomis through this series. Later topics are lack of fear to “spoilers”, enjoying a story, watching “That Darn Cat” again, going to a source over relying on gossip, as well as how I moderated alcohol beginning in 2007 and 2008. (Advertising posters will display, “Drink responsibly,” but whoever explains how that works?) Current detoxing and moderation this year. How other things make efforts to be moderated through regulation, whereas social networks do not currently carry the same regulations that other addictive substances or even appliances have. Fun wrap up with my enjoyment of the commentary for “The Ribos Operation” by Mary Tamm and Tom Baker.
Aug 11, 2020
40 min
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