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 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
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
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, 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
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: (“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
Episode 20: Bark At The Moon
Milligan and Hecubus appear to discourse their usual updates and introduction. Doctor Hoffman is surprised to find Amy Jennings accompanied by Carolyn Stoddard as Carolyn explains how she did. As the three consider what to do with Amy, David shows up to be introduced. Amy and David leave Doctor Hoffman and Carolyn Stoddard to their own wonderings about the creature seen in the woods previously. Venturing into what Amy and David are up to, we find Amy transfixed by the lightning and David wondering how she isn’t scared of that. The talk eventually leads to wondering what’s in The West Wing. (Of course!) After a familiar scenario at The Addams Family, a conversation begins between Peter Bradford and Gomez Addams. Unique revelations are discovered. Peter has a favour to ask. As Maggie approaches The Old House she encounters the ghost of Sarah Collins who needs to find some time to herself. Maggie nods to her need and they pass each other at the door. Maggie calls out for Barnabas to explain to him what she suspects about her high school chum, Chris Jennings. Many plans and much romance ensue. Our Maggie Evans of the present must venture back to The Great House of Collinwood only to encounter her old classmate, Chris Jennings, much sooner than she expected. And we listen to their conversation of re-acquaintance… in progress! Captain Daniel Gregg comes across our dear ghost of Sarah Collins to reassure her of her uncertainties as they reflect between the odd considerations they share in common. Sarah is concerned about the new friendship her cousin, David, is growing with Amy Jennings, and where her own place is in everything now. Meanwhile we must return to how Chris Jennings is responding to Maggie Evans’ point-blank question of him being cursed with lycanthropy. And our first born Jennings twin will dance around the answer as one would expect! Carolyn Stoddard is wondering what is “bothering” Maggie Evans, and surely she discovers it all! How Maggie IS Josette, what they have in common from their high school days, and even the undisclosed discoveries of lycanthropy in comparison to “that time of the month” for both of them sidling up to Chris Jennings’ issues: It’s all rather personal. As David and Amy plan their exploration of the West Wing, Chris enters and Amy is elated to re-meet with her brother, until he reveals he might be having Amy stay in a home apart from him. (Yes, let’s all just say it, “Jerk!”) One more endless-argument-about-nothing later, Carolyn and Maggie convince Chris Jennings to join Carolyn for a drink at The Blue Whale and meet with Tony Peterson there. As Carolyn and Chris reach The Blue Whale, Tony Peterson approaches them and many gestures in reacquainting are shared. Discussion in how to take care of Amy takes place. No surprise; a clock chiming changes the subject. Chris leaves in haste as the barmaid goes to check her reflection. However Chris might try to prevent his own personal curse from harming anyone, he is, of course, not successful.
Jul 31, 2020
45 min
(June 2020) “I Got The Memo”
Another oceanside chat for people who enjoy them. Apparently quite a few people enjoy them! I get started talking about a pen friend and a phone friend, good stuff and various reasons things in communications have been clogged. General pep-talk about the current upbringing in kids to the previous upbringing I experienced with pretty crappy distractions that weren’t as bad as now, but still pretty bad. I make it very clear here that I never wanted a parasocial relationship with my listeners. I wanted a social one. And? I still do! However much the technology changed to alter anyone's sociability? It didn’t change mine! Why letter writing is very, very, important, even now. How the friends I’ve finally made in this have rewarded me with great company. (The whole reason I began this series.) A little study time with a DS episode, a wee, wee bit of Magda... and then: “*Spoiler*”: The phases of Quentin Collins, very basic: 1969; Evil Ghost (dead), 1897; Playboy (alive), Killed (dead), Zombie (dead/alive), Not Zombie (alive), Werewolf Curse (still alive), Magic Portrait takes curse and then he is immortal (indefinitely alive). Then fun chat about Kitty Soames. More on the topic of the non-canon romance, Julia/Barnabas phenomenon. Very calmly expressed. As well as my experience with healthy rejections and unhealthy reactions over the years. (A little more Jo March too.) Sprinkled in this are thoughts on a new "hero" of mine: Tim Wu. (I'm just not sure where all I mention him, pardon.) I wrap up with sober thoughts over more concentration on maintaining the help, pulling away from commercial sites, and focusing more on personal life, correspondence and friendship.
Jun 13, 2020
43 min
Margaret Josette Dupres, Chapters 11- 16 (May 2020)
[ADULT CONTENT] Again, “Explicit” while being fairly clean in all my description. This entry is the third podcast about the marriage novel, and exploring the chapters of it; eleven through sixteen, as I add to what we are all going through via the tech obsessions. This audio program goes through, step-by step, discussing what occurs in each chapter, my personal struggles, and the wonderful discussion from readers. Chapters discussed are as follows: Chapter Eleven – “A Tender Retreat” (Maggie facing old haunts as Josette with her kidnapping.) [+ comments] Chapter Twelve – “Willie Wounds” (Shared time between Willie and Maggie.) [+ comments] Chapter Thirteen– “Healing Part One: Shackled” (Barnabas is the one shackled and Maggie is the one who has enforced it. [+ comments] Chapter Fourteen – Healing Part Two: Punishment (As Barnabas endures the worst discomfort and pain, Maggie can be in all comfort while they discuss their past about her kidnapping.) [+ comments] Chapter Fifteen – Healing Part Three: Redemption (After all the physical pain there is one emotional point that Barnabas would be vulnerable to that only Maggie, as Josette, would understand.) [+ comments] Background music (which I would love to know that you purchased) for this podcast is: “Les mémoires blessées” – Dark Sanctuary (2004) “Therasia” – Sephiroth (2005) “Missing You” – Imperia (2006) “Once Upon A December” – Sally Harmon (1998)
May 25, 2020
54 min
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