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Product Details

  • Paperback: 572 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (April 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475910347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475910346
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Craig Hamrick wrote about television for TV Guide, Soap Opera Weekly and a variety of other publications, including his book Big Lou and the website darkshadowsonline.com.

R.J. Jamison is a writer in New York and wrote Grayson Hall: A Hard Act to Follow, published in 2006.

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Customer Reviews

I really recommend this book to all Dark Shadows fans.
Kevin P.
I was actually able to sit down and read it cover to cover, even though it would be very easy to skip around and read just about the people that interested you.
D. Konop
The information for each person is very detailed, as is virtually everything in the book.
Sarah Marie

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By StuartM on September 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
With a few celebrated exceptions, the Dark Shadows cast generally remains an obscure one to aficionados of cult television. Even in the age of multi-channel cable television, the majority of the show's actors remain shadowy figures outside of their familiar characters. Drawing on extensive new research, Barnabas & Company is a new reference book which uncovers a wealth of trivia, facts and figures for the entire Dark Shadows role-call.
Composed of a selection of career biographies, with additional trivia sections and a history of the show, the book has a gossipy, easygoing style that impresses, offering some important new observations on the Dark Shadows phenomenon along the way. For example, in the opening history of the show, the author comments on the intrusion of reality during the show's run, with some insightful comments from Nancy Barrett on the effect of the Vietnam War on the show's original fair tale qualities. It's a brief aside, but a valuable one that adds an extra dimension to the rose-tinted view of the studio days one usually hears.
Elsewhere, the book revels in the absurdities of show business, gleefully documenting a number of hilarious "what were they thinking?" productions with appropriately droll asides. If Denise Nickerson's Broadway lead in a musical production of Lolita doesn't sound bad enough, then Grayson Hall's hilarious turn as a lesbian nightclub promoter in sexploitation flick Satan in High Heels should raise a few smiles, in a role that even the actress agreed was best forgotten - she denied even appearing in the film at certain times in her career.
Where the book scores most highly is in its coverage of the actors' stage careers.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M.T. Pierce on June 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
There are numerous DS books on the market,almost always told from the point of view of a select few who appeared on the show and relate tales heavy on sunshine and roses. While these voices are important, they only provide one dimension. Mr. Hamrick, who has appeared at many of the conventions, is first and foremost a curious fan and thus approaches his writing with that mindset,adding a much needed balance to the scales without the usual rehash. If you can find Hamrick's comprehensive, yet rare 'Collectors Guide', grab this essential title also.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bernie Volpicelli on May 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Being a DS fan since it's original run, I was delighted to read this book. It has lots of interesting facts and trivia that I believe fans will enjoy. Even though I've been a member of many DS internet mailing lists and message boards, there were things here I hadn't known of previously.
I believe this book will serve to increase an already substantial amount of interest in one of the most unique television shows ever produced, Dark Shadows!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Karol on October 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Mr. Hamrick, who apparently knows many of the celebrities he writes about here, has fashioned a wonderful amalgam of trivia and scholarship. His research into the reel and real lives of the characters and cast of the landmark soap Dark Shadows brings the reader not only into the world of Collinwood, but closer to the people who inhabited it and made the fantastic seem real. Highly recommended for all fans of soaps and pop culture.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Unemployed Soap Opera Viewer on May 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Finally, an honest, compulsively readable collection of portraits on the DARK SHADOWS cast.
A nice remedy to the endless amount of photo-heavy, content-lite other DS books.
If you want to really learn about the real people behind the characters, and like well-written material, this is your best option.
A must have, which adds a welcome degree of historical context and richness.
Highly RECOMMENDED!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
It's always interesting to read a book by someone who knows and has access to several of the DS actors and crew and makes available a wealth of facts and figures and personal memories in which to compile this fascinating book.
A reviewer said that Jonathan Frid has "disassociated" himself from DS. He has on his official website (bearing his name) photos and personal memories of his first days on the series. Doesn't sound like disassociation to me. It's as on target as Mr. Hamrick's compendium of fun facts and trivia.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Belle Jarre on May 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
Longtime DARK SHADOWS fan Craig Hamrick was working on this updated edition of his book when he passed away. After several years, the book has been completed by fellow DARK SHADOWS fan R.J. Jamison. Unfortunately, the end result is not what it could (or should) have been. While it is filled with a great deal of information that was gathered (I assume) from years of research, it is also riddled with misspellings, inconsistencies and inaccuracies that indicate a sloppiness in approach. Blame must be placed on Jamison, whose previous DS-related book -- a biography of actress Grayson Hall -- was similarly problematic. In both books, Jamison thanks the same person for her skills as a proofreader and copy editor. If she embarks on a third book (the mind reels...), let's hope that she finds a colleague who can truly proofread a text. Devoted fans of DARK SHADOWS will probably enjoy this for the amount of information it contains, but those fans who are also discerning readers will likely be frustrated by the lack of quality.
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