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Barnabas & Company: The Cast of the TV Classic Dark Shadows Paperback – April 26, 2012

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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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  • 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: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Into the world of Dark Shadows and the people who created that world for us... I barely have scratched the surface, by looking through the wonderful photo gallery, reading FIRST the terrific segment in the book devoted to Humbert Allen Astredo and being so glad that it has been added to the updated version of the book! Humbert is a wonderful actor who is a big favorite of mine from the show and although I adored nearly everyone associated with it, I wanted to read that section first. Now I'm back to the beginning of the Kindle edition and am slowly digesting it, savoring it like a wonderful meal, enjoying it and so glad for it's flavors and aromas...
Thank you, R.J. Jamison for continuing with the update that you and Craig Hamrick worked on to give us even more to enjoy about these wonderful artists than even the first edition of Barnabas & Company gave us...
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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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This book is lots of fun to read. It's got lots of fun information that I didn't know and I thought I knew it all. lol. I don't agree with the previous review. Yeah it's not like the books written by Kathryn Lee Scott, but that's not bad. Her books have mostly the the same stories over and over just in different ways. And the same pictures that I've seen alot before. Dont get me wrong all her books and there great but Craig Hamrick is a good writer and this is a really cool book that any Dark Shoadws fan will enjoy. Not many pictures, but I have plenty of Dark Shadows pictures so I don't care. Its fun to read. Buy it. Buy it Buy it. You won't be sorry!!!
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