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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Press; First Edition first Printing edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938817833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938817833
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathryn grew up on a farm in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Upon graduation from the American
Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kathryn landed the ingénue lead in the classic Gothic daytime drama
Dark Shadows (ABC, 1966-1971), and starred in the 1971 MGM feature, House of Dark Shadows. Kathryn played four roles in the series: Maggie Evans, Josette du Pres, Lady Kitty
Hampshire and Rachel Drummond. Realizing that the enduring and innovative series still has a
tremendous following in syndicated reruns throughout the world, Kathryn wrote Dark Shadows Memories to coincide with its 20th anniversary and Dark Shadows Companion as a 25th
anniversary tribute. Both were book club favorites, and combined sales (Hardcover, Trade, audio
CD) exceed 65,000 copies. Kathryn appears in a cameo role in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp. Her latest nonfiction title is Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood, currently in its third printing and available as an ebook.
While continuing her acting career, Kathryn launched Pomegranate Press, Ltd. to publish
books about the entertainment industry. Along with such non-fiction fare as guide books,
biographies, textbooks, humor and coffee table art books, Kathryn published Coya Come Home, the biography of former Minnesota Congresswoman Coya Knutson, which was optioned
for a TV movie, Charlie's Angels Casebook, made into an NBC MOW in 2004, and
Hollywood at Your Feet: The Story of Hollywood's Chinese Theatre, which she co-produced as
an American Movie Classics documentary.
Kathryn wrote The Bunny Years (the 25-year history of Playboy Clubs told through
the women who worked as Bunnies), optioned by Disney for a feature film. She also co-produced a
two-hour special for the A&E Network, and a one-hour documentary for BBC-1 and Canadian TV,
based on the book.
Pomegranate has published over 50 nonfiction titles, including Scott's books, Lobby Cards: The Classic Films (which earned the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Coffee Table
Book) and Lobby Cards: The Classic Comedies, both of which were published in the U.K. by
Bloomsbury. Other Pomegranate titles include Michael Landon: Life, Love & Laughter, Word of Mouth, The Fugitive Recaptured, Rockford Files, The Night Stalker and Maverick.
Kathryn's theatrical credits include a lengthy run with James Stewart in Harvey in London's West End. TV audiences have seen her in the four-hour mini-series Voice of the Heart, based on the Barbara Taylor Bradford novel, as Dan Travanti's wife in Murrow, George C. Scott's mistress in The Last Days of Patton and Philip Marlowe's girlfriend in Chandlertown. She co-starred in several pilot episodes, among them Police Squad, Paradise and Big Shamus, Little Shamus with Brian Dennehy, and The Professionals with Edward Woodward. Feature films include Providence, The Great Gatsby, Brannigan, The Greek Tycoon, Assassination, 187 and Parasomnia.
Kathryn maintains homes in Los Angeles and New York. In addition to her debut fiction, Dark Passages (2011), Kathryn has completed two other novels and will issue a Tradepaper edition of Coya Come Home, with a Foreword by Walter F. Mondale, in August 2012. Down & Out in Beverly Heels will be published March 19, 2013.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Annabelle on July 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dark Passages is the MUST READ book for anyone who watched Dark Shadows, grew up in the 60's, enjoys a good gothic read. This book has several "ins" for DS fans but also aims for a broader audience. The Bunny Club in New York, the women's movement, the turbulence of the 60's, the hard work of any actor on a TV series, what it's like to make it in New York on your own. And the characters are well developed, drawing you in to their world, leaving you hungry for another glimpse of their lives. It is written with flair and imagination and fact, all blended into an easy-to-read but I-don't-want-to-put-it-down-style. Kathryn Leigh Scott leaves you wanting more, more, more!!
I highly recommend this book to anyone -- you don't have to be a Dark Shadows fan to enjoy it. And I am keeping my fingers crossed that there may be a sequel!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pageturner in NYC on August 3, 2011
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Who better to write a novel about a young actress moving to New York City in the 1960s and landing a part on a daily supernatural soap opera than Kathryn Leigh Scott, who starred on TV's DARK SHADOWS for its entire run from 1966 to 1970? Scott has written, edited and published numerous books on the cult TV series over the years (The Dark Shadows Almanac: Millennium Edition, 35th Anniversary Dark Shadows Memories, The Dark Shadows Companion: 25th Anniversary Collectionamong them) and now she smoothly makes the transition from non fiction to fiction with this amazingly assured page-turner.

Leigh does an outstanding job of evoking the mood and time of life in Manhattan during the early 1960s. She also has a keen sense of time and place when describing the frustrations, hilarity and exhilarations of the life of an actress who is filming a daily soap opera as breakneck speed. The politics, egos and camaraderie of life of the set of a daily soap opera offers a sensational setting for the story.

But this is not just a behind-the-scenes look at the making of DARK SHADOWS (er, I mean DARK PASSAGES)... you see, the young lead actress in this novel is a real vampire herself. When she's hired for this job, the soap opera has a gothic feel to it, but over the course of months, supernatural elements are added along with ghosts, spirits, witches and, yes, even a vampire. So, we have a real vampire actress acting on a TV show with other characters playing vampires.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Collins on September 2, 2011
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For those of us who watched Kathryn Leigh Scott and the rest of the Dark Shadows cast in the '60's and '70's, Dark Passages is a sweet trip down Memory Lane. It is not just a "nod" to the old show, it is as if we have entered another Parallel Time--one where the characters are the same, but the names have changed. A time where the supernatural events and characters abound off screen as well as on. Katie's "real life" vampire characters grab your interest early on, as you try to learn the rules. If a "real life" vampire can be out in the sun and see her reflection in a mirror, what makes her a vampire? Read the story to find out! The parallels between Dark Passages and Dark Shadows brought a smile and a warm feeling to this ol' DS fan as she relived the things that made her love the original show so many years ago. As the action ramps up, the plot twists take some unforseen turns, making the story pure supernatural fun. So if you loved Katie as Maggie and Josette, if Dark Shadows memories still make you smile, this is a must-read. For those folks who aren't familiar with DS, but love a good vampire tale, give it a try. You won't be disappointed. I'm already looking forward to a sequel from the hints in the last chapter...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Mccray on September 2, 2013
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Cloaked in a gutsy vampire novel is a detailed and touching glimpse of a legendary era. In DARK PASSAGES, author Kathryn Leigh Scott has cleverly written one of the most honest and atmospheric looks at how and why a show like Dark Shadows was put together and experienced. This includes rich, poignant details about life in New York in the MAD MEN era, complete with a backstage tour of the life of a Playboy Club bunny. Just because it's a novel (and a warm, highly engaging one) doesn't mean that it can't be history, too. Ms. Scott lived the era and the show, and she has already established herself an an apt historian with books such as THE BUNNY YEARS and DARK SHADOWS MEMORIES.

One of the things I really liked about the book was how atmospheric it was. Although her writing is very clean and elegant, Ms. Scott has a talent for detail that immediately brings the experience and characters to life. The elephant in the room, and it's a good one, is the question of whether the *characters* resemble arguably real-life counterparts from the show. I can't say, but certain elements (the Joan Bennett character's distinctive lunch bag for instance) seem pretty familiar. Having not been there, that's where the similarities may end. That doesn't keep you from feeling like you're getting a truly revealing feel for the life behind the cameras. If you want to sense how Dark Shadows was made, this is really a gift.

And the vampire element is fun, too.
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