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Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood Paperback – April 3, 2012
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About the Author
Jim Pierson is an author and producer/director of many PBS documentaries. He is also official consultant on the Warner Bros. film, Dark Shadows, and the longtime archivist and literary executor of the Dan Curtis estate, producing compilations and releases of Dan Curtis productions. He is the author of Dark Shadows Resurrected.
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Kathryn grew up on a farm in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Upon graduation from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she 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. Kathryn wrote DARK SHADOWS MEMORIES to coincide with the show's 20th anniversary and DARK SHADOWS COMPANION as a 25th-anniversary tribute.
Kathryn launched Pomegranate Press, Ltd. to publish books about the entertainment industry, including guidebooks, biographies, textbooks and coffee table art books. She 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 and acquired by Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer. She also co-produced a two-hour special for the A&E Network, and a one-hour documentary for BBC1 and Canadian TV, based on the book. Pomegranate has published over 50 nonfiction titles, including LOBBY CARDS: THE CLASSIC FILMS (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.
Kathryn's theatrical credits include a lengthy run with James Stewart in Harvey in London's West End. She has appeared in many television series and mini-series, including Barbara Taylor Bradford's Voice of the Heart, as Dan Travanti's wife in Murrow, as George C. Scott's mistress in The Last Days of Patton, as Philip Marlowe's girlfriend in Chandlertown, and as a series regular with Brian Dennehy in Big Shamus, Little Shamus. Feature films include Providence, The Great Gatsby, Brannigan, The Greek Tycoon, Assassination, 187, Parasomnia, Dr. Mabuse, Dark Shadows, and more.
Kathryn maintains homes in Los Angeles and New York. Pomegranate Press recently issued a trade paper edition of COYA COME HOME, with a foreword by Walter F. Mondale. Kathryn has written three novels, DARK PASSAGES (2012), DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HEELS (2013), JINXED (2015), and a forthcoming memoir, LAST DANCE AT THE SAVOY.
Top Customer Reviews
The beginning of the book is a profusely illustrated DARK SHADOWS timeline that is as fascinating as it is informative.
First things first, for those who are searching here because they are anticipating the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version of DARK SHADOWS that will be released in about six weeks (as I write in March, 2012), the book opens with a chapter by Pierson titled "Dark Shadows Reincarnated." This well written chapter sets the scene for what follows. Scott's experiences filming her cameo appearance in that movie, "Journey Back to Collinwood." Three other original cast members were along as well. It is a well written and intriguing narrative about just how such a thing came about - and was carried out. The other cast members include Lara Parker (Angelique), David Selby (Quentin Collins), and the master vampire of them all Jonathan Frid (Barnabas) - who also provided the Forward for the book.
I personally am glad that I read this part of the book before I saw the recent onslaught of previews and promos for the new movie. Scott's writing gave me some hope that the film was going to be an interesting take on my favorite story. After seeing those promos, I can only say Burton has made the material over in his own ridiculous way.Read more ›
Kathryn, who played vampire bride Josette de Pres in the original tv series, has teamed up with Jim Pierson to write this intimate, enlightening, humorous and touching account of the making of this much-loved cult show. Better still, Kathryn and other series regulars including Jonathan Frid, David Selby and Lara Parker were invited by Messrs Burton and Depp to appear in the new movie 'Dark Shadows' in cameo roles.
This is their loving account of an extraordinary experience with rare photographs from the 1960s and 1970s, to the 1990s tv revamp, coming full circle with the original cast standing alongside the new team: Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Lee Miller et al.
It's a feast.
Can't wait for the movie.
Kathryn devotes her first chapter detailing how four cast members, Jonathan Frid (Barnabas), Kathryn Lee Scott (Maggie Evans), David Selby (Quentin) and Lara Parker (Angelqiue) were invited to participate in the new movie by making cameo appearances. The way Kathryn wrote, I could really feel a comradeship between them that will always be there. I really felt like a fly on the wall when I read that chapter, and there were plenty of photos to accommodate the read. After reading that chapter, I'm now looking forward to the new Dark Shadows movie, Kathryn has a way, through words, to share her hopes for the success of the film, and that in itself has swayed me, thank you, Kathryn.
The rest of the book is very informative, and at times almost like having a private audience with the author. The additional new photos, many of which I've never seen before, and that says a lot, because I've been a fan since 1967.
I was very impressed with the good layout, design and typography of the book, it's well thought out, nicely done. It definitely wasn't hurried.
I highly recommend this book, if you are unfamiliar with Dark Shadows, you won't be afterwards.
Congratulations Kathryn on a book well done.
The book opens with a brief foreword by Jonathan Frid, who recently passed away. Immediately following is a timeline titled "Five Decades of Dark Shadows," which touches on the highlights of the franchise from its beginning to the present. In "Dark Shadows Reincarnated," Jim Pierson provides a brief overview of the upcoming Tim Burton DARK SHADOWS, including the characters, cast, and several photographs. Kathryn and Lara Parker follow up with intriguing personal chronicles of their journeys to England to appear in the film in cameo roles, along with fellow Dark Shadows series actors Jonathan Frid and David Selby. From these accounts, one can clearly see that, for Jonathan, this venture is a serious personal struggle, both physically and mentally. It's very sad that he will not have the chance to see the result of his final journey into the shadows, as it were.Read more ›
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Dark Shadows, is a must read. It was written very will, the photos were so great. Kathryn Leigh Scott did a marvalos job along with Jim parsons. I couldnot put the book down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dan Cullen
I thought I would be returning to Collinwood but only a small portion of book devoted to original TV show and 2 subsequent movies. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pamela Justice