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Product Details

  • Series: Dark Shadows (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 2 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765332882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765332882
  • ASIN: 0765332884
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Parker continues a series based on the hit 1960s and 1970s supernatural soap opera, Dark Shadows, in which she costarred as the witch Angelique, heroine of the series opener, Angelique's Descent (1998), and erstwhile lover and foe of vampire Barnabas Collins. When this novel opens, Barnabas has been cured of his vampirism by his fiancee, Dr. Julia Hoffman, but feels like a shadow of his former self. His cousin Roger has sold the remains of the family estate, the Old House, to a woman named Antoinette, who so resembles Angelique that Barnabas is drawn to her. On a late night visit to the Old House, Barnabas discovers a fatally wounded workman, clearly the victim of a vampire attack. Barnabas insinuates himself into Antoinette's life to protect her and the hippies she allows to camp out on the property from the seeming threat. In the process, he discovers a shocking link between his family and Antoinette's. Fans of the show will find much to love in this yarn steeped in its mythology. Kristine Huntley
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Praise for Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch:

“Inspired by the 1970s television show Dark Shadows, Parker writes a layered story that catalogues not only Collins’ marital misgivings after falling for mysterious flower child Antoinette but also a large subplot dealing with one of Collins’ ancestors during the infamous Salem witch trials.”

“Fans of Dark Shadows have long awaited this second book by Parker. Parker has done her research. She takes us effortlessly from Collinsport in 1971 to Salem Village in 1692 and does a wonderful job of capturing the history of both periods. Her spellbinding plot and descriptive prose will please those who love a supernatural romance. She has captured the characters, the dialogue and the spirit of the show perfectly.” RT Book Reviews

More About the Author

Lara Parker is the author of three novels all based on the cult TV soap opera DARK SHADOWS. Before she became an author, she was an actress, and she appeared on DARK SHADOWS for five years playing the part of the witch, Angelique. Her first book, ANGELIQUE'S DESCENT tells the story of her character's childhood, how she became a witch, and her love affair with Barnabas Collins. Lara was born in Knoxville and grew up in Memphis Tennessee. She attended Vassar College and graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis with a BA in Philosophy. Lara received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in LA,. She lives in Topanga Canyon with her husband.

Customer Reviews

I'm enjoying following a different story line.
Pam Shore
Lara, who is also professor of creative writing, does a splendid job of weaving true life characters into "The Salem Branch."
Frank Borzellieri
The book kept me in suspense and had a very surprising ending!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Richmond VINE VOICE on June 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
A great read from Angelique herself. Lara Parker is becoming a stronger novelist in this her second novel. While at times her pacing and chronology seem a tad awkward and clunky, her prose is vivid, alive with all the passion and eroticism you'd expect from the woman who played Angelique in her various incarnations. The use of the early '70s Love Children is so fun and so right for this milieu. Barnabas the Human is still as charming; in fact, moreso as he struggles to deal with human limitations. The maturing of David Collins is also handled with sensitivity and humor, minding all that he's been through at so young an age. It's just a delight to encounter all these beloved characters again. This book could serve as an introduction to the world of DS including the DVD collections of the shows, all the Marilyn Ross novels, the comics, Lara Parker's first novel, ANGELIQUE'S DESCENT, and Rainey and Massie's DREAMS OF THE DARK. Fans of course, already know all that and this will just be a new pleasure.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Louis Baumgart on July 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
For it's time, the daytime gothic soap "Dark Shadows" was quite a phenomenon, spawning comic books, comic strips, spin-off movies, joke books, and over thirty original paperback novels by Marilyn (W. E. D.) Ross...and, later, a prime-time series, web sites, retrospective memoirs, and even more original novels. It wasn't above lifting storylines from Stoker, Shelley, Lovecraft, Poe, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde; and it wasn't above using time travel, parallel realities, flashbacks, flashback-within-flashbacks, actors that played multiple characters, and extended dream/hallucinationary fugue states. Keep your flow charts nearby. "Dark Shadows" however mostly dealt with the trials and tribulations of vampire Barnabas Collins as he protected his ancestral home and family.

Lara Parker played multiple characters on "Dark Shadows"; her most famous being Angelique, and has written several "Dark Shadows" novels with "The Salem Branch" being a direct sequel to "Angelique's Descent" I think. Here, Barnabas is taking treatments to cure his vampirism (which was caused by a curse from Angelique)from long time character and doctor, Julia, and it is this transition that is causing him problems.

His rocky road acquires more bumps in a typical "Dark Shadows" manner when a woman who seems to be Angelique but is now called Antoinette moves into the Old House and begins to restore the burned out husk. Soon, a new vampire is loose, a band of cultish hippies are camping out in a nearby woods; and a there's a deadman that won't stay dead. So while Barnabas tries to protect the Collins family; find out who the new killer is, and what Antoinette/Angelique is up to, he ends up time traveling, getting high (!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Harris Jr. on January 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Salem Branch is the second novel in Lara Parker's Dark Shadows series and is a direct sequel to her 1998 novel Angelique's Descent and takes places roughly six months after the former ended. The re-construction of the old house which had previously burned down and the land sold to Antoinette Harpignies, who bears more than a resemblance to Angelique, is nearly completed.

Barnabus is both shocked and amazed at the accuracy of the reconstruction of the old house and become suspicious of Antoinette and her motivations. Weakened by the cure which Dr. Julia Hoffman continues to administer in hopes of ridding him of his vampirism, Barnabus fears that Antoinette is the reincarnation of Angelique and has come to destroy not only him but his family as well.

Making matters worse, Barnabus learns that in his absence another vampire has entered his domain and is making a play for control of Collinsport. Out of a sense of nobility, or guilt, Barnabus puts his own life in danger to protect his extended family members whom has grown to love, as well as a group of hippies which Antoinette has allowed to set up camp in the woods on her property.

Like the previous novel, The Salem Branch moves back and forth between the present (1971) and the distant past of the 17th century (circa 1692). The second story involves the fate of Miranda Duval, a woman living in Salem Massachusetts during the time of the Salem Witch Hunts. It is revealed that Miranda was born with special gifts and had been kidnapped by Indians during a raid of her village when she was very young, resulting in the death of her parents. Living among the natives, Miranda's gifts were allowed to blossom and flourish...until she was rescued and brought back to Salem village.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Howard Hopkins on June 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
While I am a huge Dark Shadows (both old and revival) and Lara Parker fan I had a tough time getting through this novel. Her writing style is often poetic and splendid (no denying her vast talent), but for someone who lived the show I found the portrayal of Barnabas and the other denizens of Collinsport markedly skewed. The entire plotline seemed weak compared to some of the excellent arcs on the show and her previous DS novel. A big diappointment for me. But taste is subjective, so other DS fans may enjoy it more.
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