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Barnabas & Company: The Cast of the TV Classic Dark Shadows Paperback – April 26, 2012
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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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I remember Dark Shadows as my dear, straight-laced, no-nonsense Grandmother's favorite program, and the ONLY daytime TV she would watch. I was a pre-teen at the time. She considered me "far too young" to watch Dark Shadows, so I was sent "outside to play" while it was on.
Nearly 50 years later, this book, in conjunction with the MPI videos, pulls open the heavy draperies onto the magical story line of all things Collins. I wish I could share this book with Grandmother. She would have been as delighted with the back stories as I now am.
For each of the major actors and actresses information is given on what they did in Dark Shadows, but also what they did before they were on the show and what they did after they were on the show. The information for each person is very detailed, as is virtually everything in the book.
What I found most interesting, though, was the incredible hard work these people did. Most of them were in numerous stage plays and/or on television shows and/or in movies. It has to be hard to learn all the lines in plays and in scripts and then perform then, sometimes hundreds if not thousands of times.
A lot of the people had gone through divorces and other difficulties in their lives. A lot of them had a background in stage work, and many had been in various Shakespearean plays. The book presents the human side of those in the show. It's a fascinating read.