Dark Passages

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Dark Passages is a coming-of-age story encapsulating the romance and innocence of JFK’s Camelot era and the tumultuous "dark passages" of Meg Harrison, a vampire raised by her mother to resist the temptation of human blood. Meg arrives in New York determined not to use her vampiric gifts to fulfill her dream of becoming an actress. She joins the cast of the cult hit Dark Passages, only to face her nemesis, a beautiful 300-year-old witch bent on destroying her. Their rivalry leads to a final confrontation as the ...

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Overview

Dark Passages is a coming-of-age story encapsulating the romance and innocence of JFK’s Camelot era and the tumultuous "dark passages" of Meg Harrison, a vampire raised by her mother to resist the temptation of human blood. Meg arrives in New York determined not to use her vampiric gifts to fulfill her dream of becoming an actress. She joins the cast of the cult hit Dark Passages, only to face her nemesis, a beautiful 300-year-old witch bent on destroying her. Their rivalry leads to a final confrontation as the telekinetic vampire and spell-weaving sorceress engage in a spectacular battle for supremacy. It takes all of Meg’s wit and tenacity to defeat the witch and win the affections of a handsome young mortal with a secret life of his own. In the end, Meg realizes that the powers she always denied within herself are not a curse, but a blessing.

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Publishers Weekly
Gothic undertones and a removed voice mark Scott's first novel, a thinly veiled reminiscence of her star turn on the 1960s supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows. Meg Harrison is a closeted vampire who only feeds on animals. She flees farm life for the big city to become a Playboy bunny and join the cast of Dark Passages, a daytime show with vampires. A merry-go-round of supporting characters and events adds detail if not depth. Scott plows through the story arc as though it were a sequel to her memoir, The Bunny Years, rather than fiction meant to entertain. Vegetarian Meg is a sheep in vamp's clothing and unlikely to appeal to paranormal romance or horror fans, but her story will be a hit with Dark Shadows aficionados whose appetites have been whetted by news of Tim Burton's forthcoming film adaptation of the show. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Scott uses her background as an actress on the original 1960s TV series Dark Shadows and a stint as a Playboy Bunny for the setting of her rather bland debut novel. Meg Harrison, born a vampire, heads for New York City to try her hand at an acting career. She takes a job at the local Playboy Club until, as fate would have it, she is offered a part in the new daytime soap Dark Passages. Supernatural events begin happening both in the script and in real life. A villainous witch, it turns out, has a very old grudge against Meg's family. What could have been an engrossing story is instead boring and uncomplicated. Some of the behind-the-scenes making of segments are interesting but not enough for a reader to pick up this book. Strictly for fans of Dark Shadows and of the author. [Scott recently shot a cameo for Tim Burton's forthcoming Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp.—Ed.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780938817833
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Press
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,495,000
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Scott

Kathryn Leigh Scott starred in the show for four years and has written 11 books including My Scrapbook Memories of Dark Shadows. She lives in Los Angeles.

The actor most associated with Dark Shadows, Jonathan Frid portrayed the reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins in the show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Really???

    Thats all I can say " Really??" Its her. Its all about her. She put her face on the cover...really?? She cant write. She was all over the place. Lara Parker is a much better writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Very enjoyable!

    A quick, enjoyable read! Not for hard-core vampire genre fans, but if you were/are a fan of the Dark Shadows TV series of the 1960s/70s, you will find yourself smiling at many of the descriptions and references to the series in this novel. I was hoping throughout the entire novel that this would not be a stand alone. The ending gives a strong hint that it is the first in a series. I am very much looking forward to Kathryn Leigh Scott's next novel.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Vampire fans/Dark Shadows fans will love this novel!

    Dark Shadows fans will be delighted with Kathryn Leigh Scott's new novel, Dark Passages. Vampires, soap operas, and a young woman are explored in this book and will keep you turning the pages until the last one is read. I highly recommend this book, being a Dark Shadows fan myself, but also as a vampire lover. Ms. Scott has a writing style that flows smoothly and keeps a captive audience all the way through this wonderful novel!

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

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    This is for vampire fans a must read

    Farmer Meg Harrison is a vampire who exclusively dines on animal blood; her choice cuts being easy to catch birds of squirrels. Meg goes out of her way to live a human lifestyle which is not hard since Stoker got very little right about her species.

    When Meg graduates from high school, she leaves the farm for the city where she plans to be a Playboy Bunny and audition for acting gigs. She is excited when she lands a part on the daytime soap opera Dark Passages. Life is great until Camilla the raging envious witch surfaces with a penchant for casting nasty spells as she seeks the boiled blood of a particular TV star.

    This is a fun paranormal historical urban fantasy starring a fascinating young vampire supported by a vast secondary cast and an atmospheric gothic story line; With 1960s icons as an anchor, readers will root for Meg as she battles three centuries old Camilla for queen of the "Dark Shadows" Hollywood Hills as Kathryn Leigh Scott shows her TV roots with this entertaining vampire thriller. This is for vampire fans a must read.

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted September 15, 2011

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