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Angelique and Barnabas. Lovers once upon a time, through treachery and deceit they have now become immortal enemies. To pay for her jealousy that left Barnabas damned to feast on the blood of humans, Angelique has been banished to the netherworld. Meanwhile, Barnabas lives a lie, carefully guarding his hellish secret from the unsuspecting mortals with whom he lives — including Victoria Winters, the ethereally beautiful governess ...
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Angelique and Barnabas. Lovers once upon a time, through treachery and deceit they have now become immortal enemies. To pay for her jealousy that left Barnabas damned to feast on the blood of humans, Angelique has been banished to the netherworld. Meanwhile, Barnabas lives a lie, carefully guarding his hellish secret from the unsuspecting mortals with whom he lives — including Victoria Winters, the ethereally beautiful governess to the Collins family.
Determined to escape her dark imprisonment, Angelique conjures a diabolical plan that will make her flesh again. Using her psychic powers, she will send another vampire to destroy Barnabas, completely. But as she will soon discover, the powers of darkness will find their match in the burning light of innocence . . . and love.
Vividly imagined, grippingly written, each Dark Shadows novel is filled with the eroticism, supernatural suspense, and spellbinding storytelling that has made this classic daytime serial a timeless hit.
My name is Victoria Winters. For two centuries the great house of Collinwood has stood high atop Widows' Hill, its rooms and hallways haunted by shadows of a turbulent, fear-laden past. For generations the family who lives there has been similarly haunted, its secrets tumultuous enough to match the storms that constantly batter the bluffs overlooking the sea.
Now, one young woman has been stricken by a terrible fear of night, for reasons she can neither understand nor accept without a challenge. But in discovering the truth behindher fear, she may encounter a danger more pervasive, more menacing than any she has known before. And though she doesn't realize it, soon she will meet a stranger whose mysterious heart may rival the darkness of Collinwood itself.
"Vicki, Barnabas is downstairs. He wants to see you."
Victoria Winters turned from the darkening landscape outside her bedroom window and looked at the doorway. A young blond woman stood with her brightly painted fingers pressed against the frame. Carolyn was in her early twenties, slender and attractive, with a slight air of haughtiness about her, dressed in an expensive yet casual pair of slacks and a tight red angora sweater. Carolyn always did know how to attract attention. Vicki, on the other hand, thought of herself as plain, with brown eyes, long brown hair, and simpler outfits fitting her position as a governess. She did not polish her nails, she wore very little makeup on the delicate features of her face, and although others had described her as comely, it was a label with which she did not feelaltogether comfortable.
"What does he want? Did he say?" Victoria asked softly.
Carolyn shrugged, tossing her long hair back from her shoulder. "I don't know. But I said you'd be right down. You will, won't you? And for heaven's sake, don't talk with him all night. You and I are going into town to have some fun, to shake off the doldrums, don't forget."
"Is that a yes? You'll be right down?"
"In a minute. I'll be right down," Victoria said, then looked back out the window. She could hear Carolyn sigh, then pull away from the door and move down the long hall.
The sun had vanished a short while ago beyond the ridge, fading in the west behind the rim of tall trees; the shadows of twilight had lost their substance, sucked into the vast darkness that was Collinwood.
It was nighttime at last. Her vigil was over.
Victoria rubbed her arms and took a long, silent breath, letting go of the discomfort that had knotted in her chest. Each evening for the last week, she had come up to her room on the western side of the huge mansion to watch the sun go down. It wasn't that she enjoyed the changing colors in the sky, or the shifting temperature of the coastal air, the shimmering of autumn leaves in the twilight breeze, or the onset of the sounds of night creatures-the locusts, the whippoorwill, the owl. But recently she had felt a need to witness the death of day because if she did not see it happen, if she did not watch the encroaching shadows carefully, something might materialize in the dark that could take her by surprise.
Something that could harm her.
By day, she knew it was silly to imagine she had some power over the unseen with her ritual, but when her afternoon lessons with David were done and the day was growing long, the compulsion came upon her again and she was drawn to her room to watch the sun set.
It's like peeking under a bed to chase away the bogeyman, she scolded herself. It's like crossing my fingers or whistling past a graveyard.But the impulse was obsessive. Where the need had suddenly come from, she did not know. And why, she couldn't guess.
Carolyn referred to Victoria's reaction to nightfall as "night jitters." A trite euphemism, Victoria knew, because Carolyn, so independent and outgoing, could never understand how intense the apprehension was — a dread of what lurked after the world had given itself to the mercy of the dark.
Outside, not far from Victoria's window, towering above the October-brown grass of the Collinwood lawn, an ancient copper beech tree stood like a sinister sentinel, watching her through her panes. It was one of the last things visible as night fell. During the day, it was awe-inspiring, its massive branches coiled and expansive, reaching to all sides and to the clouds. But by night it seemed to Victoria to be able to breathe, move, and even think much as a human did — its intent purely malevolent. Sometimes she dreamed that the tree pulled itself up from its ancient roots, clambered across the grass, and reached in with sharp, clutching limbs to catch her around the throat and strangle the life from her.
Victoria put her hand to her forehead; a headache had begun to throb. She turned from the window, sat on the edge of her bed and slipped on her plain black pumps. She needed to go out with Carolyn tonight. It was the normal thing for a young woman to do: just go out and have fun. Night had come; sunset was over. She needed to straighten up, go downstairs and speak to Barnabas, then get into Carolyn's car and head for town.
But fun was not something Victoria was used to. As far back as she could remember, her life had involved work, study, and little more. She had been raised at the Hammond Foundling Home in New York, in a dormitory for girls under the watchful eye of a stem but not unkind housemother. She attended school at the orphanage as well, excelling in nearly every subject but never quite fitting in with the other girls, who, with the onset of adolescence, became gritty and sassy with each other and with adults.
Dark Shadows #12. Copyright © by Stephen Rainey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Posted April 21, 2000
Another winner for HarperCollins Publishing in the new Dark Shadows series. I couldn't put the book down. Suspenseful. Romantic. Brought the characters from the TV series alive again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 2, 2000
Dreams of the Dark was a great surprise to me, as I always loved this tv show and didn't know there were new books. This has sharp writing and a fast moving story. The ending took me by surprise, a very touching scene. Read it for yourself, and I hope to see more of these on the way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2000
This novel is pure Dark Shadows, and a pleasure to read! I have no idea what the previous reviewer was referring to when he/she said that chunks of plot were 'skimmed over so that the sex scenes can be replayed in great minutiae.' Perhaps this reviewer was thinking of another book, or finds vampire sensuality offensive. The sex in this novel is actually quite brief (and there is but one sex scene,) but it very sensuous and very plot-driven. Vampires don't supress their desires. They give in to them. And readers who are Dark Shadows fans should give in to this great story, to relive the old show and to remember great characters!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 27, 2000
The underlying story is great, but the authors don't fully exploit it. Many potential storylines are overlooked. The writing style is very simplistic, which makes reading fast, but not very detailed. Big chunks of the plot are skimmed over so that the sex scenes can be replayed in great minutiae, which is totally non Dark Shadow like. (Dark Shadows was the *only* soap of its time to break away from that trend.) The first few chapters are really the best, especially the introduction of Angelique and Rathborn. Very few cliffhangers, also non Dark Shadow like.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 1999
This is REAL Dark Shadows, a book fans new and old alike will find delicious and gothic and un-put-downable. The characters are true to the 'spirit' of the show, in particular Barnabas, Vicki, Elizabeth, Roger, Carolyn and David, and the descriptions of Collinwood are so perfect it was as if I was walking the estate myself. I miss having Julia around but that didn't take away from a suspenseful story. This is a must!
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Posted December 6, 1999
I could not put the book down, read it in two and half days. Excellent. Very well written. You could just hear Victoria if you closed your eyes for a moment and think back to the show. Oh and Thomas Rathburn, he could bite me anytime. What a character. I recommend this book highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.