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In Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch Barnabas Collins, the vampire hero of the series, has recently become a human again through the efforts of his devoted descendent Dr. Julia Hoffman and is living in current day Collinsport, Maine trying to adjust to normal life. Although engaged to marry Dr. Hoffman, he falls in love with a mysterious woman named Antoinette who has bought the ruins of "the old house" on the Collins estate and is restoring it while living with a band of hippies in the woods. Antoinette settled in ...
In Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch Barnabas Collins, the vampire hero of the series, has recently become a human again through the efforts of his devoted descendent Dr. Julia Hoffman and is living in current day Collinsport, Maine trying to adjust to normal life. Although engaged to marry Dr. Hoffman, he falls in love with a mysterious woman named Antoinette who has bought the ruins of "the old house" on the Collins estate and is restoring it while living with a band of hippies in the woods. Antoinette settled in the area because her daughter is being treated in a nearby mental hospital. Her daughter suffers from flashbacks to her previous incarnation as Miranda du Val who was burned as a witch in the Salem witch trials. One of the judges who condemned her to death was a Collins—Barnabas's ancestor. Barnabas is desperate to win Antoinette's love and to protect her and her daughter from the new vampire that he suspects is attacking the inhabitants of Collinsport.
“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
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Posted May 17, 2012
Lara Parker is a very good author, I was a Dark Shadows TV fan 40 yrs ago and this tale is very well written and is nothing like those TV vampire soaps, not in an Anne Rice league, but this will sit next to my, Rice, King, McCammon fang books, cann't wait to read more Lara Parker
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Posted December 28, 2011
My mom got me into Dark Shadows because of Netfix.
I was watch the season three opener, then I thought...
What will a search of Dark Shadows bring me..
1. A good book
So what I'm trying to sayis that I think this will be a very good book!
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In 1971 Collinsport, the vampire Barnabas Collins has been changed into a mortal thanks to the medical elixir Dr. Julia Hoffman created. Although he asked Julia to marry him and she accepted his proposal, Barnabas is curiously reluctant to tell the family. He finds his newfound humanity a weakness and regrets losing the intensity he felt as a vampire. The Old House has been sold to flower child Antoinette, who bears a striking resemblance to Angelique, the woman who made him a vampire. --- Barnabas tries to woo Antoinette but she is more interested in his cousin Quentin then him. He follows her to a séance in Salem where they are thrust back in time to 1692, the time of the witch trials. Miranda Duval has been accused of witchcraft and will be judged by those who want her land and her farmhouse. Both Antoinette and Barnabas try in different ways to save Miranda who is Antoinette¿s troubled daughter in 1971. Barnabas also must track down the vampire that has entered Collinwood and who has already killed at least one person but he has no idea who that person is and his own humanity limits what he can do. --- Lara Parker, the actress who played Angelique on the first Dark Shadows television show, has written another chapter in the Collins saga. While one subplot takes place in 1971, much of the tale takes place in Salem at the height of the witch trials where another branch of the Collins family has settled and plays an important role in the fate of Miranda. Fans of the series will love reading about characters that they enjoyed watching three decades ago. She captures their essence so fans will appreciate getting reacquainted with interesting people that they haven¿t seen for years. --- Harriet Klausner
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This is a nice follow up to the two previous books by Parker. I think Dan Curtis would be happy to see Dark Shadows have a proper continuation. The series of books Lara Parker has written live up to what the old fans want and also opens the door for new readers of the genre. It will be interesting to see where she takes the characters next. The latest novel gives equal time to the major characters from the tv show including Quentin and Elizabeth who we see a new light. The prohibition era storyline segment of the book works very well and gives new details about the history Collins family. A very good read for fans or the uninitiated. My only complaint is that I have to wait for the next book from Ms. Parker. I hope the wait is not too long.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2013
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Old friends and new, vile fiends. The living, the dead, the undead, and the immortal all existing together in the strange tapestry known as Collinwood. No one is as he or she seems, and secrets are as palpable and elusive as the shadows that lurk in every corner.
Quentin’s portrait is missing, and with every passing hour, his chances for a normal existence grow slimmer and slimmer. He blames Antoinette, who in turn blames her daughter, Jackie, for the disappearance of this most important piece of artwork.
David Collins, besotted by Jackie’s mysterious aura, has sworn to do everything in his power to help her find the picture and return it to its rightful owner. But the only clue is a vision that Jackie has of its location, and it is not very clear.
Meanwhile, other denizens of the paranormal are seeping out of the foundation of the house. Barnabas, who has returned to the world of the undead, now has a companion: Dr. Julia Hoffman, the physician who had made him human again, and in the process turned the curse upon herself. Barnabas still yearns for Antoinette, and will do anything to have her. He despises Julia for her thoughtless decision to enter into his world of misery. His decisions almost costs him his existence.
David and Jackie pursue their own ideas, about themselves, each other, and the portrait. When a short ride in a mysterious green Duisenberg causes them to travel back in time to the 1920s, David finds that many of his forebears had dark secrets of their own. He also finds–a second portrait. But will it do the magic that is needed to restore Quentin to a normal life?
Who is hiding what? Can anyone be trusted? What is the relationship between Elizabeth, the matriarch of the family, and Quentin? What is the shameful secret intimated by Dr. Blair, who ramrods his way into Collinwood, seeking answers and fame?
And always, like the faraway beat of a drum in the night: Angelique, Angelique, Angelique.
David, with the stubborn, hard-headed attitude he’s always had, may be the only person who can get to the bottom of the mysteries surrounding his home, and be the sole savior of his family’s lives.
Yep, I’m one of those kids who “raced home every day after school” to immerse myself in the series “Dark Shadows”. This past week I’ve been racing home from work to immerse myself in this book.
Ms. Parker has done a beautiful job bringing these characters back to life. In this, her third book of the series, she has woven a spell-binding story that has captured the true spirit of “Dark Shadows”. The nuances and gestures are exactly what I remember–made more clear by watching the series recently–and even the placement of furniture and room appointments are spot-on.
The story line follows what a “Dark Shadows” aficionado would expect, but where the thread goes is all new.
Any child who was ever a victim of bullying would definitely be delighted by how Jackie solves the problem of the boys who follow her through the woods, their purposes far more sinister than mere taunting.
And the nod to “Casablanca”–I was happily surprised. That was a lot of fun.
There are the original characters, of course, but Ms. Parker has brought us new villains to boo and new heroes to cheer. Her descriptions of, well, everything–from the falling snow to the lolling tongues of coyotes in the woods–are so real and life-like, the reader would swear he/she was right in the middle of the story.
Perhaps you are…
And, just like the series, it ended all too soon. Ms. Parker, I hope you have another story on its way. I miss the world of Collinwood already.
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"My name is Ahwen," announces a young brown wolf,"and I am the new leader of Fear Pack! If you're here now, you're either joining, spying, or checking it out. Well, if you came to join, you made the right decision! Here at Fear Pack, you will learn to sneak through the shadows, run fast, fight strong, and basically become great! It all starts here! THIS! IS! FEAR PAAAACK!!"
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