The Tandem Is Back! (Halloween 2018)

Tandem is Back 2018c

 

Enthusiastic history and future of this show. Why the Q & A works so well. Thanks to pen pals and encouragement to folks who want to get in touch. How the like-button is very harmful. Advice as to how to get your own tandem and skills to return.

 
Variables in the growth of The Pit series, including how Helena Clara Bouchet and I became friends.

 
Silly gossip versus good gossip. How old and new episodes are built. Reaching 21 due to what’s happening in 20, a scene with Maggie Evans and Carolyn Stoddard. Working with memory and reincarnation.

 
How small things can cause major problems such as The Northeast Blackout of 1965.

 
Finding the right people, much appreciation and fun stories.

 
A little discussion about the novel in terms of embracing the darkness.

 


 

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Background music for this podcast:

“Distant Thunder” by Fata Morgana (1995)

“Night in a Graveyard” – Haunted House Music Co. (1985)

“The Lodge” by Agalloch (2002)

“Distant Voices” by View (1993)

 


 

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Happy Halloween!

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The Home of Caleb Collins (Or Is It?)

I have been going through various files to organize and make room to get new demos completed for The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows audio drama. We’re on Episode 18 for Pit Crew pre-release, 19 for production, and 20 for rough draft script and demo in the works.

Meanwhile I was going through a delightful message that I sent to a friend at the beginning of 2016. It delves a bit into my re-watching of Dark Shadows, episode 294 and thereabouts. This included discovering I wasn’t far from adequate in getting the details right about The House of Caleb Collins that Victoria Winters fell in love with. Most of the message I wrote is as follows.


 

O…M…G… Remember how I was so worried about making a mistake with Caleb’s house, a.k.a. The Seaview property, or House by The Sea, not to be confused with House by The Ocean that amounts to the same thing so what the hell?

I’ve been re-watching the episodes in which Victoria Winters is glowing with ecstasy over this house. She describes it with poetic reverie, her face is alight with adoration, as she relates to the home’s majesty, well-kept condition, it’s beauty and relationship to the ocean, it’s glorious views from each window. Even Burke and Barnabas agree that it’s grand. And then? Well, view the photo I’ve attached.

 

294 After Victoria's glowing description of Seaview, it's majesty and enormity... I ain't buying this as Caleb's house!

As far as I am concerned the writers of the program and the stock footage people were not apprised of each other.

 

You may imagine I am much less worried about the discrepancy between House by The Sea and House by The Ocean. Perhaps they aren’t precisely one and the same, but they sure as hell aren’t completely different. I think I will boil this down to continuity flaws and grey areas, a bit like a shelf made of sawdust and glue being deemed as “fine craftsmanship”.


 

It put my mind to rest once again as I found this today. Of course I didn’t create a log entry about it in 2016 as I was still fighting off the addiction to social networks, as much as I thought I’d already conquered that earlier, but I was still on the right track as far as that topic went, too.

As some of my audience might know, I have conversations with my adopted characters.

These conversations are in my imagination and are only “real” in as much as anticipating creative endeavours to come to life.

When I showed Caleb Collins this image of his house I related that it didn’t match Victoria’s description of it.

 

NOT my beautiful house

 

His response was: “It matches my mood!”

 

And? Perhaps this is the great possibility in how I fleshed out the ghostly form of Caleb Collins. Something was accurate in the image of what looks to be a crumbly barn more than an elegant home: The mood of the occupant haunting the house.

 

Just wanted to show off a bit of a spooky house that is mainly only dilapidated in visual stock-footage appearance rather than story-description looks.

 

Hey, it’s October, and as far as I’m concerned this house is haunted. Cheers. ^_^

Non-Crackly Spoilercast (October 2018)

2018 October Non-Crackly

 

After a few words of wisdom via Osheen Nevoy, a bit of personal news which includes Michaelmas and how we celebrate September 29th each year. Updates about upcoming episodes in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows: 18, 19, and some discussion about the rough draft completion of episode 20.

 
Understanding The Addams Family, Barnabas and Maggie growing as a couple, comparisons between characters in fun spooky and drama spooky, how Chris Jennings will be handled, working with Captain Gregg, needing help with Amy, David and upcoming ghosts, how I’m keeping Tony Peterson in the show.

 
Thoughts and theories about Josette duPres’ character as a reincarnation. It’s still a mystery overall but *what* a mystery! ^_^ (Touching on a few other stories entailing reincarnation.)

 
Focusing on the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who, how we’ve been enjoying that, how far we’ve gotten re-watching it, as well as factors in the culmination of my ideas to include The Doctor back in 2013.

 
Current considerations of how older fans of Dark Shadows might react badly to Halloween and the possibilities of why; essentially another generation gap between younger fans and elder fans. (Fellow Goths: If you don’t understand your parents? This just might help a little bit.)

 

 


 

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