Interview with New Fan: Melissa (podcast)

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(Autumn 2018/Spring 2016)

This podcast focuses on a new fan to Dark Shadows and why it makes sense that would-be good fans to this 1960’s television show don’t speak up. Melissa discusses her enjoyment of my fanwork, Dark Shadows and Jonathan Frid as well as Barnabas Collins. Our continual friendship flows through this podcast which is much attributed to Lisa Weyenberg connecting us. (Love you, Lisa!!!)


The interview displays what a new fan must contend with: Hate for Barnabas Collins, bizarre worship for Julia Hoffman. which has nothing to do with her strengths, feeling embraced on fan groups *at first* and then feeling like one must “stop talking”. Why Barnabas Collins is “the family guardian” and why Jonathan Frid is a class-act.


Melissa’s personal experiences with previous entertainers, such as David Warner and Sharon Lentz, and Melissa being able to talk to both of these wonderful people. Fun time with Melissa and I watching “Dark Shadows” as well as dealing with the new technology ruining all of our lives, and why. How social media destroys our relationships. Our watching an episode of “Dark Shadows” together, finally, and how fun it was.


Wrapping up with how Melissa ended-up unknowingly buying a bootleg copy of “Dark Shadows” and how she dealt with that after purchasing a true copy of the coffin box. Also providing a comparison of our making fun of Victoria Winters always saying “I don’t understand” into many fans becoming that very cliché.


At the end, I share a celebration of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, which is a show that is also provided by MPI Home Video. And a loving quotation for Melissa via all this.

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“I will not make any deals with you. I’ve resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My life is my own!”

– The Prisoner

6 thoughts on “Interview with New Fan: Melissa (podcast)

  1. cynthia curran says:

    Barnabas,why do you say I’m a cool Mouse/ Well, Barnabas said to Mickey Mouse, you just turn 90 years old and like me you don’t age.

  2. cynthia curran says:

    This is true that Barnabas does get smashed a lot by fans Roxanne is one that is not a Josette recarnation. I like the episode in 1840 when Barnabas bite her. I’m also dyslexic. Its not fun.

    • morlock13 says:

      Yes, that’s true. I consider it, but also in the nature of how television works. For daytime-drama there was a need to find a new love-interest but for later DS shows they kept going back to the old story, even if the reincarnation was altered to another character from the original.

  3. cynthia curran says:

    Angelique says he is mine. Josette the ghost says he is mine. Julia Hoffman says he is mine. Barnabas says girls stopped fighting over me.

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