Spoilercast-Update (May 2019)



Why “House of Dark Shadows” is a party movie, with much love and apologies all around.

Spoilers for Pit episodes (20) Twenty and (21) Twenty-One. It’s going to take a lot of effort for Chris Jennings to understand he’s in a relief-series now and not a soap-opera. Also a little consideration for how to word things with Bewitched characters.

How I came to learn about The Center for Humane Technology (humanetech.com) and how very important I consider their work, with incredible validation about my own social media experience, as well as the experiences from other pen pals. Theories on the discussion-avoidance problem.

I also talk about a self-taught trick I learned of *how* to pay better attention, there is a fun story about why I learned it. I hope it helps anyone who wants to improve their focusing skills. After that I share a treat of a memorable tool I grew up with from the 1980’s.


Discourse about grassroots help, and then: A heartfelt affirmation towards all those who love or enjoy “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows”.

Background music:

      “Pure Energy” – Information Society

“Me” – Zion De Gallier

“Living Room” – Broadcast

“Tangram” – Tangerine Dream

“Undertow (Spooky Remix)” – Lush

“Looking For You” – Patti Smith

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Also available on iTunes, as always…

“House of Dark Shadows” Saves The Day

I’ve just responded to one of the best letters I’ve received in years. I hope my new friend doesn’t mind if I discuss that here on WP. I was sure she was going to indulge in my own work better by watching the 2012 “Dark Shadows” film to get familiar with those characters. However, the contents of her letter showed that instead she viewed “House of Dark Shadows” from 1970! Oh, dear! It didn’t go down well, for which I am incredibly grateful!

Does this sound confusing to anyone? If so it’s because the strong memories of life in the 20th Century might be gone for you. They are not for us.

My friend loves movies of all sorts, but is also an admitted film-snob in certain regards: fun regards! Regards in which I delight hearing about. This is a world Joel Hodgson of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” found a way to share with many of us who understood, in a story-format that entailed coercion rather than choosing to view B-grade movies. (Mad scientists were making them watch the movies. They were not viewed on The Satellite of Love by choice, so it was less cruel to heckle openly in such a setting.)

With my new friend, her reaction to “House of Dark Shadows” was, well, to endure it. Hee hee hee! I feel blessed to read the words of her gazing into this world that makes more sense to myself as a viewer of the television show “Dark Shadows”. Also it was apologetic as if I prize this movie as one of the finest, which to me it is not. I love it, but I love it for other reasons.

Still, I wanted to express myself as being incredibly happy with this turn of events. Our exchange on this topic is stepping back into a world many of us knew before 2013. Movies exist to entertain us, whether they be our favourites or not. It’s for some of us to share in the delight or the “oh dear” together. They didn’t range into the ghastly realms of hate-speak or sacrilege to enjoy. They were our bonus stories to choose somewhere in our day when we were not working. Leisure in moving pictures and sound. How we took to them depending on who we were, our personalities, not the amount of “likes” we would garner for saying something outlandish or extreme.

I love this world. I grew up in this world in which things could be exciting or pleasurable in fiction. Analyzing the special effects was just a little something we did when the story seemed to go on a long time without dialogue. Sometimes we’d be argued with about our favourites but it didn’t get too heated most of the time. If someone wanted to get long-winded about why they disliked a film and we didn’t care, we’d open a book and wait for them to get it out of their system.

In the 1980’s Frank Oz once admitted, “When I get out of the theater I look around and ask, ‘Ok, what’s for dinner?’ I’m just like anybody else…” and then went on to describe a film he helped to create that really touched him and why. But that it was his experience, really, in the creation, so it would make sense he would want to discuss how important it was to him. He didn’t expect it to be of vital importance to every other last movie goer in the world.



When listeners hear my gratitude to pen friends in my podcasts it is no joke. I truly am grateful. Whatever we’ve paid so much money to become entangled with online is a far cry from what I would choose for myself. I’m happy to be less known, less hated, less put-upon, and spend my time with people of like-mind and interests.

Some new friends in this decade have asked me, “Are you famous?” and I’ve answered, “Maybe a bit…” But to another new friend I made in the last half decade, I expressed, “I might be more infamous…” and she smiled, “I think I like that more.”

As the ghost of Sarah Collins tells Maggie in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows, “Oh, it should turn out all right if you keep your wits about you.”


I feel … as though … said “wits” have been found. ❤


(((knock on wood)))

Moving on…

Howdy Doo,


Yes, that last show was rather exciting. Looks like a lot of people got excited. Well, heck, it was about time, right? Enough fooling around with a fun movie like “Dark Shadows” (2012) and turning it into “Thee Anti-Christ” for crying in yer beer…


Still, I was working on Ep. 21 this week, and not so much on the new show with the Ep. 15 Retrospective. However, I’m coming to recognize those retrospectives are more important than I thought! I mean the show I’m building is condensed “Dark Shadows” so it moves faster but then adding a bakers dozen other shows makes it that much more intense and wild, and maybe a breather of explaining all the details PER episode is necessary!


I’m also feeling like I’m alive again, which is strange enough. I’m yearning to watch my old Pippi Longstocking movies and not doing that either. I think it’s a good sign, though. I mostly dig the scenes where it’s just the kids playing around randomly. Good times…


But what I’m tripping on big time now, after all the bullcrap is, “YIKES! No wonder we all went koo-koo! No wonder I kept getting treated like some capitalist venture people had to bash. We were soaking, utterly and completely, as some still are, in a tsunami of commercialism brought to the online world and infecting our social lives!” I mean really, those “likes” are meaningless, stats don’t tell ya sh*t, but that’s a business model completely! Numbers and stats and all that crap: For THEM it means dollars, pounds, Euros, BANK… Then WE, the standard citizens, got our (usually) meaningful social lives roped into that! No profit for us, but it sure messes us up!


And I still get spasms here at wordpress too. People scope out their whatever topic, like-click my crap in the WP reader and think it’s gonna get ‘em somewhere. Nope! Maybe it’ll hit some wacky dopamine high, my friends, but it’s a racket and you’re still stuck in it.





And so, for now, I just wanted to relay that scariness. Oh, and I pray to Heaven that people aren’t too thrown off by the wake-up call when I explained the canon-pairing main romance for all of DS in my Chapters 6 – 10 podcast for “Margaret Josette Dupres”. It is continually being listened to and I am wagering that there are a ton of people either feeling some sense of relief, (or trying to combat the obvious information in aligning all versions of company-produced DS toward the Barnabas/Josette plus reincarnation romance-which can’t make one feel very good if they’ve been against it for decades and claimed to be a fan,) or there are other listeners who are probably thinking, “Oh… oh… that’s right… this was the main romance and great love-story and I either forgot or I never saw it staring straight at me.”


Well, for those coming to their senses? I just would like to reassure you of my earlier topic. It took me years to really comprehend that we got ourselves and our social lives roped into a commercial venture that messed many, many of us up, and some people are still there; they haven’t finished their wave of dupe-dom yet. (It all seems to work in a wave-pattern, I notice.)


So, again we can come back to the sound reasoning my Auntie told me a couple years ago about big social media stuff, and this is an echo from earlier days of sharp advertisers,


“They sure know how to get ya.”


They do. It’s their job to “get ya”. They make money “getting ya”. Long-ago it was the reason we “critiqued”: so they would be less likely TO “get ya”.


And once upon a time we had this better known emotion, which we called self-deprecation. Narcissistic tendencies enhanced in people makes them less likely to self-deprecate.


Barnabas Collins is good buddies with self-deprecation. (Angelique Bouchard? Not so much…)


Talk to you all later.