2019 September (Update + ?)

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Yes! My calmer self is speaking these days. Discussing why this show ended up being more me talking over details than the radio drama project part of it: commercialism online was a massive component of that and what commercialism did to our social lives. Seeing the difference in community organized creations versus commercial creations.

Topics in my consideration of a potential Dark Shadows continuation program, digesting that and how it might affect everything. How I’ve digested other series apart from Dark Shadows, and how friends have made adjustments for other new releases. Also why I and others chose Dark Shadows to view. Making choices about other entertainment productions (Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.) How a new show doesn’t really change anything for Interruption fanwork.

My delving into Dark Shadows movie fanfiction, having fun with that and why I enjoy it. The choices that I make with productions by Burton & company, as well as my being in the middle for those, along with what precious few fun-spooky flicks we had prior to Burton’s work. Why it’s helpful to do longer reviews in a chronological format.

Some addressing to the pen pals, keep in touch, thank you!


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14 September 2019

Hello, folks.

Just wanted to post a newer reference. I hope you’re all feeling better. I am, and it’s from using a lot of internet pieces much less. True, I’m still on a computer a lot, but that doesn’t necessarily mean “being online”. (I also have memories of using computers before the internet. I remember cassette tapes having programs on them too, before floppy disks over took that.)


Anyway, I’m content with my escape routes, though a bit shaky. We have to admit we have gone through some awful troubles with all of this online stuff. There are old friends and a few family members I miss that I will likely never hear from again due to what all the scarier online addictions did to our social lives, not to mention our brains and emotions.


Even me, who did so much to keep to myself, got roped into the turmoil and created more to get the attention that the attention economy was programming me to do as well. Getting spazzed out and messed up surely didn’t help my social life as was advertised in many social media opportunities. Yes, it is very confusing to see hearts, stars, happy-faces, “likes” and friendly icons all over zones that pretty much infuse people with outrage, hate-speak, anger and emptiness. Confusing to say the least!


And I got to record myself going through it! Remember my intro to Episode 8 (or was it 10 or 11?) where I happily admitted a certain social network “was actually *good* for something!”? We had been skeptical in the beginning, remember? We ought of to have stayed far more than skeptical, my friends. (Mum and Auntie did, bless their hearts!)


Well, do heave a sigh. Breathing will help. I’m slowly gaining a variation of my new life and new friends coupled with a few of the old friends and life. I hope you all are doing this as well, and that it is healthy and helping to remove some of the damage we’ve all been through (and some are still going through.)


take care,




P.S. I’d say “get in touch”, but it’s likely you’re not ready yet. Hopefully this is from total embarrassment instead of hate or becoming a vegetable. If you’re embarrassed that would be incredibly human on a higher level. (Yes, you TOO can be Barnabas Collins, and more so now than ever before! Yikes.)

Spoilercast-Update (August 2019)

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Gratitude to pen friends all over. Explanation of how the closet-listeners came into being and how they behave. Hence, I avoid them in return.  (Ah, the fascinating absurdity.)

Mentions of more tech communities who prefer humane methods. Then onward to further spoilers for Pit Episode 21 (twenty-one)!

A little explanation of our friend, Seamus, mentioned in previous podcasts, as well as his own reaction, likely very familiar to closet-listeners, to The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. (One of my hypotheses was correct!)

Going through a list of highlights that would help to alleviate the communication problems with listeners of this series. Believe it or not, though I prefer you believe this: As much as there are some people who request and want “critiquing”? There are also some of us that don’t! (Yes, what a shock…) Then a description of how we all became monsters with this idea of criticizing ‘everything’. (Myself included.)

Concern over the younger generation and my little offerings of helping a tiny corner of that.


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Pit Notes (DS Episodes 640 -700)

Yes, I am still working on the radio play here. My notes may make very little sense to most subscribers I have, but I’m using this entry to provide what notes I’ve taken and where we’re heading. I intend to augment this entry several times over the years on this site. (This is the internet: It’s all storage space.)


I just need a baseline of linear adherence to follow as we go along and relieve the problems occurring in the original Dark Shadows storylines… Please bear this in mind if you read these notes…

I spent most of the evening typing up this stuff from printed Dark Shadows books and booklets. I’ve added a precious *few* thoughts as to what will be altered in the future for a relief-series. Again, I aim to go through it all and change around my plans and I have cut what The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows has already “cured” or doesn’t “need” as we “relieve” the metaphysical dumping ground that is Collinsport.

“My Scrapbook Memories…” summaries are re-typed in bold.
My DVD summary entries are re-typed in italics.


{Page 132 in “My Scrapbook Memories of Dark Shadows”}:

Chris Jennings comes to Collinsport and a series of terrible deaths follow.


His sister Amy, who had been a patient at Wyndcliff, is accepted into the Collins house. She and David go exploring throughout Collinwood and find an old-fashioned telephone. It’s disconnected but an entity on the other end, Quentin, directs the children to a mysterious sealed-up room in the closed-off West Wing. The chapter contains Victorian furniture, a gramophone and a skeleton. Quentin and a female spirit, Beth, appear. Both ghosts exert their influences: Quentin for evil; Beth, ineffectually for good. Quentin’s orders to David, which include poisoning Chris Jennings, become increasingly evil…

640: Amy and David conduct a séance to contact the spirit of Quentin Collins.

642: Séance conducted in which the spirit of Magda pipes up.

643: Amy tells David that Quentin is angry. Spirits visit them as they enter the west wing.

644: Roger discovers David and Amy are missing. David hears Quentin’s music.

645: David and Amy find what they believe to be the skeleton of Quentin.

646: The ghosts of Quentin and Beth Chavez silently appear to David and Amy.

647: Professor Stokes brings Janet Findley, a medium, to find the spirit possessing Collinwood.

648: David and Amy lock Madame Findley in the secret passageway at Collinwood.

649: Madame Findley hears the old disconnected telephone ring.

651: Following a visit… Chris transforms into a werewolf.

652/653: Maggie is… new governess. Someone is attacked by werewolf.

654: Chris turns into the werewolf again.

656: Barnabas decides that David and Amy should go on a trip to Boston with him and Maggie. [Barnabas and Maggie on a trip? Ooo-la-la!]

668: Carolyn convinces Chris Jennings to move into Matthew Morgan’s old cottage.

669: David locks Mrs. Johnson inside the cottage. [Little twerp.]

670: Maggie goes to the cottage as Chris is undergoing a transformation.

672: While walking through the woods, Carolyn is attacked by the werewolf.

673: Barnabas informs Chris about the attack on Carolyn. Amy burns Chris’ blood-stained shirt.

674: Carolyn’s friend Donna visits and is attacked by the werewolf.

675: The sheriff takes Chris into custody and Barnabas attempts to prove his alibi.



[page 133] …the strange manlike creature which has been making those savage attacks and the increasingly unusual behaviour of the children.

After a direct encounter with the werewolf, [Barnabas’] suspicions fall on Chris Jennings. Convinced that this man is actually the “wolf that walks like a man”, and positive, from his oblique conversations with Jennings, that the man is suffering from an involuntary affliction, he enlists Julia’s aid. [In our case, it’s a group effort and we enlist “everyone’s” aid.] But Julia’s research proves inconclusive. [In The Pit, we have a zillion other fandoms to help out. Aid will arrive, come hell or hilarity.]



676: Chris tells Barnabas of the night when he first changed into a werewolf.

677: The spirits of Quentin Collins poisons Chris. Julia and Barnabas find him unconscious.

678: Beth Chavez’s ghost warns Amy that Quentin is trying to poison Chris.

679: When David sneaks into the west wing at Collinwood, Maggie secretly follows him.

680: After Maggie punishes David he threatens to get even. In the west wing Maggie sees Quentin.

681: Maggie tells of her encounter in the West Wing and returns there with…

682: Barnabas calls on Professor Stokes who proposes a séance to contact the spirit of… [originally Janet Findley.]

683: The ghost of Beth appears to Chris and shows him a place in the woods where a child’s coffin is located.

684: Barnabas contacts elderly jeweler Ezra Braithwaite to learn about the pentagram found in the child’s coffin.

685: Quentin’s ghost appears to to Ezra, who realizes he is the same Quentin he knew at Collinwood as a young man.

686: Roger returns… and learns that Barnabas has accused David of stealing Ezra’s record book.

687: When Chris begins to feel his is changed, Barnabas rushes him to the mausoleum secret room.

688: Ned Stuart tells Barnabas about his sister Sabrina [oh, finally!] who was once going to marry Chris.

689: Quentin appears to David and causes him to feel as if he were on fire.

690: While Maggie searches for David and Amy, she hears Quentin’s maniacal laughter. [Likely canned.]

691: Quentin attacks Maggie. His vintage music is heard by Elizabeth and Mrs. Johnson.



At Collinwood, the spirit of Quentin has become very strong. He is able to murder a medium [not in our plans here, she’ll manage easily] whom Professor Stokes brought in and survives Stokes’ own exorcism of the house. David is now almost completely under Quentin’s spell. Beth has been able to protect Amy somewhat, but the evil influence has become so powerful that everyone is forced to leave and move in with Barnabas at the Old House.


692: [Elizabeth and Julia] are convinced that the children are possessed by a pair of ghosts.

693: Professor Stokes performs an exorcism on Collinwood, but Quentin sets the room on fire.

694: Everyone abandons Collinwood and Quentin’s laughter is heard echoing through the empty mansion.

695: David and Amy sneak into Collinwood and destroy the antique telephone used to communicate with Quentin.

696: After searching for Maggie, Barnabas finds he dressed in a 19th century gown, unable to remember her name. {The gown is the colours of Josette’s bedroom, light-blue, white trim, green sash (green like the drapes.)}

697: When Sabrina sees Barnabas’ wolf’s head cane, she begins to remember what happened two years earlier.

698: In the secret room of the mausoleum, Chris turns into a werewolf even though there is no full moon.

699: A connection between Chris and Quentin is decided upon. Barnabas and Maggie search the west wing.

700 [current goal]: Barnabas insists on using the I Ching wands to make contact with Quentin and to save David. (What about saving Chris? G’ah!) [Maybe everyone else insists on singing him to 1897 with The Time Warp song.]



Exploring Collinwood for clues, Barnabas and Stokes come across the blocked-off room. There they find a set of I Ching wands [or perhaps “The Time Warp” song lyrics] which, as Stokes explains,”Are the oldest known form of divination.” Barnabas asks if it would be possible to use these wands to contact Quentin. Stokes agrees to guide him in his attempt.

Barnabas uses the wands as a focus to enter a hypnotic trance. Instead of contacting Quentin, he finds himself trapped in his coffin, a vampire once more, and transported to 1897, a time at which Quentin is very much alive.



[A much later goal 959, Chris and Sabrina resume their romance.]


And one image for the sake no one pays attention unless there is an image…


if youve got it haunt it


Idyllic Settings (And news…)

Hello All,

I’m pleased to see people giving a listen to the “2019 July Update” podcast without me having to share it on social media so far. (Mercury is in Retrograde so it’s just as well I don’t bother with that stuff. Big social networks are almost constantly like what “they say” about Mercury in Retrograde anyway.)

Just been going through all the mail and the piles are rather massive. A lotta good people who I let know how much I appreciate their kindnesses to me. The feeling is mutual. As to the sadder tales, well, I’ll have to sort through those and decide where to place them. Then some pen pals are just pen pals, and some of the people who ‘faded away’ gave me good, solid company through 2016-2018 and their amiable company helped enormously, so saying “farewell” to those letters doesn’t hurt. We did good together.

I am concerned about some of the younger DS fans, of course. I’ve been ruminating in my renewed solitude how unhealthy it was to encourage and pressure things like non-canon romances on the grounds that it was “trendy” or “popular” or would place you with the “in-crowd”. It wasn’t fair to you. And it certainly wasn’t fair to me.

A great many of the elder DS fans lost their following of the original features and began handing down to new fans something much different in scope, giving it the simple label of “Alternate Universe” and then skewing that title to be all that fanfiction is when it is not.

However, the new technology, riddled with casino elements straight outta Vegas and Reno didn’t do ANY of us any favours either! A whole lot more out there got corrupted than Dark Shadows, that’s for sure!

The irony to me in all of this, as I journey through my latest struggles is, “Hmm… yep! I was sold on the internet for the sake of good sites, librivox, wikipedia, Willie Loomis Saves Collinsport, Golden Girls shows and fans to talk to, Sailor Moon stuff and chat rooms, abebooks, hard to find goodies for purchase.” (Yes, people DO still sell 5-HTP, dammit! THEY “don’t make it anymore” because YOU want to sell me something ELSE! *raspberry*) And the days when craigslist was still pretty good and changed my life for the better. 🙂

So with that irony of being sold for using the internet? I eventually was, but then with social networking something crept in and suddenly that was no longer a choice. It used to be all about individual differences and choices and then suddenly it wasn’t, not so much. People we knew for decades changed, and it felt like it happened overnight that they changed. Will they change back? If at all it won’t be completely.

Finally, the thing that seemed to scare people above all else? I might just use non-internet avenues to accomplish my goals! Yes, I did. And not only did they work, they worked a LOT better! (((gasp!)))

And all the broo-ha over me. I’m cool with DS fans not wanting anything to do with The Pit or even to hear about it. They’ve made their choice. Whereas DS fans who go out of their way to look for me and what I do just to get angry and pissed off is another quandary. Don’t you all have something more important to do? Or do you actually enjoy The Pit show and can’t remember how to say so?

As for the guilt-ridden who do love The Pit episodes and know it? I hate guilt most of the time. You know why? Because it just makes people procrastinate in a lake of anxiety and woebegone circles. Then you reach the end of life and have nothing but regrets. It’s a waste of time. Is life and living important or isn’t it? We’re so raised with contradictions, aren’t we?

You can still get in touch, you know? Perhaps you can tell your tale of how you misplaced your manners. I’m sure it’s a fascinating story. I already got to tell the tale of how I misplaced my own manners, which were hard enough to procure before the internet. My tale is out there. What’s your tale?

And if you don’t want to talk about that and prefer to talk about Episode 14? (Or any others?) I’m sure that’s a fun chat too. That’s why I love my positive and fun comments. They keep me company and I love them for the shows I create as well as loving them for the personal insights to people. Someone talked about trying to listen while mowing the grass, then falling asleep during Episode 7 and being abruptly woken up by Neil Sedaka. It still makes me laugh to know. Or there was someone who wandered away at the end of Episode one and the dishwasher drowned out the All Due Respect list as the listener thought, “Oops, I bet that was important…” It still gives me a grin.

As to all the anger in the world, particularly over fiction: Well, why are you so upset? Sure there are “enemies”, but what would the world be like if there weren’t any? Or that the villain in us only popped up on rare occasions? What would it be like?

There may be no such thing as a Perfect World, but what kind of a world would be the closest to one? Can we describe what that is? Or can we only describe what it * isn’t *? If all we can do is point out the flaws, then we can’t comprehend what we want or what we prefer, can we?


I’ll give some examples of idyllic settings for me:

The Riverbank from “The Wind In The Willows” by Kenneth Grahame. (And the Thames series.)

Avonlea and Carlisle from “Anne of Green Gables” series and “The Story Girl” by L.M. Montgomery

Fairacre Village in a book series by Miss Read.

Virginia Avenue from “Vic & Sade”

The planet of New Delaware in “The Skulking Permit” by Robert Sheckley (on X Minus One)

Mister Rogers Neighborhood

and of course,

Sesame Street

All very good examples of how peaceful a world could conceivably be.

2019 July Update (Etc, Etc, Etc.)

2019 July Update 2


Difficulty in celebrating Dark Shadows and The Pit… As well as communication technology going bad. Appreciating Helena Clara Bouchet for being a non-canon AND canon romance fan. (Seriously!)

The perils with audience members attempting to be “critics”. Troubling responses from those *only* talking about what they *think* that ‘People’ think. (I’d much rather know what *you* think!)

Explaining all this to pen pals. Work on Pit episodes recently. Notes to those who always say “Change it!” with loving kindness to DS cast members.

Podcasts about the internet. (What was The Web like in 1999?) Discussing alterations in people’s behaviour with pen friends. Coming to terms with what Barnabas and Josette/Maggie fans have had to deal with for many years.

What I’ve been doing while utterly “wiped-out” including watching tons of Marx Brothers movies. Going through double overplays between our two centuries: 20th and 21st. (TV/youtube, mobile phones/telephones.)

If nothing else? I have finally done what I set out to do: Share the work to find the companionship. ^_^



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