Margaret Josette Dupres, Chapters 6 – 10 (March 2019)

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Again, “Explicit” while being fairly clean for all that! This entry is the second podcast about the marriage novel, and exploring the chapters of it; six through ten.

I address one pointer of how to encourage me to share more of the novel so far. No high hopes on that score, of course.

This audio session goes through, step-by step, discussing what occurs in each chapter, my personal struggles and triumphs through this journey as well as the wonderful discussion that arrived from wonderful friends and kind strangers.

Chapters discussed are as follows:

Chapter Six – “A Broken Bed” (including the hilarious consequences…)

Chapter Seven – “Other Reactions” (Characters outside the marriage making the best of it.)

Chapter Eight – “The Whom of Many” (Yes, tons and tons of discussion from all sides about the author’s notes in the details of the big non-canon pairing of Julia/Barnabas.)

Chapter Nine – All of Us

Chapter Ten – Prior Disturbances Come To Haunt

Background music (which I would love to know that you purchased) for this podcast is:

Stoa’s “Maare” & “Hanuz Nitz” + Madonna’s “Human Nature”. (Although if you haven’t purchased a copy of “Human Nature” by now? I shall wonder what rock you were living under that was even farther sequestered into the ground than mine.)

Happy St. Patrick (McGoohan)’s Day!

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Margaret Josette Dupres, Chapters 1 – 5 (Valentine’s Day 2019)

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Listeners expecting to hear me swear will be disappointed. This entry is the long-awaited first podcast about the marriage novel, and exploring the chapters of it; one through five.

This audio session goes through, step-by step, discussing what occurs in each chapter, my personal struggles and triumphs through this journey as well as the wonderful discussion that arrived from wonderful friends and kind strangers who granted me a way to stop panicking from lack of talk and finally allowed me to begin sleeping again which had been a problem at the end of 2013 into the beginning of 2014.

Chapters discussed are as follows:

Chapter One – The Wedding Day

Chapter Two – The Wedding Night

Chapter Three – What We Whispered

Chapter Four – Josette Speaks

Chapter Five – Sharing The Past, The Present, And The Future

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Stoa’s “Sakrileg” & “La Lune Blanche” + Aurora Sutra’s “Consecrated Lover”.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Christmas (at least somewhat)

On this Christmas I received a gift. A fanwork of the Dark Shadows movie that I enjoyed. I also bestowed a gift; my delight in commentary. These are things many more of us once knew how to do, but I have been living in a tragic world in which much in the way of free thought and free will, the things that made us much different from other animals, the training to be something more, has been extracted from a large portion of the population.


I also managed to watch the new “Solo” film with my husband. He enjoyed how I found the brother of the director. Of course, as I learned from my Mum, anytime Ron Howard directs he will find a small part for his brother in it somewhere. But more so, I managed to keep track of the story and be pleased with the “Easter eggs”. Growing up with the old Star Wars trilogy presented me with the keen insight of what to look for and anticipate. Life experience gave me this treasure of ability, another thing more people used to have and were able to discuss.


Moreover it reminded me of Empires and Rebellions in general. Us rooting for the kind-hearted aspects in life and striving to achieve great accomplishments.


I am shaken that this uplifting sense in the human spirit has been traded in for the baser attractions, at least from where I am and have been on this journey. I see the numbers for downloads and reads still, and I do not assume enjoyment or understanding is being had. Instead I envision the probability of many listeners terrified of their own guilt, speechless for the sake that they got used to the short-cuts they were handed and relinquished their decision making skills. Or lack of understanding what’s being said, just making up other things to believe. (The latter happened before but it’s worse now.)


We had our social lives transferred into programs that, did not begin but, eventually became casino versions of communication. Our shared moments with loved ones deposited into a slot machine. Dazzling, attractive, and all meaning siphoned out of what we would call our souls, our minds, our preferred tastes and paths.


Upon recognizing this, how can one not be shaken to one’s core? Ah, yes. The pretending it’s “all okay”. Sure, life goes on. Let’s pretend that nothing changed, that people didn’t have fun engaging in dialogue much more often than they do today. I even notice the way the haters share my spots of recorded temper and I find those actions to be reflexive and automatic. The world of open-communication is now a new way to gossip and misunderstand, always presuming that everything online is gospel truth. Don’t ask the source. Ask a third party instead. You’ll get a more exciting answer that way.


Meanwhile I still see good numbers for Melissa’s interview podcast. They may not look the same in your iTunes browser, but I see other platforms. There are people listening to that one that don’t bother with the radio drama. I’m proud of her for saying things that I could never say, to get a view of what someone new has to endure for the sake of a television show. Also her good manners in approaching entertainers and how best to behave.


People who knew me during my panicked days are inquisitive. I’m just sitting calmly, perhaps working on a letter or a new embroidery design and listening to others. Not everyone is surprised by this, but several are looking twice. They knew the me that was stressed to my limit and beyond, the person that should have been treated better, but allowed to be abused via bystanders or others taught to be hateful and nasty. I knew I needed to find the right people, and I am finding them, as are they in want of their own people, having experienced similar friendship loss.


One very good friend now I met amidst the madness. She knew fandoms got rude and untrained people in the online world took hostile liberties to gain a sense of authority over others.


I looked at what she presented and observed, “Something bad happened.”


She heard my tale and troubles and assented in echo, “Something bad happened.”


To her and I, stories and games are for the journey, not for the winning or losing. For the experience of travel, adventure sometimes, but exploration, learning, and sharing time with others of like-mind.


Other new friends have no fear for good reasons, either from being so creative themselves, or true-life problems that make entertainment welcome and relieving. They know and appreciate that others are working hard to give them a sense of escape. Jealousy isn’t a viral disease that plagues them. A little envy for an article of clothing, perhaps, or a set of art supplies they’d like. Nothing vicious, just a funny quirk that passes as quickly as a ripple on the water.


The shaky moments still come, like today. I have to constantly remind myself of who is still with me. A big pile usually awaits me by mail, either type of mail. It’s true some pals make light of the change in others I find shocking, but there are friends who know and have seen what I have seen. We comfort each other with the anecdotes and what to make of them. How to move forward, new favourite songs, old favourite songs, tales of our lives and what tiny components don’t change. (Ron Howard hiring his brother for a bit part in his movies, for example.)


I can feel the tension, though. Having so many fear you isn’t a pleasant experience. Then having to watch that fear turn into a stunned silence of utter embarrassment, not just towards me but finding in themselves a state of being in which their sense of choice and free will, as well-grounded and well-behaved individuals, was perceived as still existing in a time where they were pulled into something that tricked them, along with whatever loved ones or shared people they had.


It’s happened in subtler ways before. If you don’t buy someone a gift you will be seen as low-down. If you don’t take pictures of quality moments it will appear as if you don’t care. Companies advertise to this ideology and take advantage of it to sell those products that prove you really do care.


A pal reminded me of a South Park episode, “You Have 0 Friends”. Many of us knew the truth of the insanity going on via social networks, the insecurities arising from those with, usually hidden, low self-esteem. The problem with the example of that story is that it was aired in 2010. That was almost a decade ago. We should have held on to that great lesson, but we didn’t. The problem just increased.


Believe it or not, there are many who just won’t touch the stuff. They live their lives outside of those things. And I think that’s often how I am being viewed. Once a month is enough for me. Stretching out on the furniture and feeling that balance of freedom is a joy. Being able to watch more Dark Shadows and heckling playfully with my sweetheart adds to the joy. The way things were, and can still be again.


I’m working on a portion of Osheen’s interview I hadn’t released. It’s more of a workshop segment but worth a podcast. Then there is Pit episodes 20 and 21 to construct. Meanwhile I get to the chapters of friends as we’ve exchanged our work together. A thing I always wanted since I was a teenager, but never really had until decades later. Odd to find them through fanfiction, but it makes sense. Shared interests are there. Any old fiction wouldn’t do, we had to have something else to bond with. Old TV shows? Movies? Love of similar characters? Sure. That will do nicely.


Happy Christmas to my friends, new and old. Keep in touch, pen pals.

I think of all of you very often, and do my best to catch up.

Steady as She goes.

The Tandem Is Back! (Halloween 2018)

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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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“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)




Happy Halloween!

Pit Review Highlights

Well, they say, (whoever they are,) that “Teaching by example isn’t the best way, it is the only way.” So? I’m going to relieve myself here by sharing with my crowd some of the delightful commentary I finally gleaned for most of my series so far. However it’s a lot, I worked hard to retrieve it via the right people, so I’ll try to stick to one or two reviews per episode. Here we go:


HCB (Helena):
Old Wadsworth’s “Can you keep a secret?” joke definitely added to the feel of him transitioning from Clue’s Hill House to Dark Shadow’s Old House. Cool! Wadsworth would normally be consider a threat to Barnabas for having knowledge of Barnabas’ “double bass case”, but since everyone can keep a secret, then why not, right? Nice on Roger’s usual sarcasm, making me imagine the usual cut eyes and sighs and “Why do I bother?” look on him. And as expected, when wasn’t there a problem at the main house? Smh

Ha! Vicki’s and Barnabas’ reference to the past. Spotless on the comparison of Roger to Naomi. And this time, I guess he remembered Vicki being back there, hmm? (Unlike on the show.) Seriously, I didn’t think of Slimer being the entity when I first read this until the big reveal, so I was kind of slow with that. Yes, Barnabas is a regular, family-friendly version of Christian Grey. LOL “I’ll lock up Maggie Evans until she becomes Josette. If not, I’ll take her to my ‘Cellar of Pain’. Ha ha ha!” And yes, we must include a DS blooper and Slimer, too 🙂

Well, what can we say? Barnabas did have an extensive lie-down, didn’t he? Mmm-hmm. So, Mildred Mayhem can spot a cross-dresser on spec? Gossip monger!

The moral of Maggie’s looks? Well, she doesn’t remember her kidnapping, and she did have a genuine liking for Barmabas at the beginning anyway. And to combine with the last question, I enjoyed the outré song very much since the events at the main house were comedic in its spooky scandalous way 🙂

I have referred to Helena in a previous entry as “my angel” and she still is!

Osheen Nevoy on Feb 11, 2014:

You know, one thing I love about your work is how much the characters really sound like themselves, even when they are saying things that, naturally, they only say in our dreams, fantasies, semi-hysterical musings, etc., not in the show itself! Things that we wish they would say … Very fun, and I’m going to enjoy exploring a lot more of it. Loved, among many lines that I loved, the line about Burke’s mountain of machismo … That really does sum the guy up, doesn’t it! (That chin …)

Tingler . Jun 15, 2015
Now the hosts did indeed do a marvelous job glazing over the slow, ever so slow, show to bring us up to date. Plus they gave good humor while doing it.

Now if you might allow me to postulate on Willie & Barnabas, relationship. See when I think back I always saw Willie as the angel for Barnabas. Liken to Jimmy The Cricket was. If you look at their talks Willie always tried to steer him to the right path. While Barnabas himself had just the “evil” devil in him. Now one thing that I see as part of Willie’s problem with accepting the change is he never saw the angel in Barnabas. Never knew he had one. Just a thought.

The jokes were rather, shall I say, almost as bad as mine… Yes, ah oh you need a doc? Well guess what? I have been lying to you all, I am a doctor… Really, truly. Here watch this object you will all believe me…

Oh those chamber pots oh how I remember them. Really my mom’s parents owned one of the first houses built when the pilgrims landed. With no running water or electric. The well was three hundred feet deep all hand dug. I remember staying there and either having to use the outhouse or the “chamber pot” boy they were bad.

The music was good and how The Time Traveler and Victoria saw each other. You forgot the water question. It is amazing they lived through that back then. Of course being forty you were an old man. Again with the Postum well here if you must have it. Postum dot com where you can still get it…

Hoffman and Wadsworth are having fun poking at each other and then taking out the trash song might have been fun… I caught the I am gonna kill you screeeeech no put her down… Whose Peter Bradford I remember no one of that name. “Evil”.

Yes, coffee is supposed to relax calm us get us ready for bed. Drink more more more. Relaxed yet? ha ha.

Let’s all look at our magic mirror. Mirror mirror who’s the evilest of them all? Now you have Wadsworth knowing so very much. Then we have the cane and some unsightly Willie on it and a mention to thee olden days when servants could be beaten. A lot here one must slip under it to see it all.

Yes, Carolyn being controlled as it started on the show then as if on cue. Poof! She was free of his control. The jokes were great and info better. But just one question. Why if she was just given back her own will does she defend and keeps safe his true um condition? Also the stories they noticed are … Slightly different.

Oh your gonna make me think aren’t you? Let me see yuppa sun comes up from the west and sets in the east and then you put in a bay. Thanks you. I got the lesson. Plus you started your fore shadowing with Maggie. Oh and cream and sugar what are not civilized we have crumpets with our tea thank you very much…

This was a very inclusive episode. Lots going on and very well traversed. So till next we entwine our ears be safe and stay away from “evil” coffee. Drink postum.

Okay, it was a hard pick for episode two, but Tingler’s hit my funny bone with pointing out the “ever so slow” ness of Dark Shadows. XD Hee hee hee!


midnight-lady . Feb 9, 2014
Just listen to episode 3 of the podcast and I just want to start with OMG THE LOST BOYS! One of my faves from the 1980s, and I think, one of the best vampire films. And an episode entirely devoted to the one and only Mrs. Johnson! You did a fantastic job with her. A nice simple episode of two ladies talking. And man, too bad Adam didn’t have her to teach him how to adjust to life. I always thought it was weird how his exit on the show went out more of a whimper instead of a bang considering the massive role he played in the 1968 period. I actually have a more favorable view of the character as well as his actor so I’m glad you gave him a happier outcome, even if it is goofy.

And poor Peter and Vicki being stuck in that crazy Twin Peaks town 😦

S K . Jan 10, 2017
Hey, girl – thank goodness for the Pit CD! I listened to it on the drive and the separate tracks make it easier to listen in multiple sittings, easier to find my place. Today I was on my way home and didn’t even realize traffic was at a standstill and backed up coz I was so into the CD! Then it ended and I was like, “What’s going on here?!”


PLEASE do more Rocky Horror songs! They are totally delightful and funny. My fav RH: Magenta and Riffraff.

Free will Rules! But Tony’s still stuck in Collinsport World, so good luck with that, bud. How exasperating to have free will, yet be stuck in crazy world!

My favs: WADSWORTH! Hysterical-definitely want him on my side! I enjoy how you do Carolyn and Roger. I love the idea of aging Angelique’s portrait. How devious! And “rough brush”. Hee hee, evil!

You have Carolyn down pat (breathy, innocent). I have no trouble discerning the characters. I can feel you settling into this more. Keep it up!

Satisfying to Barnabas that Sam seems to recall a bad feeling towards her. I was sure hoping Sam wouldn’t get and drunk and forget!

I used to LOVE Ghost and Mrs. Muir as a child! I’ll have to revisit it once I finish DS.

Good research! I like how you do Roger. You got him down and he’s such a scamp. He’s funny.

I was so tickled at the Rocky Horror song mingling with “Cassandra’s” freaking out! (come-uppance) You sang it perfectly! And YES, do more RH! Please! Hysterical!

Awww, I was enjoying Angelique’s predicament… and Sam was enjoying it too much!

I just love the sound effects. Please keep up with this – you will be glad you followed your muse when she called you. But please don’t burn out on it—it would change the tone. You have such a happy enjoyable tone of joy with it. Yeah, that’s it—it’s JOYFUL! Ride this mule, baby!

Can’t wait for more!


I’m working on 18, 19 and 20, and I still agree! I can’t wait for more either.

JKB  . Oct 14, 2015
I liked the discussion of why Carolyn hasn’t gone off to college, and I especially liked the idea that he thought she should write detective novels. But if there was some meaning to the way that she didn’t like multiple choice questions etc. I didn’t get it.

Stokes and Barnabas cracked me up. I did hear that sometimes you got Barnabas’s intonation down. A few times I did have difficulty telling Stokes and Barnabas apart, though. I loved the Ovaltine Secret Decoder thing – and the bit about whether Barnabas has a vitamin deficiency. I found myself wondering whether there *is* something hidden in the part of the stove that Willie mentioned. Adam went off to pursue a career in cleaning products – is he going to be on another soap opera?

I just like the way that Sam is always there for Maggie and supports her in whatever she wants. I was glad he suggested she try out both jobs and see how it goes.

I liked it when Sam was possessed by Andre. Excellent. Interesting that Captain Cregg knew him. I’d like to know more of their back story, if one could be summoned up.

Wadsworth drives Barnabas to The Coffee Shop: I loved the part about the Poetry of the Day. Frankly, I wish the real show would do more with the cultural differences Barnabas notices and the things he misses about the 18th century. The only time he’s specifically made reference to it that I’ve seen is when he told Dr Hoffman that maybe modern men like wilful women, or some such, but that he doesn’t. I don’t like the stereotype that an intelligent woman must also be grating and un-feminine, so if Barnabas is going to be “old-fashioned” in that way, fine with me. But I wish they’d do more with it. I like your lines in which Barnabas reminisces about people memorizing poetry. Maybe he’s memorized some himself which he’d like to recite some time. 🙂 But yes, more of Barnabas missing the graces of his own time – wonderful. Though he’s also open-minded enough to recognize some of the same values in popular music. That was a nice touch.

I like Barnabas trying to learn sarcasm. Lots of luck. Were people into Kona coffee in the 1960s?
OK, now we’re at the part of the ep that I absolutely love. All this Barnabas and Maggie schmoopiness. Maggie remembering a music box, and looking into Barnabas’s eyes, and him taking her hand – oh my. I adore it. (I assume that in this reality, as in the real show, he kidnapped her and did the whole brainwashing bit, etc.? And yet she has *good* memories of a music box too.) Wow. They should just get a room. Not to be crude, but – wow.

And Peter and Victoria continue their road trip and landed…

Oh. My. God. That’s all I have to say.


Lots of goodies, and even a few uncertainties, but I remember Episode Five was a very tough one to finish. I hadn’t hit my stride yet. And I’ve learned it helps to have the script for some people as I’m only one person and I can’t do it all precisely, particularly under so much stress! However the enjoyment of the story itself is what I’m loving in this one.


Tito, May 1 2018:
I finally did some work for Episode 6. Hope you can use it! Peace!

The introductory sequence is pretty funny. Milligan is mourning the destruction of his love fantasy interest and Hecubus is appropriately sympathetic delivering hell hound hankies. . .stanky hell hound hankies at that! I’ve never heard the Underworld described as a “boys club”! I thought that that was a pretty funny comment!

In reviewing the next section I’ll take an opportunity to make a prediction . . .that perhaps hiding the painting in this location will increase the paintings powers. I mean I think Carolyn and Tony are doing the right thing in terms of confining the object but the choice of location might be problematic. We shall see I suppose. The two have a funny chemistry revealed in their conversation. There is a set up for a catastrophic “burn” that never materializes. When Tony cryptically says “I’ve touched worse” it’s pretty obvious that he’s not talking about her. I sort of picture him trying to snap out of a flashback memory of something gross in his past. Carolyn is confident enough in the whole mutual interest and friendship thing that she cracks a joke and then it is reassuring that Tony doesn’t get all defensive about it. . .”baby you know I wasn’t talking about you. . .you gotta believe me. . .I never lie! no lies are told!” if he said that I would consider it to be a red flag! So far out of a five point scale for relationship stability I am going to give this couple four points. Steady as a rock!

I was puzzled by the next part of the episode where Sam and Gregg are having a conversation about how Captain Gregg can’t jump into a body. I am picturing him to be a “talking painting” at this point so I’m wondering how he can drink wine. This could be just a problem with me having a shitty imagination or maybe listening comprehension problems. It’s funny how sometimes you can accept a fairly whimsical premise but then something like this can be like whoa. . .that’s scientifically impossible man! The more relevant aspects of their conversation deal with the complexities of the reincarnation system and how the circumstances of the Captain’s demise have resulted in limitations. In this conversation there are indications of potentials in the plot development that may yet bear the sweet fruit of tantalization.

In the next section there is some action at the Collinwood house where David has a flashback about going to the cemetery. Is that the same cemetery where the painting is now hidden? If so I must make a note of that. This may be a cemetery where some serious shit went down. This reminds me that Carolyn mentioned some kind of traumatic event, an abduction or something? I would be a shitty cop. . .of the few details I remember I would like barely remember something like an abduction! So it sounds like David has little interest in hanging out among the tombstones. I love the way Elizabeth goes “well, there you are”. . .she’s as bad as I am!

With his usual asymmetrical warrior technique . .Roger comes out and says yeah. . .go out and play with supernatural entities at the old house. I guess David lays the groundwork with the compelling argument that the introduction of Wadsworth has been a “game changer”. This is pretty cool though, maybe Roger has had a few and he’s had an epiphany you know?! Some translucent beclouding would do the kid good! Roger, like me, is drunk. Also like me he has implicit faith in the ability of Wadsworth to control the environment. I’m not worried about it. Burp!
David scurries off probably in disbelief at the freedom he has been given. It proves that it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Roger’s concern for his wife is touching (not) and totally hilarious “wife? Oh, yes. . I must confess she’s plagued me little as of recently.” I’m giving them a two out of five on my relationship stability scale. That’s being generous!

Roger tears it up again in his assessment of the Seaview Property. His surfer reference made me think of the potential for a “vampire surfer” spin off. In the liner notes for Camper Van Beethoven’s record “vampire can mating oven” there was a description of a (probably fictional) 60s B-movie called Vampire Surfers in which emaciated and tanless caped vampires squared off against wholesome California wavehounds! Those were entertaining if not terribly informative liner notes. When Elizabeth quails at the prospect of injury of would be surfers, Roger delivers another “kicker” :
“this estate is built on scandal. .helloooo!

Roger nails it! Acerbic. That’s his turf. The sequence ends with Elizabeth raising the possibility that Victoria might be part of the Collins clan for real. I have no concept of the significance of this but it sounds important! We’ll see if I can eventually figure this shit out. (It might help to actually watch Dark Shadows!)

The next scene is a lengthy conversation between Dr. Hoffman and Barnabas in which there are agreements (regarding who deserves a slapping) and disagreements. I guess Hoffman considers Barnabas’ interest in Maggie a problem. Then this becomes part of a wager in a high stakes game of cribbage where Barnabas holds his romantic ambitions in the balance and then Hoffman literally holds Willie Loomis hostage in some kind of institutional setting promising to release him if she loses. This follows up on some threads of previous episodes but I can’t remember the specifics. The sequence is pretty cool and it becomes like three games at once, cribbage being one, gambling and then Wadsworh AKA “dungeon master” playing everyone like human puppets! I can’t wait until the “Wadsworth Diaries” are released! Actually he seems a bit shocked by the seriousness of the wager as he plays his role in officiating. “These People are animals” he’s probably thinking!

If I was writing this series I would probably have Willie Loomis emerge from the institution with a list of crazy songs and a band comprised of the criminally insane (ala Roky Erikson). They could cover “Night of the Vampire”!

I just adore Tito’s great knowledge of the 1960’s overall. Wandering into personal reflections has been a pastime I’ve loved since I learned how to speak, and reviewers are most welcome to go into that reverie!


Guiding Light . Aug 8, 2017:
LOVE the applause and the groan when the coffee shop was mentioned! Exactly what I was feeling! Yay, Hecubus! Yes, definitely pick up where Maggie paused when he called her Josette. Are you sh****ing me? I haven’t the innards. OMG! So freakin’ funny! Can’t wait to see what alternative song(s) are chosen for “London Bridges”. The Lurch impression was awesome! You totally nailed The Addams Family interactions… sounded just like a conversation they would’ve had on the show!
It was a good scene for the two couples. I love how Morticia wins over Victoria by giving her the shawl.

I love how Elizabeth asks about Tony’s intentions, and the subtle quips work well; don’t they do that in cars, thrusting the door open as if she was matron of the manor. You were right! One of the best scenes “Aren’t you just the dandy” – LOL! Clandestinity – what a great word! I love that they won’t let him stay in the house! Great running sound.

Maggie feels a bit “different”… great line coming from her! The poison reference was great! Yay! ! A dance between Barnabas & Maggie! I love this scene for these characters! So romantic and gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling! What a great relationship that’s developing between these two!

The whole My Fair Lady reference was comical. Perfect song at the end! So glad Nicholas Blair got stuck down there.

Also a bit from Melissa’s take on Episode Seven, it was a lot!

Maggie’s feeling different as she confessed to the bartender. Asking Bob, “If a dashing old world gentleman with a cane wanders in would you point him in my direction?” LOVE!

Can’t help but point out all I loved in the scene at The Blue Whale…
Good choice of music that they dance too as well. I was grocery shopping and was about to leave the lot when the dance scene started. I kept the car running and just sat and listened and loved every moment of it! Smiling at Shoprite listening to the B&M pas de deux…

This scene is one of your absolute best. I kept visualizing Barnabas dancing with Maggie… there is definite purpose in every word Barnabas says to Maggie. High voltage charm on Barnabas’ part *heart*

Daryl, I ADORE the way you nailed, and I mean NAILED, Barnabas’ unctuous, quiet, but potently seductive charm from Jonathan’s style in the pre-1795 episodes during the dance scene. Reminds me of the screen-cap at The Old House where a drained Maggie has a knowing smile on her face while Barnabas gazes erotically down at her.

Prof. Stokes and Dr. Hoffman:
“I’m no Prof. Higgins, but if you keep up this line of suggesting, and I’ll be determined to call you Col. Pickering.” LOL

Ah, Nicholas Blair at The Collinsport Inn… “Beelzebub, what a crock and a half!” LOL “Hey, little devil!” Your Nick Blair voice is good too; you get his rat a tat tat delivery.


S K . May 23, 2017
I think it is neat that the hosts realize reincarnation in Collinsport is everywhere. Sure makes living there much easier to just accept it. Heh, Marilyn Ross! DS novels—& Willie wanting to know “what happens”. Sure won’t find out anything about Collinsport without a book! Oh and so who was HE in a past life to catch on to all this?

The Collinsport Afghan! 😀 Yeah right – that Tony & Carolyn are still surprised by the supernatural in Collinsport! Carolyn’s giggle is adorable! & just like hers! Your Carolyn is spot on! Funny that they figure out who Mrs. Muir was talking to. Addams – “the family that preys together” 🙂 Good for Victoria! Learn fencing while you have the chance! I have learned that in life, missed a lot of opportunities.

Angelique: “Give a woman a hand.” (The hand of Petofi!) Sassafras, yes, to treat syphilis. Tony & Carolyn go to the woods, ha, like nothing will happen there. Barnabas: “Perhaps I’ll get it right this time”, yeah, Good luck with that!

I bet the ticket person liked the beer better than money. Love Mama Cass! Cool to add in Monterey Pop Festival. I’ve been missing this hippie music. I’ve a friend who plays this all the time. Now I’m gonna have to watch it on youtube!


Pasa Mia. Nov 19, 2017
The music sounds like something a music box would play. Move it along, Hecubus! LOL I do like Hecubus has more of a better following, & his master does the mocking claps. And to take SO long to introduce his master is great! MAN-SERVANT MASTER! ! LMAO Busted on the lust! ! Gossip keeps people happy – so true! ! Couches & drive-ins are good for first base, give the couple a piece of her mind for something that was between 2 adults. Carolyn as her own kid! ! And to be such a prude of her behavior, since she was younger! ! For shame! LOL Victoria Winters is hers too! ! How did those two not be a few stories? To see Lily! YES!

How do you think of a candy dish while making out?! Make up free mornings, I laughed hard at that! Eye licking, to take off mascara! ! YUCK! LOL Knowing your mom by her big hair is sad, and she knows she is in TROUBLE?! And Hecubus & Master interrupting the scene a few times.

Passed out while the “blaze” turned into “embers”, what a shame, and then turned to ashes. At least Wadsworth put a blanket on them. No funny business! And the stuffed bird being alive after all! How scary! And for Barnabas to be a little clueless on what he has, but Maggie is so sure he had stuff! Josette’s room, oh no! A chamber pot with a dead rat, nasty! And to get scored by Wadsworth, LOL. Brittanica! ! Haven’t heard that in years! ! They are one of the same woman! !

Playing Bloody Mary?! What a game! Then to order a round of Bloody Mary drinks! LOL with a list longer than Jack The Ripper’s, & Mary had to ask?! Jeremiah Collins will make Mary pay! And to be happy with Phyllis yet with her, good! Good to see someone knows his secrets! Angelique to be dead again… Nicholas was SO disgusted.

To make the notes so easy to play, and sing like that, compared to the rest of us who can’t play it right at all! Let’s see if the biscuits are better than the music, how funny! MEUNSTER! Instead of Munster! LOL, Like the cheese! LMAO (I do love that.)

Lily being SO happy Lizzy called! And remembering her so fondly! And to help, no qualms at all, like they talked just the other day – And to get to go to Collinwood finally! Doing more than just chat! Awesome call! GRANDPA! ! LIZZIE BORDEN?! NO! (hahahaha) Bitty Dame! LOL! I love the banter between them both! And Marilyn in charge?

To have a compass to remember Sam’s French and passings along the life of the dead, very cool! ! “Never tied to an apron string nor be put by the fire like a pet poodle!” Great saying, Capt. Gregg! Broken compass? But wait, the Captain is its true due North to bring him back, unlike Mrs. Muir who calls out to the air. BEWITCHED! !

Weren’t you wearing that last…? Nevermind… English muffins and coffee… so drool! LOL, fire engine with its lights on, but no fire, no ticket taker, & a full moon, & a disembodied beer bottle coming of a car. What a night! ! A heeled and dress shoe, poor girl! LOL

Kooky Caleb’s ghost! To ruin the workers day by seeing him? Doubtful! ! Finding fond memories around the loose baggage is nice for Elizabeth to hear herself think again. To have a cracking fire soothe Roger’s odd baggage too. To be so sad after a nice trip with Lily, but to look forward to going on another on together. PUNK/NEW WAVE MUNSTERS MUSIC! ! I LOVE IT! !


Lisa W. May 29, 2016
Barnabas answering the door and telling off the Better Homes and Gardens rep was funny. He was clipped, curt and almost withering.

(I had to include that! Hahahaha!)

Melissa . Oct 19, 2015
Funner pointers for me-

Master: Doesn’t that guy still own him a check? LOL Hecubus: Master, can’t we go to Windcliff and give him (Willie) a big bear hug? *heart* Master’s is still smitten with Angelique – even a dead one! LOL! I love Mrs. Johnson saying, “I certainly don’t want to see my son!” Dirtbag, no-good son, Harry – LOL Her and David both enjoy not being so scared all the time. Uh – Yeah!
Hangover cures… Wadsworth goes silent when B asks for his first name. Interesting… Maggie: Wadsworth’s name isn’t that important right now. Great with Maggie not minding that the bird came right to her. They seem to know each other. -All the “s” s look like “f”s.- LOL Excellent on her familiarity of the earrings – memories and fragments of memories coming back to her.
To Barnabas’ answer the door… Better Homes & Gardens showing up. Oh Boy here comes trouble! Great with Barnabas’s responses: “NNNNOOOO!” This is not in any manner, fashion or mirage, a convenient moment!… And did it ever occur to you that there might be a reason for that (no phone)? …Bless us, does no one write letters anymore?! …That’s the nice thing about the new zip codes. It’s given me something else to contemplate. While I look through whose subscription I wish to CANCEL!

And I just love Maggie busting a gut at how Barnabas handled the BH&G overly chipper guy. “I wish I could take you home to answer my door!” LOL Such a joy to hear Barnabas &Maggie having a fun, spontaneous experience. Love Maggie’s line, “People don’t understand you. You’re so mod and way out. Somehow you follow your own way and it works.” Okay, Daryl, THAT scene was brilliant! *applause*

Great fun with Gomez remarking to Jeff that there is something fetching about watching 2 women fighting with swords. For Blair and Mr. Wells? DS music in the background is priceless. Moustache twirling Nick “looking for new damsels to pursue.” Nick: “Damn landlords. Now I have to start all over again! WHAT?!” hee, hee Mr. Wells trying to get Nick to pipe down. The Shriners convention in all the other rooms. LOL Look, Mitch Miller! LMAO! “All that chanting going on!” – LOLOL Master excited that the spell gave Angie back her youth. Oh, is he smitten with the Witch Bitch!
And down in the lobby? Mildred: “Singing along with Mitch, again? LOL

Awwww, David and Sarah are reunited *heart* If they’re going to get to The Old House together they have to hold hands – super sweet and adorable! In Schooner Bay:
Carolyn: “Grabbing my hand for that spark of electricity again? *love* “Captain, are you in here?” Harp strumming (nice touch) – Captain Gregg materializes: “Now I am!” More harp strumming – lol Peeping Thomasina – hahahahaha Disney/Patrick McGoohan film reference 🙂 Sound affects when Captain Gregg re-hangs the picture. awesome! Gregg remarking how Tony referred to him as a “seaman”. nice!

For the next scene I simply adore Maggie confessing that the reason she wanted to keep working at the coffee shop was to see Barnabas. *double hearts* They hear David and Sarah outside. They BOTH see Sarah! OMG! M: I think I might faint.” B: You wouldn’t be alone. D: Wow you look almost as pale as you used to Sarah remembering another rhyme Barnabas taught her – aawwwww love it! Sarah happy that Maggie & Barnabas were at The Old House again in a good way this time. Sarah telling Barnabas about her illness and the tea remedy. Barnabas running out of the room and screaming in rage at an Angie traumatic memory. Well done! Poor Barnabas worried that Angie is returning to cause trouble and Sarah reassures big brother that it’ll be okay. Wow!

Really loved Barnabas saying, “Sarah Makepeace Collins, You may have anything in the realm of my powers I can give you!” He still adores her! (A sea captain urged Sarah to come back. Awwwww)

Then, finally, Lily arrives at Collinwood – YAY!

“Still loving ghosts” – reminds me of Barnabas reviving Josette with heartbreaking consequences and her ghost haunting TOH in the pre-Barnabas episodes.
Daryl, the Barnabas & Maggie, David and Sarah scene was a pure gem, quite possibly the most moving scene you’ve done thus far. All this wonderful reuniting and healing happening with Barnabas & Maggie & Sarah. BEAUTIFUL! And only YOU could do it with your particular brand of magic.

BRAVO, dear sister!


MetJetPat . Oct 12, 2015
I loved how the mortician started sizing up Nicolas right away and telling him to plan for the future. How Blair is having Angelique pose as his grandmother because of the painting. And the Martinique references of Angelique’s past; the mortician must know something.I noticed a missing fish in Hoffman’s office. Talking about willie learning basic skills. Stokes finishing her sentences, dated books never seeing her patients. getting a heads up about Maggie and her memory… I always hated that on the show since Julia was sort of evil then.

Great on Tom Jennings thinking Blair is a helper, waxing his mustache comment. Not taking any of Blair’s crap Blair never gets respect. Caleb’s references to the later DS episodes I’m watching now. I don’t get the reference either lol. Was waiting for the schweps of essense line. Caleb’s a hoarder. Wadsworth and Barnabas come to an understanding, both are rather weary… kids will do that to you.

Sam is trying to make Barnabas admit he is from a different time not realizing he is a vampire.I hope Maggie finally realizes what happened to her and is afraid of Barnabas like she should be. I also hope Barnabas and Julia get exposed for hiding Maggie’s memories and spend some time at windcliff or the collinsport jail .or Barnabas gets seal up in his coffin again for eternity or another Willie comes to let him out which ever comes first. heh heh

Thx again for your hard work.

And people who show so much appreciation? You are WELCOME!

Forever Knight  Apr 27, 2016
Poor Sir Simon…though he considers himself the master and Hecubus this servant, one gets the sense this may not be necessarily true. Hecubus seems to be gaining in stature. It’s funny to listen to them. And as always, the applause always cracks me up.

The language included in the introduction and throughout the episode is crisp, descriptive and paints a picture, like a painter covers the canvas with his art.

Though the episode proposes to be very serious, Sir Simon and Hecubus lend some comic relief.

Sam using the Maine Black Bears seemed funny. I suppose it’s because it seems so obscure and kind of strange to bring them up at such a serious moment.

Maggie’s concern is a possibility I hadn’t thought of before regarding past lives. After being transported to a past life, would it intrude on ones present? That is a scary notion and I think that’s a worry I’d be concerned about. Very astute to bring that point up.

The music as Dr. Hoffman begins the process of hypnosis, truly lends to the eeriness of the moment.

Maggie’s breath quickening was scary. I was wondering, just as though I was watching a movie, what she was experiencing. And then Hansel Bachmeyer burst onto the scene; that was funny.

Obviously this was a surprise to Sam and certainly a character I wasn’t expecting. I’ve heard the theory that we can be female in one lifetime and male in the next. Just that theory without the story is scary.

Hansel’s outburst of “here it comes again, get down” made me laugh, as did Sam’s reactions to Hansel. (I liked the Hansel character, he is interesting and funny.)

Kitty’s appearance was disturbing; she obviously was scared and depressed. But as the session progressed and the names Kitty had used became apparent, I both expected and kept hoping it would reveal that Maggie was Josette, and when that happened, I was elated.

I became aware, as the story progressed; I had no difficulty accepting that I was listening to three different individuals, very good job convincing me of that.

As Maggie is progressed back, the music adds to the drama and the mood. I may be wrong but I think the song I’m hearing is “This Nearly was Mine” which talks about one life and one love to be living for, which would be appropriate. Whatever the music, it was sometimes eerie and sometimes haunting and truly lent to the atmosphere. Widow’s hill was so frightening. Just the thought of that place is scary.

It’s especially frightening as Maggie fights to regain Maggie Evans and the present, due to some unknown terror, unrevealed at that moment. Though this portion of the episode was extremely well acted, it’s difficult to listen to someone so upset and disturbed.

Sir Simon’s remark, as Josette reveals Barnabas is coming, is funny and comedy relief at such a tense moment.

The plot thickens as it’s revealed Barnabas has kidnapped and locked Maggie in a room and it was frightening to consider what might come next. Since the hypnosis is used to reveal a troubled past and some mental block of a terrible incident, I could only speculate the events were only going to get worse.

The narrator’s suggestion that Sam is not pleased is obviously a grave understatement. Sam is obviously upset that the Barnabas he knows in the present, is despicable in the past, and this revelation was very disappointing to me. Barnabas clearly loves Maggie so much and to think he could do this to Maggie (Josette) was very ’s intriguing as Sam divulges some of his thoughts regarding what happened in the present as opposed to the past of Josette.

And as I suspected in past episodes, it was a trauma from Maggie’s past life that prevented her from remembering the past, with good reason. As Josette let’s go and she seems to relax in her past life, the music, I felt, was instrumental in conveying that. Sam’s one word clue “Bingo”. It was funny to me as it is revealed Maggie was in 1795 Collinwood, obviously the time Sam was hoping would be disclosed and I was happy we reached that point too.

The terror Josette was feeling was almost too much too bare.

Angelique’s awakening was scary and the music suggested this was not a good moment for her, to say the least. I’m wondering what she looks like as she obviously has no reflection. Has she turned into a vampire? …I’m really interested to find out what’s happened in respect to Angelique.

I think it’s very interesting, that Sarah has moments where she’s not quite sure what’s happening or why. Intriguing as the thunder ushers in the revelation of all the factions awakening and a feeling of something big on the horizon. Sarah’s remarks to Barnabas, gives a feeling of something foreboding and it also saddens me that Sarah may not be around for much longer, I hope that isn’t true.

Poor Maggie sounds so drained by her experience. I can understand her regret, as the regression seems to have brought more distress and questions than its brought answers. The fact that Sam takes the medallion is kind of funny.

Poor Captain Gregg, Endora is certainly giving him problems; I bet he wishes he’d never tangled with her!

When the Captain yells at Sam to mail the check, that was funny, The Captain is so forceful. With both Captain Gregg and Dr. Hoffman’s help, the past lives of Sam and Maggie have been revealed. I think it’s important for Sam to show his appreciation by sending the check. Captain Gregg and Sam’s conversation on the way to the mailbox was intriguing.

I thought it was interesting to recount all the inventions that Barnabas was exposed to, having lived in such a different century, being buried so long in a coffin. That was quite a list and a revelation of how many inventions would have been around after all that time and kind of funny too how it might affect someone. (A lot of research, thank you Daryl.)

Another ten points to Caleb for giving Blair such a hard time and I’m glad that Tom Jennings seems to like Caleb. I thought it was very touching when Tom said Caleb had him as a chum. And Lily is always so upbeat; I love her outlook on life and in this situation. I hope Elizabeth will listen to Lily and Tom.

I liked Carolyn Stoddard’s analogy of watching boats and how they fare instead of looking to the horizon. In life, it’s often more rewarding to take each situation as it comes than trying to take on aspects so large that they are overwhelming, and I certainly agree. Similarly the idea of taking one thing at a time and being willing to change as each event happens or bend with the wind would certainly be good advice too, in some respects.

I was really surprised at Carolyn Stoddard’s reaction to Barnabas whispering that he was responsible for Jason McGuire leaving town. I thought she was going to get upset, but instead was so appreciative, that was great, as was the enjoyment of seeing Barnabas and Carolyn getting along so well. I thoroughly enjoyed this segment of the episode, very pleasant conversation between Carolyn and Barnabas, and though Barnabas does his best to make Carolyn feel good with his comment, Carolyn’s good advice about many aspects, I think is much more beneficial. I really liked the comment about how repressing memories, may cause something to grow in its place, something even worse than what was repressed.

Interesting conversation between Sarah and Barnabas, as I believe she is talking about being a ghost and being permanently dead. It made me wonder, if Barnabas was to die, as a vampire, would that eliminate him from ever being reincarnated?

It was an “Awww” moment, when Barnabas says Sarah will always be his angel. And though this was a comment of how he felt about Sarah, perhaps she is more angelic than he realizes regarding her brother.

I like the comment that Sarah keeps repeating “Don’t give up hope, there’s always an answer to everything”, obviously she knows something about what is going to happen.

After all it seems Barnabas has done to Josette in the past, the realization that Maggie is truly Josette, has to hurt. And as the ending song talks about life crashing around you and you wish your life was over, this feeling isn’t really uplifting. I felt so sorry for Barnabas at that moment. Now Maggie is remembering everything that Barnabas had done to her as Josette.

The repetition regarding the comment of being a doll, instead of being treated as a human, makes it seem like there is no hope for Barnabas. But please Barnabas remember the words of your sister, your angel, “Don’t give up hope, there’s always an answer to everything.”

All the sound effects, (loved the sound of the ocean and beach) and the music was excellent, as was the story and acting.

Thank you so much, Daryl



Warren Freeman chapter 13 . Mar 8, 2015
Before people criticize they kind of need to realize what makes an artist and what makes a person that takes what Gene Roddenberry wrote…

You see you left the mock-up part along time back, you’re doing real writing now. BY THE BY, You’re doing a damn good job at it too. As I said, I’m glad you want to put “HUMOR” in your work and this is a great thing. But what you’ve done goes a little past “HUMOR”, (THIS IS A GOOD THING) your working on something serious (ACTUALLY, IF YOU WANTED TO GO BACK TO A FLUFFY PIECE OF FAN FICTION I’M NOT SURE YOU COULD).

Episode 13 is a wonderful episode, but you need to know while there are some good laughs, actually the episode is not so much about laughs, (RIGHTFULLY SO)

Let me start with, WILLIE and WADSWORTH. I loved it! I don’t know but you actually made that such as it’s gotten a life of its own and isn’t even a simple “MASH-UP” of the two works, but blends them into something new. You should “GLOW” at this moment and after reading this maybe call your husband in to tie a string to your foot so you don’t float away. Your creation went beyond “FAN FICTION” a long time ago, and in many other examples, but this is a great example of where you’ve set what you’re doing as real writing and not just writing what others have written and put your name too it.

You have gone beyond what the creators of “CLUE” and “DAN CURTIS” were doing and you did it so well. Really, if you want constructive criticism, that pretty much sums up every scene and aspect of “EPISODE 13”. You should beam. You’ve done wonderful things and really complimented all the characters from the different shows here and the character from the different shows in past episodes.

“I DON’T WORK HERE” Made me laugh.

The discussion between Hoffman and Barnabas and the discussion between Barnabas and Maggie, The Chase Scene with Hoffman and Maggie. All this is new ground never touch, “HELL” never dreamed of by the creators of any of the shows, I can give you some advice, you can’t go back, but then why would you want to? You’re going into a new territory, though the problem is that makes it harder, but you couldn’t have gotten here if you didn’t have the ability.

O. K. The swearword, in scene one, it fits, so don’t sweat it. The scene is not fluff, you’re covering ground that should be covered and while I haven’t read “EVERYTHING” Dark Shadows, I thing you’re the first with the sense and guts to cover this ground and you did such a great job.

As for Hoffman and Barnabas. You had them say what needed to be said, but even greater, this isn’t just a diving board for a chase scene, I’m sure it seemed like it when you recorded it, but I think, somewhere, somehow the spirit of the characters grabbed your hand and said, “O. K.. Tim Burton didn’t do it, Dan Curtis DIDN’T DO IT, but you will do what we’ve waited for someone to do, we’ll make you do it!” If you don’t want to… “TOO LATE”. I also love your use of info for “Beetlejuice” By Caleb. I liked it then, I like it now.

The Scene On “Widow Hill” with Maggie/Josette and Barnabas. Priceless, yes the humor was great, I loved the “RIGHT HOOK LINE” and she “YOU NEVER STAYED AROUND LONG ENOUGH” line but this is just another example of where you stepped away from, “HUMOR”, “FLUFF”, “COPYING”, “FAN FICTION” and have become a REAL WRITER doing REAL WRITING. I said it before, I’ll say it again the needed you on the Tim Burton “Dark Shadows” and if they make a sequel you better be the “FIRST” person they call. Now if purist can’t take it, well then “$%&$&$&” on them! They wouldn’t know real art if it BIT THEM.

I hope your head is not getting too scratched by the ceiling or have I really put my foot into it and now YOUR HUSBAND HAS TO FIX A HOLE IN THE ROOF? FLOAT A LITTLE YOU DO DESERVE IT! BUT GET YOUR HUSBAND TO YOUR FOOT SO WE DON’T HAVE TO SEND A SPACEDRAFT TO FIND YOU.
As I said, what you thought was a nice ‘MASH-UP” of “Clue” and “Dark Shadows” isn’t. You’ve blazed a new trail. You should embrace it, then keep going into the uncharted woods.”

The point of episode 13 is coming down the side of an arc to tie things up. To do serious writing as a “REAL WRITER” this you do exemplary. Laughs at this point are just there to keep your audience from squirming. I love the “3 out of 6 relationships resolved” “Now On to the rest…eesh!” at the end. But no, this is not an episode about laughs and you’ve done a wonderful job.

Thank You!

I just dig that more for the blatant show of not giving a darn about any group-think, status-quo, or Joneses to “keep up with”. Bless him.

Osheen Nevoy.  Jan 23, 2016
I guess I got more than halfway through on my previous review for Ep. 13, so I should be able to race through the second part of this at the fevered pace I felt as I listened to it. The building tension level from the moment we first start hearing the depths of Barnabas’ depression as he talks with Julia is astounding. I got tense and nearly frantic-feeling just reading it again in starting to work on this review. Barnabas’ “other avenues of existence to explore … and I think I’ve held them off long enough,” and then his “I could be with Sarah … for good” and the line about wanting to find out precisely what Josette went through-they are amazingly intense. It becomes suddenly so stunningly, blindingly obvious what he’s about to do, and makes the listener/reader (at least this listener/reader) feel exactly the same as Julia does in that moment. And I love her “Who the hell ever responds to that one?” in answer to her own “Wait-come back!” Too darned true. They never do come back, do they? And the whole chase sequence in the car-all of it, the interactions of Julia, Maggie and Stokes, Maggie’s resistence to the idea of helping Barnabas, the “doctor not a saint” line and Stokes’ interjection “Angel of mercy, more like it”-the multi-faceted tension and humor of it is brilliant. The horrible realization of “Widows’ Hill” followed by “watch out for that squirrel!” Absolutely perfect juxtaposition of the appalling and the hilarious. Ha, I wonder which Collins the squirrel might be. Carl, perhaps, or maybe Gabriel. 🙂 Interesting speculation on Julia’s part about the Prof never having stopped serving the Collins family, and I like his “I have a feeling I have been waiting to see this for a very long time.” Maggie’s “Dont do it! At least … not yet” is very interesting indeed. The mixed feelings, all the conflicting priorities going on in there. And of course her good right hook … It’s fascinating that this is what finally wins him, what revives his interest in something other than death. The “you never stayed with me long enough to find out” and “would you let me this time”-it’s a moving, understated, gentle but not sappy, and absolutely perfect foundation for the beginning of their new relationship. I like that it is still tentative, still filled with the anger, the pain, but that it is able to see the possibilities beyond that. It’s not a Hollywood musical ending-it’s a real life ending. And a beginning, too, of course.


That’s likely the longest log entry I’ve ever put together, but the nice thing is it has that touch of Kathryn Leigh Scott’s books about Dark Shadows: trying to include everyone into the mix and get a community spirit going about the whole piece. Of course, I can’t get everyone’s goodies into a single log entry, but, I can do more later if ye all would like.

Anyway, if you’ve reviewed your delights? I do revere you, particularly if you are still with me, of course. And I even treasure the short casual highlights, too. But this was mainly to show that we’re good for season one and if anyone is wanting to pitch in for season two? I do await your words of enjoyment in all their diversity. ❤

You’ve Been Playing A Video Game

You’ve been playing a video game and I’m sorry to learn it, but it beats not knowing. Everything coming clear means a great many embarrassments come into being. My worry now is watching tons of people playing pretend to manage with things they are ashamed to admit to doing, or having lost control of themselves and not being able to face it. They pretend. Pretend nothing changed, pretend everything is fine, pretend we are the people we have always been and no one and nothing influenced us to be anything worse.


Subscribers make sense to me. You get a sense of someone interested with a subscription. “Followers” sounds extremely shady to me, like a stalker; someone is following you around. Or having “followers” like a religious cult-leader. Yuck-O…


Friend can be a pivotal word. One needs to engage for a long time to earn that title and personal behaviour changes the out come as time moves along. Using a button which requests friendship is one of the sickest ventures I can recall ever going along with. This is a video game manoeuvrer. Just as a like-click is or some other method of relaying emotion or feelings with a button press. You’ve taken a video game controller to your loved ones and been amassing points from them and towards them with this method. This is why what is known as social media is so anti-social. Machine elements and scoring was given to you and some of you may have never even played a video game before or you had and decided you weren’t fond of them.


Humans generally require more complex attention and interaction. Narratives work for many of us as it shows behaviour that is somewhat natural minus certain outlandish parts that we understand are to make a story more interesting. This is why in most storytelling we have something called, “suspension of disbelief”. Another facet of enjoying fiction that I’m not too sure we’re being taught about these days.


Telephone calls work, even conversations by text that are fluid enough, letters work also when the structure is learned. Face to face socializing is the most direct method of communication. Without it we don’t learn very much. There is a saying, “Teaching by example isn’t the best way, it is the only way.”


Video games can be very fun and rewarding when what you are involved in is a complete fiction, just as board games can be. The reality is you are playing but the games themselves are a diversion from real life, something to enjoy and you sometimes have competition with fictional characters. Video games are safe when the world is fictional. Or perhaps it’s a flash-card game to improve one’s mathematics, language, or music reading skills. We have a lot of games in vision-therapy based on personal improvement alone.


What we have been experiencing with the rise of “social” networking is something that is extremely close to a video game. The tragedy is that it has involved real people with real lives. That’s why it is so unhealthy and had been destroying so many of our relationships. We knew something was “off” but it is addictive and occasionally useful so we keep using it. One thing that is natural about all of this is we humans often do things that are bad for us.


I’m grateful pinterest dispensed with their “like” button. I’m hoping other networks will follow that suit but I have my doubts. It is truly horrifying to see so many reasonable humans turn into image sharing robots in order to find out how many “likes” or points they will gain from it in a network group, but that is the big degradation to human personality that has taken place.



Now the question is: how do we find our way to a more healthy form of living again? Moreover, how do we deal with being taken advantage of and behaving badly? For myself, and other letter-writers, it’s so much easier than for others. I observe my own behaviour and try to apologize when necessary. I make efforts to find alternatives to stop my own madness. That’s why my embarrassment for using a social network after I log out goes down. I have come to realize that my more limited use is nothing near the continual excess of so very many more people than I can comprehend.


Actual video games, by computer or otherwise, not associated with any other person or connected to any network, has been a great form of “methadone” against desiring using “social” media. I’ve made that suggestion to pen friends, and even those I would never anticipate wanting to play them have admitted it’s a great idea. Even Klondike with a card deck on the screen. So that is a good first step.


Letter-writing for communication, even just by email, has also been helpful. If one has no pen pals, one can journal to themselves. Victoria Winters even wrote letters and mailed them to herself at the foundling home as a child. Talking on the telephone has also been a boon to me, especially the calls with better reception.



But as for the uncertainty? That might take something I can’t provide. Owning up to mistakes has been at a major low for some time now. Which brings more clarity for why Barnabas-haters became so prevalent. After his villainous tendencies wear off on Dark Shadows, he is often kicking himself for his wrongs and owning up to his mistakes where and when he can. In a world of encouraged narcissism this style of character, one that accounts for his errors, is not one that would be well-loved. I’d say there is no time like the present to start loving him and thinking of how he handles things to help you with owning-up.


So that’s one suggestion. There might be a therapy group near you to help “social” network users to go through the steps of recognizing what our mistakes have been. It’s often easier to take big steps if a group is involved, as humans do look for large groups to guide them, which is why a lot of this networking stuff grabbed us: so many others were doing it, and we were looking for our others.



What I see right now is that pretense, though. It’s a bit chilling but at least I know what it is and why it’s there. What one doesn’t understand is difficult to see, and very often we want a “simpler” explanation for it, so? We make one up! And if we find out we were wrong about it? We simplify that by pretending we never said it. Tough thing to do in this new world where almost everything is being recorded for documentation, isn’t it?


And this is likely why I terrify people; I understand this world because I intentionally lived in it with recordings and writing things down. I reflected on my words and the words of others since I was at least six years old. I also had people getting snooty about letters that I wrote when I was in my teens, none of which said anything horrible at all.


But that pretense, pretending nothing bad happened, is a rough path, my friends. It’s like trying to delete the obvious because it doesn’t suit your lifestyle. The more you try to do it, the more other things will arise that you have to pretend also don’t exist or didn’t happen. Similar with lying. One lie often leads to another until it’s a cascade and you get caught out.


This is why when I said “The Kinks” in my February 2018 Pit Update and discovered the band was really The Who, I went to two locations to put in a typed correction. (This web log and podomatic.) Did anyone catch that? I was quick about it! I suppose I could re-edit the track and release it without “The Kinks” but mistakes are a sad fact of life. And why bother editing more audio with an audience who barely listens or pretends not to be a listener? (Not all of you, of course, but a large number.) I made another mistake last June, I believe about The Addams Family and The Munsters airing dates. G’ah! But again, who really is paying any attention?


And yet, that’s how extreme the pretense has gotten. Coming to me to help with an error means you would have to (((gasp))) admit you are a listener of the show. That avoidance started so many years ago and you’re STILL trying to cover it up so… you can’t say anything.


You see? When you don’t own up the problem just gets bigger and bigger and bigger until you trap yourself. So all I can advise on that score is asking yourself, “What happened?” Try to remember how it started. Look for ways it might have made sense as to why you pretended something to begin with. Make observations.


I’m actually hoping that someone can own up because there are hundreds of others you just might relieve as it probably happened in the same way to them as well. Wouldn’t that be nice? Helping others to feel better? That’s one of the reasons accountability is such a wonderful thing. There was even a character made  out of it called Jiminy Cricket.



One scarier aspect of all of this is I didn’t realize, since I wasn’t on the “social” networks much, is we all were socializing with a video game system. I was engaged in a lot of activities, but one of the many things I was stuck to in 2013 was, in fact, a video game called Animal Crossing.


That particular game only has a monetary point system, really. You get fun stuff from that, but Animal Crossing has a knack for being a fictional world which navigates a great deal like real life. It’s enticing with cute animals for your neighbours who have recognizable patterns of behaviour that don’t repeat with others too often. Sending letters and receiving them with gifts can happen. There is a mailman, Pete, there is a mayor (who is usually asleep), a town hall, fishing, a museum, clothing store, a general store, cafe, bus to a city and back, and with internet access you can experience the Animal Crossing towns of others. I actually spoke with a microphone and speaker to many strangers who were quite nice and fascinating to talk to.


The structure of that video game was far more social than social networks have been for years. The passage of time plays an important role as well since there is gardening involved, day and night, seasons, holidays, special events, and extremely convincing conversation to where, although these are cartoon style animals, the chat feels as if one is in a real town with real individuals. Even if you wrote your neighbours an incomprehensible letter they would notice that it was incomprehensible. In comparison it feels far more like real life than social networks do, as if those networks are a less advanced and poorly engineered video game.


I was sated for comfort with Animal Crossing during a time so many others were being swayed into using a style of video game which encouraged less use of skills in the art of conversation than my cartoon birds, bears and cats were achieving in a fictional world that had been manufactured for Nintendo.


That’s what’s scary. I didn’t question a lack of comments for The Pit in most of 2013 because, not knowing about the traffic graph, I presumed no one had bothered with the textual version yet, or those who did decided it wasn’t their cup of tea. I had no idea people online were losing something that the “neighbours” in my Animal Crossing town had an automatic ability to do with programming which was that sophisticated. Video games were bringing forth fictional characters that could be more human than humans themselves.


It’s little wonder what is happening to us now echoes so many speculative and science-fiction stories. When I get a message with a lewd request I think, “What is this? ‘Logan’s Run?”


And this is also why some of us were taught those stories in school: to prepare us. I first read “The War of The Worlds” radio script in my 6th grade text book. (I got a cassette copy a year or two later.) Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio, folks! Similar stunts are done with television and now? “Don’t believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.” – Douglas Adams.


My Mum mentioned social media reminded her of “The Game” episode on Star Trek: The Next Generation. My friend, Melissa, was reminded of “Invasion of The Body Snatchers”. With the fandom politics trying to assimilate fans to a non-canon pairing? I’ve been reminded of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. And of course with the gas-lighting I heard and read on multiple levels, being told so much that obviously is untrue in real life and fiction? “1984” by George Orwell. Right now science-fiction and reality are blending too close for my own comfort!


It shows me how much I have come to truly admire Doctor Julia Hoffman. It isn’t likely she was pushed into becoming a doctor due to parental or peer-pressure. Against the expectations of her time period she became a doctor for herself. Another reason I appreciate Helena, Tiffany and Cassie writing on this web log to me about their longing for the Julia/Barnabas pairing, which is a healthy one in words to the effect of, “I enjoy it for me. It’s not for everyone.” This is what choice is all about and the freedom of that choice. Being different. That’s my own personal love for Doctor Hoffman. ❤



But for owning up to mistakes? I’m not sure what to advise. Perhaps you might go through old records, messages you’ve sent in a format that no one will distract you from them? Take steps into the last five years of what you’ve been saying or doing. Stop worrying about what everyone else is saying and concern yourself with yourself. That’s one thing this idea of constantly being “connected” ruined for us: Me-Time. Who wouldn’t go crazy starving for that?



Barnabas Collins was once dearly loved and one reason why is because he was sensitive, self-deprecating, loved his family and friends, turned from villain to anti-hero and then became the hero. A most progressive character. So progressive I can’t think of another that tops him. Like other vampires that came after him, he was aware of his curse, dreading the need to be a life that feeds off of other lives.


If that sounds familiar it ought to, because that is what we are. You don’t see cats in a state of remorse over a bird they’ve hunted down. It’s humans who have that remorse. We are the vampires feeding off of animals, but in other ways we also feed off of each other.


Why make a social network addictive? Money. Why make tasty food that isn’t nutritious for our fellow man? Profit. Why produce and sell movies interlaced with violence and spite? To catch viewers attention and increase the cash flow.



So if anyone has felt like a vampire enjoying The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows and hiding that you do? Barnabas Collins is the perfect role-model I can advise. Perhaps we can learn to love him again and not despise him so much. He does enough despising of himself on the show as it is.

Until next time? Play a video game, don’t let a video game play you. Turn off your smartphone, and log-out of your “social” network. Then find a really good game of solitaire and enjoy yourself. 🙂


Instructional Manual (April/May 2018)

aprile 2018 update 2c


Basic information for various sites for this series and how to use them to comment on episodes; this is mainly in the direction of the url

Plenty of guidance in how to use these sites. Welcoming if a listener only wants to focus on a single character, fandom or cameo.

Old internet rules for The Pit Crew. What makes me happiest: Commentary. Examples: My reading of Tito’s commentary for “Episode 5: Saving Pop” and Lisa’s commentary for “Episode 15: A Blundering Succubus”. Some examination of Willie and Sarah’s interactions, as well as Maggie merging her memories together.

Discussion of the “Dark Shadows” movie and Lisa’s wonderful reaction to that, and how I altered my offering to introducing more people to the series when it became more easily available. Social media, where it comes from, and how complaining about the people in areas that it comes from is paradoxical to our current social behaviour. (If one hates people on the West Coast, how is it applicable to use the addictive social tools they build to complain about them?)

How critiquing once had socially redeeming value and then degenerated into “bash-culture”, which is, ultimately, bad for your health. Pen pal information for L.W.A. and how Hidden Object and I maintained our friendship. The importance of correspondence. Our natural reactions to light and movement.

My struggle against social media addiction and the rewarding results. Helping a new fan of Dark Shadows and sending DVDs to her of the original series while comparing what she already knew. Consideration of villains and how they blend in to the storytelling. The importance of villains in stories, basic and complicated concepts. News about Auntie, too. How, oddly in this age, letter-writing is managing better than solely using the internet.

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Also available on iTunes


Lyrics for our pen friends in this project:

Celebrate the pale dawn, celebrate the birdsong,
Celebrate, this is your time,
Although we live in the wreckage and on the faultlines.

And everything we own is not everything we are,
With every word we breathe, we live, we live again.

Celebrate, there is no fear now,
There is no fear now for us to feel.
Celebrate, there is no fear now,
There is no fear now for us to feel,
For us to feel.


(The London) Suede “Faultlines”