The Genesis For The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows

Hell yeah

So, Dark Shadows… an insane and multi-layered universe to start with. The heavy stack of gothic novels inspired to create it is daunting in itself. As I finally realized, Dark Shadows is it’s own multi-fandom in that sense. But boy! Does it get startling and depressing at times. Dan Curtis… why a soap-opera? AH! I like spooky, in fact I LOVE spooky and Dark Shadows is certainly that, but also horrorific which I’m not the biggest fan toward. DARN IT! How did I get myself into this mess? Oh, yeah. The Harry Potter craze in which I got serious peer pressure to like that. I did by the third book, but then by the fifth I was ready to throw the book out the window and just about screamed, “If I wanted a spooky soap-opera I’d be watching Dark Shadows!”

Ah-ha! Mail-home DVD rentals! Now might be the time! (I didn’t make efforts previously because I’m sturdy about chronology and started with what they had. The days of Laura & Bill Malloy were not available to me yet.)

I dug in about the time my anhedonia (numbing depression) began taking hold which created an increase to my alcohol imbibing. I could drink right along with this Roger guy, no problem. 

Things kept getting worse in my life and Dark Shadows became an escape but not the kind I’d encountered before. Why do people love Barnabas Collins? He’s being so mean! By the time I became invested in the series my own troubles were slowly working out, I had a lovely home and a solid marriage even though I was still struggling through the depression.

Oh, 1795, here we go… WOW! What a wonderful man he used to be. Oh, great what’s going on now? Sheez, Widows Hill is cursed! Well, we’re back in the 1960s maybe some relationships will work out… Oops no, Angelique is back in a black wig and loud 1960s clothing. Uh-oh… what’s she doing to Sam Evans? … wait… um, no… no… NO… NO… NO!

I pull the handle of the recliner, the footrest jolted with a mighty twang and I said, “Okay, we’re gonna fix this. Where’s the fanficiton?” Well, I find the fanfiction… and no… it just gets worse… no… no… no… UGH! Where are the relief stories I’m looking for? Where are the ones where everything gets solved so I can just believe in that and carry on? Hmm… here’s a little one for Victoria… *sigh* that’s it?

All right, gotta do it myself. How the heck to get this stuff started? Well, not sure about Willie Loomis so let’s interrupt the story line at the point he went to Wyndcliff and I can bring him back later when more is worked out. And Angelique is a huge mess I’m not even sure where to start!

So I went down the line of characters: “Okay, what do you want?”

Jason: dead, gone, good, happy!

Maggie? Well it looks like you weren’t keen on Joe since you made the babyfood crack and that is rather bossy over there. Plus there are these signs your life is full of mystery and here are these other signs of a Josette reincarnation and you don’t like to be idle. Got it.

David? Oh, pretty lonely, need a friend your age, of course!

Roger? You? You need a good book! We’ll get to you more but you can already be helpful with that marvelous sense of humour!

Carolyn & Tony? No problem, when you’re squared away you can be helpful too.

Sam Evans, well we KNOW this is all for you, HEY a painter, and a Captain with a painting in the State of Maine. GOT IT!

Julia Hoffman? Well, like most of the chiks around here you want Barnabas but he’s not into you in that way, how about this other fellow of academic persuasion? When one’s love goes unrequited and another man thoughtfully allows himself the opportunity to see this and make his feelings known, what will a lady do when she’s given affection from elsewhere she never expected? You got it. Her heart melts. ^_^

Elizabeth? Victoria? A connection? OKAY! We got that down, just step over here, over here.

Oh, dear… Barnabas Collins… it’s pretty damn OBVIOUS what you want. Well now that I’ve been so dumb as to interrupt AFTER the kidnapping… Maggie? Josette? How do you feel about that?

She said, “That’s tough, but in the long run, it’ll be worth it.”

b and w heartwarm

If 50 Shades is So Popular… How About 50 Shadows?


Ah, I see I have a couple new followers. *BIG GRIN* Not sure what that means but I think it means support. I’m currently excavating the T-rated version of this… that oddly allows more violence than intimate encounters of the more loving variety. I can get that up at some point after this one is done. But if you’re curious about what my very first published in print book may be and you’re groovy with drop-down menus to switch chapters… here it is:

I have some lovely reviews/commentary. The ones I adore are the helpful style that either treat the novel per chapter as if watching the original program, or giving insight as to what was enjoyed. Of course, this version of the original program would likely only air on stations like Showtime, Playboy or perhaps the wee hours of HBO. I’m thinking more of a meld, really. Because I generally do not enjoy pornography I had to get around certain shynesses of my own when this couple took me over to arrange a rough draft of what they would experience after almost 200 years of repressed romance.

I managed to steer clear of any vulgar word usage to deal with that aspect.

This time around it blended beautifully for me into a tale of ups and downs. This is the end result of our hope and horizon to The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. (I express that in the summary.)

And yes, it has healed our marriage as mentioned in my previous journal post here. I truly believe I have never put together anything so good in my entire life… but I still blush. These two took me over, as well as Willie Loomis. They did.

The only flaws I’m looking for are possible needs for descriptions in setting, costume and physical persons. Otherwise, enjoyment, pleasure, “Thanks for the lovely evening”… words to that effect would be marvelous. (And directly here, on facebook, or via email is fine if that is preferred.)

It currently has 32 Chapters, including an authors’ note as to how it all came into being. It’s all in first person but that first person switches per chapter and I have been cautious to clue-in who is speaking in the first paragraph of each. Still, one must sip and not rush through it. I was told it’s like a fine wine or cognac; to be taken slowly. As it is partially inspired by the writings of Vladimir Nabokov I suppose it would have to be.

Strangely enough they are vampires, but less sun-fearing and no sparkles. Also they do have sex, and yes, they are having a baby. But just one… a very important one. ❤

Enjoy… ^_^

Margaret Josette Dupres (A Novel)


The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows

The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows

Essentially a condensed Re-write from a particular point, to tie up loose ends and pair up everyone. Positive feedback, including laughter, can be sent to (Send a message for the info to which episodes apply to the different characters if you only want those specific bits. It has gotten rather wildly Multi-fandom. Just leave a comment to the email address listed asking for which you’d like.)

So far the fandoms are: Dark Shadows, The Kids in The Hall, Clue (Wadsworth), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Addams Family, Bewitched, The Munsters, Psycho, and cameos with Slimer, Norman Bates, Dr. “Hawkeye” Pierce, and hopefully in the future a large role with Dr. Who.