Olivia the Tormented by Katheryn Kimbrough published by Popular Library Copyright 1976
Sage of the Phenwick Women OLIVIA, THE TORMENTED
is one of the spellbinding novels in the greatest series of gothic romances ever conceived - THE SAGO OF THE PHENWICK WOMEN. You won't want to miss the others, exclusively in Popular Library editions.
The ghostly spirit of Augusta Phenwick predicted that the future bride of handsome, virile Joshua Phenwick would be named Olivia - but now Joshua was forced to choose between three incredibly tempting women who bore that name. One was lovely, aristocratic Olivia Loring. One was the captivating actress, Olivia Prit- chard. And one was the breathtaking Italian noble- woman, Olivia di Luca.
One of these women would make marriage a paradise. One would make it a hell. One could well turn it into a grave. But until the terrifying night in an ancient Eng- lish manor when their true natures were unmasked, each was a creature of menacing mystery, as against a glit- tering background of high society and satanic intrigue, the eeriest and most spellbinding chapter of the Phen- wick saga mounted to its shattering climax ...
If it were me, I would rule out the chic that would make marriage hell. And the one who would, more than likely, turn it into a grave would definitely be out of the running. So, once again, where is the dilemma? Do men never use logic when picking a woman? Does nothing matter but looks? I mean really, I don't care how good looking a man is, if he is threatening me with a bottle of acid, I'm not going to find him hot.
The Dark Shore by Susan Howatch published by Fawcett Books Copyright 1965
The Dark Shore
The anonymous voice from the past whispered into the receiver, "Welcome home, Mr. Towers. Does your financée know how you killed your first wife ten years ago?"
Soon after Sarah moved into her new home as the bride of charming, enigmatic Jon Towers, some instinct warned her to run for her life. Too many "accidents" were beginning to plague her.
Sarah knew only that her husband's first wife had plunged to her death from a nearby cliff, under mysterious and ques- tionable circumstances. Now someone was trying to kill Sarah. So, newlywed Sarah has an inside voice telling her to run. Could it be that some part of her knows that her "charming" new husband had something to do with his first wife's death? Could it be that Jon's home titters on the edge of a cliff. Could it be that she couldn't possible get cell service out there?
The fact is you can't put a biker-chick in white heels and a maxi skirt and expect her to be happy.
Dark Carnival by MaysieGreig Cover Art by Lou Marchetti published by Pyramid Books Copyright 1950
CHATEAU OF DEATH
The imposing form of Chateau Trione rose ominously above a cold, lifeless cliff from which, too recently, a young girl had plunged mysteriously to her death.
Shirley had come to the medieval chateau at the invita- tion of her good friend Robert, Count deRevenau. She had come to recuperate from a broken engagement, to loll on the sun-drenched sands of the Riveriera and to lose herself in the gaiety of Carnival time in Nice.
What had she to do with a terrible tragedy that belonged to the past? Now - with new love so near - why did she find herself inextricable drawn to the cliffs ... to mystery ... to death? (all very good questions) Wow, Lou Marchetti did a great job on this cover. It just screams Italian film dubbed in English. How appropriate. Awesome.
Born in Italy in the 1920's, Lou Marchetti grew up in United States, becoming a freelance illustrator and portrait painter. His illustrations graced the covers of numerous romance and pulp novels and magazines. His art was risqué, beautiful and truly memorable. There are many links to information on his art, including this one where there are posted image of his oil painting by his granddaughter
I want this book!
When he had run through the men in the boat, he had to look elsewhere.
The Stranger at the Gate by Jospehine Edgar published by Pocket Books Copyright 1973
As she drew nearer the great hall, Sarah fought back the fear and dark memories that had made her a stranger at its gates. Six years ago she had been a baronet's daughter, and this had been her home. Now, sixteen and father- less, she was an actress begging her aunt, Lady Sefton, to take her back.
But her aunt drove her away with the bitter words that Sarah was not a Sefton, and worse, that her true father was unknown.
Cruelly hurt, Sarah vowed there would come a day of reckoning - when Lady Sefton would be humbled and Sarah would again rule her ancestral mansion.
It seems to me that Lady Sefton was justified is not really liking Sarah. Firstly, she is sixteen. No one can get along with a sixteen year old. Secondly, she is an actress and teenage actresses tend to be a bit self-centered. Add that to the fact that she is a power hunger bastard and I would have driven here away too.
Now publishing is an expensive business and so is marketing. There is a story that goes around in the industry of a man who says he wastes half of the money he spends on market but he just doesn't know which half. Well Pocket Books was too smart for that. If they were going to press anyway, they were going to sell a little ad space. And if they were going to sell ad space, they wanted to make sure it worked for their target audience.
Who was their target audience? Well, let just say they covered all their bases.
The Pretty Ones by Dorothy Eden published by Ace Books Copyright 1957
The Pretty Ones
SHADOWS BEHIND SHADOWS; WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS. THIS WAS COURTLANDS, EMMA'S NEW HOME... (what on earth are they talking about?)
It seemed that nothing would ever upset the joys of marriage for Emma and her husband Barnaby, even though she knew little about the man she had met and married in a matter of weeks. (so what exactly are you basing this eternal optimism on?)
Then the unpleasant rumors started -that Barnaby's first wife disappeared under sinister circumstances; that no one really knew what happened to the two pretty young governesses who simply ran off without cause or explanation.
Emma trusted Barnaby; there were no questions she could or would ask him. But when a pathetic, lonely grave turned up in the field, her loyalty to her brood- ing, secretive husband gave way to cold, hard fear ...
Okay, I knew my husband (Aaron Bias - See Silver Age Gold) pretty well when we got married. In fact, I could, with all confidence say I trusted him completely. (Oh to be 21 and naive again) but I would have to say, I would not have had any hesitation is suspecting that he was responsible for a mass grave in my backyard even without all the suspicious circumstances surrounding this guy.
I mean really. Mysterious disappearances, brooding, secretiveness? Emma, that ugly shirt isn't going to save you from having your neck broken.
The Darkest Room by Grace Corren published by Magnum Books Copyright 1969
Touch of The Dead
Toby had been Anne Gunther's first and only love - but Toby was three years dead, killed in a tragic car crash (as opposed to a comic one?) for which Anne still felt responsible. But was Toby dead? Or was he still with her, unwilling to let her know peace as long as she still lived the life of which he had been deprived? (sounds kind of like a jerk) Anne tried to escape to Edith Allen's country house, but no matter where she went, how far she traveled, she could not escape from herself. She saw Toby in every stranger, in every darkened room, until she thought that she must be losing her mind. The old house that was to have been a refuge soon became a prison - and then fantasy turned to reality as some- one in the Allen house tried to kill her! (okay, so was she even invited) Was that someone motivated by living hatred for this girl who was a stranger in their midst - or was it the ghost of Toby, who could not rest until Anne joined him in eternity?
We finally have a woman smart enough to run from a house wearing a sensible matching pant and top active wear set and she doesn't think to wear shoes, or a bra for that matter! Did she leave these items in the darkest room and was unable to find them? Is Toby really such a jerk as to resent her being alive? And, if so, what was Toby's appeal to begin with? I think Anne must just go for the bad boys.
A Fear in Borzano by Willa Jay published by Magnum Books Copyright 1966
THE TOWER OF TERROR
From the moment she arrived in Borzano, Sally Grant Knew that something was wrong. (it's a wonder she stayed then) The servants were strangely aloof, the workmen were sullen, the natives unfriendly. Everywhere there was resentment against the small party of Americans who were transporting the Mazzini castle to America - and who might find the gold that was rumored to be hidden in the castle walls.
but the greatest danger was not from the people of Borzano - it was from the something unseen, something evil, that lurked within the castle itself. Sally was the first to sense it - it stalked her like a soul-hungry demon. And the time came when her only protection was a scream! in the night! (and how exactly would that help?)
Who would have thought that anyone would have a problem with Americans taking one of their country's landmarks and shipping it back home. Those damn foreigners with their "but that is part of my country's history", and their "that is part our heritage". If it really belongs to them, then why did God give Americans enough money to buy it? You don't have an answer to that do you?
This cover is awesome. I would swear I've seen that fountain outside of Collinwood. And exactly how long does a wine need to age in order to taste like terror and death?
Louise, the Restless by Katheryn Kimbrough published by Popular Library Copyright 1978
LOUISE,THE RESTLESS is one of the spellbinding novels in the greatest series of gothic romances ever conceived. You won't want to miss the others, all exclusively in Popular Library editions.
On the surface, Louise seemed the most perfect of Vic- torian young ladies - a beautiful, talented, charming creature, the apple of her physician father's eye, and a seemingly untouchable ideal to the young suitors who flocked around her.
Only Louise knew of the fever that burned in her blood, turning her life into an inferno of forbidden desire ... for a handsome, worldly aristocrat with too much sensual experience and seductive skill to be trusted ... for a dazzling concert pianist with a wife who refused to give him up ... for any man who promised to quench the rag- ging fires that threatened to consume all of Louise's hopes and dreams. There had been many Phenwick women before Louise - but none so blessed with every grace, and so damned by a curse that turned passion to peril and made love another word for fear ...
Wow, who would have suspected the inferno of lust that could not be doused even by a center part and hood. Looks like the boys in town have really beaten a path to Louise's door by the looks of those ... wagon tracks?
Oh those wacky Victorians! Clearly, Louise just needs to get laid.
Moon Garden by Jan Alexander published by Popular Library Copyright 1972
A STRANGESATANIC POWER WASSTALKING HER ...
Fleeing from the tragedy of a loved-one's death, beau- tiful Ellen Miles come to her aunt's Southern mansion to regain her strength. Although she had only recently suf- fered a nervous breakdown, Ellen found herself gradually rediscovering life and romance - drawn to two handsome, charming men and finding love with one of them.
Suddenly strange, terrifying events began to haunt her. Were the mansion and its garden really possessed by some diabolic force from the distance past? Or was Ellen's illness slowly, subtly returning to poison her thoughts?
No one - not even the man she loved - believed her tales of terror in the night. Was his affection genuine or merely a means to keep her silent? Struggling against the dark powers that engulfed her, Ellen began to doubt her own sanity ...
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There is something wrong in the logic that would ever bring someone recovering from a nervous breakdown to a dilapidated old plantation house that looks to be sinking into the swamp. The ambience just wouldn't be good for a fragile mind. Neither would a helmet of hair that looks totally too heavy and out of proportion to your head.
And what is up with all these women falling for jerks? Rule number one, if a guy doesn't believe you when you tell him something, he is probably not the guy for you. Rule number two, if you suspect a guy is dating you to "merely keep you silent" , he is probably not the guy for you. Rule number three, if a guy likes hanging out in a dilapidated old plantation house that looks to be sinking into a swamp, once again, he is probably not the guy for you.
Two Faces of Fear by Julie Wellsley published by Magnum Books Copyright 1971
Blood in the night ...
Seacliff House was ancient, a crumbling ruin threatened to fall into the sea. The locals avoided it, claiming that at best it was a house of evil and at worst - they shuddered, and quickly changed the subject. But Mary James could not change her mind so readily. She had accepted the job as nurse to Gerald Winchley in a desperate attempt to escape from London and she could not let the fears of superstitious natives drive her back to the city. Then the first murder was committed, and the blood ran free in the night. Was it a harbinger of things to come - or was it intended as a special warning to Mary? For the murderer - or murderers - would not be content to stop now ... and Mary seemed marked to be their next victim!
London must really suck for someone to prefer possible death to being there. I've never been to London but obviously I should avoid it in the future. AAA should start handing this one out as a travel brochure. Sure it wouldn't be good for their tourist industry but maybe London will think twice before being worse then being murdered. This cover totally reminds me of a Nancy Drew cover. It could be the the upturned eyes, the clean cut look of Mary James or the face that looks to be piecing together clues but it's probably just Nancy Drew's rampant hatred of London.
Drifthaven by Dan Ross writing as Clarissa Ross published by Avon Books Copyright 1974
A Chilling Performance By An Actor's Ghost
When Jean finally regained consciousness in the hospital, her brother-in-law Ian was at her bedside. He explained that she'd been lying there unconscious for five years as a result of the car crash that had taken her husband Darrel's life.
Darrel had been a successful actor, but a temperamental one and a hard drinker. Their marriage had always been a stormy one. Right after she left the hospital, Jean realized that her problems with Darrel were far from over. Her husband's ghost began to make frequent appearances. Jean was soon aware that Darrel intended to kill her. But a spirit surely couldn't do her real physical harm ... or could it?
How many of you are guessing that it is actually going to be her brother-in-law Ian. He wants all the money her dead husband left to her. He probably had control of it while she was in a comma and, after five years, doesn't want to loose it.
But it seems to me that after five years in a comma you are bound to wake up with some sort of supernatural powers. I don't see any way around it. Maybe she can read your thoughts. Maybe she knows what is going to happen minutes before it does. Maybe she can send you flying across the room with only an evil stare. It's hard to say, but one thing for sure is nobody better mess with Jean. And not just because she has a tough-girl, Camel smokin', steal your boyfriend and then beat you up kind of name either.
The Inheritance by Daoma Winston published by Avon Books Copyright 1972
She was the heiress to a chilling legacy - a time of terror, torment, and death
When Mary Ellen and her six relatives chose to live in the bleak New England mansion they inherited, a series of bizarre and baffling events occurred. Soon, one by one, her relatives were mysteriously killed. And slowly, Mary Ellen began to feel that she had inherited something she never guessed - something creeping up on her out of a maelstrom of fear and trembling!
I'm going to go out on a limb and say stress. I think stress is killing her relatives. I can't imagine the expense of maintaining a house of that size, not to mention the amount of property taxes involved. Good lord. I'm stressed out about my own house expenses and my place is only about ... um ... well it's just a little smaller than her place, so I should know.
What a great cover. If I was ever to run from a house I would definitely wear a cape. And, if at all possible, a dress that matched the place. In fact I think I may take this book into my next hair appointment and ask Whitney to give me "the trembling heiress". I think this is a beautiful cover. Awesome!
The Tuscany Madonna by Miriam Canfield published by Magnum Books Copyright 1965
a strange proposal
Strangely impelled by her father, lovely, spirited Denise de Bonneville accepts the wealthy stranger Brian Cowle's unorthodox proposal of a 'Marriage Blanc' - a union in name only - to save the family's ancestral chateau Les Cedres, which houses the priceless painting of the Madonna by Raphael. By authority of the family will, the rare painting can not be removed from the estate.
Reluctantly, Denise returns to the sullen and isolated chateau which she feared in her childhood. Now as a bride - surrounded by strangers and without the protection of her beloved parents - Denise senses that Les Cedres is more ominous and filled with unexplicable (this is not my typo) danger.
When her withdrawn husband locks himself and the painting in his private chambers, Denise knows she must fight the enigmatic forces which engulf her ... She knows she must unbolt to door to survive.
Okay, this one just sounds good. It maybe because it has a little bit of "Night of Dark Shadows" going on with it.
The cover art has an odd finish to is but I like it. It also looks to be signed "Avalon".
Cat's Prey by Dorothy Eden published by Coronet Books Copyright 1952
'No-one can suggest an eerie atmosphere and the sinister trifle better than Miss Dorothy Eden' THE GUARDIAN
When Antonia arrived in Auckland, the voice that warned her of danger over the telephone sounded heavy and menacing. It decoyed her away from the hotel - and while she was away someone searched her room.
When she eventually reached her cousin Simon's house, were the noises she heard in the night those of an imprisoned and terrified woman, or just echoes in a mind stretched to exhaustion? Surely she wasn't imagining the light in the deserted wing ... ?
That is two book in a row with someone being menaced via telephone. Do you think Dorothy Eden had some issues to work through?
Our cover artist appeared to have signed their work "GD" but I have had no luck tracking down any information on them. You've got to love the matching eye shadows and dress though and anytime you can have a font color match someone's hair it is truly marketing genius! But, quite frankly, I am disappointment that there isn't actually a cat.
An Afternoon Walk by Dorothy Eden published by Fawcett Crest Books Copyright 1971
THE SHRILL RINGING OF THE PHONE ...
shattered the peaceful sun-drenched afternoon.
The voice was the voice of a stranger. "Am I speaking to Mrs. Simpson?"
"Yes," said Ella tensely, "I am Mrs. Simpson."
"The very lady I want. Just a word of advice, love. Drive carefully."
The caller hung up abruptly.
Not that Ella would have wanted to talk to him. She hated the sound of his voice. Very vulgar. But why was he calling her all the time? Warning her? About lots of things. Even about her small daughter, Kitty.
"Do you know where Kitty is?" the voice threatened.
Her husband didn't believe a word of it. Told her she was imagining things. That she was loony.
He also didn't believe about the old, empty house she and Kitty had stumbled upon a few afternoons ago.
But she had seen the house. And so had Kitty. And now that she thought about it she realized that all her troubles had begun with the visit to that house.
There was something dark and evil about the place. Something terrible. But what? And who would believe her even if she did find out?
Now I don't want to take sides here, but really, I'm sure her husband has some reason to not believe her. A person just doesn't up and decide to call their spouse a loon without some precedent. The poor man has probably been through all this before. He has probably struggle with it only to finally break down and accept that fact that his poor wife was crazy and very likely had passed the "crazy gene" town to their child.
How horrible for him. How utterly hopeless a place to find yourself, with no one to talk to but the loon herself.
The Lute and the Glove by Katherine Wigmore Eyre published by Ace Books Copyright 1955
"Fine psychological thriller ... one of the best." -SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
"THE LUTE AND THE GLOVE is an entertaining novel which holds the reader in bone-thrilling suspense to the end as it probes the strange affinity of a red-haired American heroine for the Tudor mansion of her ancestors.
"The past is not dead for Anne Carey at the centuries-old estate she visits after her father's death. Although summer blooms outside, she alone sees a winter's rain on non-existent window panes and a clandestine meeting of lovers, one of them her double.
"How Anne learns the identity of these two, and how she escapes from them, pro- vide unusual suspense." - WASHINGTON POST TIMES-HERALD
Wow, this book cover holds a total of 4 reviews. The San Francisco Examiner with its "one of the best" and with The San Francisco Chronicle says it belongs on the "bone-chiller shelf". So what is this "provides unusual suspense" crap from the Washington Post? Did the reviewer even bother to read it? It sounds like a book report you write when you didn't even manage to rent the movie.
"George Orwell's Animal Farm provides an important lesson through barnyard antics."
Just seems like the reviewer is just not committed to the project. If you've got the ego to feel you can judge for others you really need to own it. Go for "You call that a suspense?" or "She actually being a man was obvious from the first." If you're not going to read it, be bold! Have some balls.
Darkwater by Dorothy Eden published by Fawcett Crest Books Copyright 1963
My Dear Family -
If ever you have doubts as to what is happening, if every you are uneasy, will you tell me, or send a message to me or my aunt? If this injunction seems like nonsense to you now, it may not always be nonsense...
Fanny knew then that Adam felt as she did about the strange events at Darkwater. Even before the sudden death of the old Chinese amah, she had sensed a chill of menace in the atmosphere. Now there was real peril in the mists and fogs that beshrouded the ancient English estate. There was danger ... especially for Fanny - ravishing, lovely young Fanny - who was too curious and headstrong for her own good ...
"A gem of its species." - Boston Globe
"Dorothy Eden ... knows how to build Gothic romance as solidly as a Gothic tower." - Chicago Tribune Nature plays a delicate balancing act. The spiders is to a mosquito what wolves are to deer. Everything needs to be kept in check. In this case Fanny is not just lovely, she is ravishing, so it is only fair to the rest of us that she also be "too curious and headstrong for her own good".
In my case, to make up for my own breathtaking cuteness, I am a poor proofreader and grocery stores make me cry.
I had a lot of fun with Dark Shadows October but to be completely honest, I am thrilled to be back to my cover theme. Though I am on a hunt for some weird Thanksgiving or Christmas themed "woman running" cover. We'll see.
Dark Shadows the Salem Branch by Lara Parker published by Harper Collins Publishing Copyright 2006
As the original Dark Shadows story line ended, Barnabas Collins had escaped the curse of the witch Angelique and found his way back to humanity after two hundred years as a ravenous vampire. Now actress Lara Parker, Angelique herself, reveals the next dark twist in the sage of love and cruelty.
The roots of the Collins family's powerand wealth go deep ...
Barnabas Collins is ready to embark on a new life and marriage with his savior, the virtuous Dr. Julia Hoffman. But when Antoinette, a beautiful sixties flower child with a shocking resem- blance to the immortal witch Angelique, rebuilds the Old House, his past returns to haunt him. Discovering a grisly corpse in the basement - where his own casket once lay - Barnabas realizes another vampire has invaded his domain.
Did Antoinette summon the vampire, or is she as innocent as she is beautiful? And what of her daughter, Jacqueline, confined for delusions of witchcraft to the local sanitarium?
Back to the corrupt witch trials of old Salem itself ...
Barnabas's fight to protect his family from this new threat will take him back through time to an evil moment in America's his- tory. Two hundred years ago, Jacqueline's previous incarnation was tried and condemned to hang as a witch in Salem. Desperate, she spilled the blood of her newborn babe to cure her greedy and corrupt judges - including a Collins. How powerful is her malevolent curse, and how much of her fate and her witch- craft does present-day Jacqueline remember?
After a wait of thirty years, the next chapter in the Dark Shadowssaga finally unfolds with the full measure of eroticism, spellbind-ing suspense, and gripping storytelling that made the originaltelevision series a timeless hit.
This cover is really cool. I think we have a men running from houses cover here. The witch, looming over a sinister house and our poor tormented hero in the foreground. Ah, Photoshop is SO fun.
Best thing about this book ? Lara Parker signed it. Go me!
Barnabas Collins and the Mysterious Ghost Marilyn (Dan) Ross published by Harper Collins Publishing Copyright 1970
Collinwood is plagued with a series of men acing events when a ballet troupe arrives there to perform for the summer tourists. One girl in particular, the beautiful Diana Samson, who Barnabas has come to love, (of course he has) is repeatedly attached by a mysterious, in visible presence.
When the star of the ballet is murdered, everyone is suspect - including Diana and Barnabas. (of course he is) And when several graves are found opened, the old legend of the invisible ghost of Collinwood is revived.
As the attaches on Diana continue, Barna- bas must find a way to stop them before she is murdered. But will he have to fight a hu- man enemy - or a supernatural force with powers greater than his own?
BARNABAS COLLINS AND THE MYS- TERIOUS GHOST is the thirteenth in a series of thrilling novels based on ABC-TV's popular suspense drama, DARK SHADOWS.
Apparently Collinwood is like the Motel 6 of Collinsport. Everyone comes to stay. Despite all the mysterious attacks by wolves , deaths by misadventure and flat- out, poor hospitality, they all flock to visit. That must be one hell of a brochure.
The Demon of Barnabas Collins (Dan) Ross published by Harper Collins Publishing Copyright 1969
The arrival of a movie company at Collin- wood gives Barnabas a chance to escape Angelique's awful curse - the curse which has made him one of the living dead.
Barnabas meets and falls in love with beau- tiful film star Rita Gleen. In order to save him, she introduces him to the mysterious Dr. Moreno who has a cure for Barnabas.
Barnabas is jubilant over his recover - but not for long. Suddenly he is in a life and death battle with another vampire - with Rita's life at stake. The only way to save her is to return to the curse once again.
THE DEMON OF BARNABAS COLLINS is the eighth in a series of thrilling novels based on ABC-TV's popular suspense drama, DARK SHADOWS. For a complete list, see page two of this book.
Wow, Barnabas is like a teenage boy with how easily he falls in love. Just be remotely attractive and in the same general vicinity and he's head-over-heels. He's ready to confess to you about his poorly concealed "condition", switch to your health care provider and even be willing to get re-cursed all for someone he's known for a week.
They don't mention it but I am just sure the before page forty he's broached the subject of a joint checking account.
I just got access to a couple more of the Dark Shadows earlier books. Even though this will make them a bit out of order, I wanted to included them.
One last thing, don't you think it odd that on this cover Barnabas Collins is staring at his stake and mallet like he doesn't know quite what to do with them? I mean, he's been a vampire for 200 years, it's pretty straight forward.
Dark Shadows Dreams of the Dark by Stephen Mark Rainey and Elizabeth Massie published by Harper Collins Publishing Copyright 1999
Angelique and Barnabas. Lovers once upon a time, through treachery and deceit they have now become immortal enemies. To pay for her evil jealously that left Barnabas damned to feast on the blood of humans, Angelique has been banished to the netherworld. Meanwhile, Barnabas lives a lie, carefully guarding his hellish secret from the unsuspecting mortals with whom he lives - including Victoria Winters, the ethereally beautiful governess to the Collins family.
Determined to escape her dark imprisonment, Angelique conjures a diabolical plan that will make her flesh again. Using her psychic powers, she will send another vampire to destroy Barnabas completely. But as she will soon discover, the powers of darkness may have found their match in the burning light of innocence .... and love.
Vividly imagined, grippingly written, each Dark Shadows novel is filled with the eroticism, supernatural suspense, and spellbinding story telling that has made this classic daytime serial a timeless hit.
Okay, well our covers are getting a little closer to the theme. We have a beautiful house which, for our purposes, we will call scary. We have a bat and we have a man wearing too much make-up posing with a cane in a less than menacing way, but for our purposes we will say that we are being threatened by a cane.
I like to think that in this cover WE are the woman running from the house. Pretty exciting really.
Note to self: Must read gothic romance novels when walking on the treadmill for increased speed inspiration.
Dark Shadows Angelique's Descent by Lara Parker published by Harper Collins Publishing Copyright 1998
Two of the most popular Dark Shadows characters, Barnabas Collins and Angelique, were eternally bound by love and hate. Now, actress Lara Parker, Angelique herself, tells you how it all began.
A PASSION BORN IN ECSTASY ...
The dashing heir of a New England shipping magnate, Barnabas Collins captured the heart of the exquisite, young Angelique amidst the sensual beauty of Martinique, her island home. But Angelique's brief happiness is doomed when Barnabas cruelly deserts her and becomes engaged to another. Little, though, does Barnabas know of the evil his betrayal will unleash ...
AND DESTROYED BY JEALOUSY AND BETRAYAL
For Angelique is no ordinary woman. Raised in the mysterious black art of voodoo witchcraft, she had long ago pledged her soul to darkness and become immortal. Vowing to torment and destroy Barnabas, a vengeful Angelique damns him to eternal life as a vampire - a companion to accompany her forever. Little, though, does Angelique understand the depth of Barnabas's fury...
Vividly imagined, grippingly written, each Dark Shadows novel is filled with the eroticism, supernatural suspense, and spellbinding storytelling that has made this classic daytime serial a timeless hit.
Now I promised all Dark Shadows this month but I have run out of the 60's and 70's novels.
I am a huge fan of Dark Shadows, and of the books written by Dan Ross. And, while this one is actually written far better, it just loses the innocence of the old show and book series. It is still fun and Angelique, of course, is a total badass.
Barnabas, Quentin, and the Magic Potion by Marilyn (Dan) Ross published by Paperback Library Copyright 1971
Barnabas predicts trouble for Collin- wood when Nicholas Freeze, in whose antique shop Carolyn Stoddard works, dis- covers a centuries-old potion that promises eternal youth. Soon after, Mr. Freeze's daughter Hazel, tricked into taking the serum, dies. Carolyn is grief-stricken over her friend's death. Barnabas insists she stay on at the shop to watch Nicholas Freeze and his associates, one of who Carolyn suspects is Quentin Collins, back at Collinwood in a disguise.
Then Carolyn sees Hazel's ghost.
She interprets this as a warning that Mr. Freeze has marked her for his next victim. Barnabas still refuses to let her quit.
Has Barnabas made a fatal mistake by deliberately endangering Carolyn's life? Or will his plan avenge Hazel's murder and put her spirit to rest?
Why does Carolyn need a job? If she does need a job, why doesn't she work for the family? Don't they own a shipyard or something?
Not to mention the fact that the Collins family abandoned a house because it became dusty. It's hard to believe any of them really have an appreciation for antiques.
Plus, I really don't think that Barnabas needs to worry so much about Mr. Freeze. I do believe that the Dynamic Duo are already on the case.
Barnabas, Quentin and the Frightened Bride by Marilyn (Dan) Ross published by Paperback Library Copyright 1970
Ann and John Hayward's honeymoon at Collinwood slowly turns into a series of nightmares.
Soon after their arrival, John, who is re- covering from a war injury, falls victim to strange, violent spells. In a fit of irrational jealousy, he accuses his wife of falling in love with Barnabas Collins.
Meanwhile, a series of attacks on her life frighten Ann into believing John is trying to kill her. Though tormented by doubts of John's sanity, she believes his warning that Barnabas is a vampire. Ann nevertheless accepts help from Barnabas - and unknow- ingly becomes the prey to the evil forces at Collinwood!
Lets break this down, shall we.
Firstly, John Hayward is too cheap to take his wife anywhere good for their honeymoon. I see nothing romantic at all about spending ones first few weeks of marriage around a bunch of angry people you don't know. (that's for Thanksgiving)
Secondly, the only irrational thing about John's jealousy is that it is about Barnabas Collins. How can you suspect your woman of falling for Barnabas when Quentin "Man of Action" is staying in the same house. I have seen that man violently tear a decorator sword from the wall to defend himself and back HARD into a doorknob with barely a flinch. What woman wouldn't fall for that?!
Thirdly, and most importantly, Barnabas Collins is the worst vampire of all time. Why does everyone always "suspect" him of being a vampires? Because he is so painfully obvious with his "I won't be back until after sunset.", "I'll be out of town during the daylight." and "Oh, by the way, I'm not a vampire." stuff. That man really needs to learn a little about playing it close to the vest.
I just received my first email from a reader. I was so exited I wanted to share ...
I’m a 53yr old married biker dude who just so happens to love the old Gothic Romances. My wife loves books generally reserved as “guy books” so we really have our roles turned around but hey, it works for us. I really enjoyed going through your web site and blowing up every book cover to take a closer look. I appreciated your comments on the books. I sure hope you keep adding book covers! Are there many people interested in Gothic Romance? I feel like I’m out there all alone until I see a website like yours. Usually they have long since become inactive but you are going on strong. That is refreshing for me. Keep it up! Thanks!
Barnabas, Quentin and the NIghtmare Assassin by Marilyn (Dan) Ross published by Paperback Library Copyright 1970
Carolyn Stoddard is knocked unconscious when the sports car she and Barnbas are rid- ing in skids on a patch of ice. She regains con- sciousness in Collinwood with Barnabas and Quentin Collins at her side - but the year is 1870! And Collinwood is being terrorized by a savage Killer. Carolyn likes Quentin and re- fuses to believe that even in werewolf form he could be the murderer. But even Quentin is convinced of his own guilt. The old family lawyer hires someone to kill him. Several days later, before he can reveal the assassin's name, the lawyer dies. Quentin has signed his own death sentence, marked for death by an un- known killer.
BARNABAS, QUENTIN AND THE NIGHTMARE ASSASSIN in the eighteenth in a series of thrilling novels based on ABC- TV's popular suspense drama, DARK SHADOWS. For a complete list, see page 2 of this book.
I believe I have actually read this one. But even with the moment by moment back over synopsis, I can't remember it every well. The one thing I do remember is that the "sports car" the back cover refers to is a station wagon, Barnabas, it seems, is constantly being referred to as "handsome" and Caroline seems to want to shag her own cousins. Distant or know, ick.
Best thing about this one? Take a look at the mustache on Roger! Isn't it fabulous. Now there's a real man for you!
Barnabas, Quentin and the Mummy's Curse by Marilyn (Dan) Ross published by Paperback Library Copyright 1970
When Professor Anthony Collins decides to catalog his Egyptian relics at Collinwood, he brings with him the mummy of King Re- hotip, who "died" over 2000 years ago. Only the professor knows (and everyone who just saw the quotes around the word dead) that Rehotip is really in a state of suspended animation. One night, the professor brings the mummy to life. (of course he does) Suddenly a young girl is killed. The police suspect Quentin Collins. Maggie Evans, certain the killer is the mummy wants to warn the police. Professor Collins threatens to accuse Barnabas if she does. Frightened into silence, Maggie lives in ter- ror, wondering if she will be the next victim.
Okay, this is the Collins family. They live in Collinwood. They live in a town called Collinsport. Can't they just hush this stuff up like a Kennedy would? Surely there is benefit to being super rich, living in a house everyone in town is too spooked to go near and, most importantly of all, being the biggest employer around. I mean, what's a little bit of "the walking dead" to sixty thousand a year at the Collins family shipyard.
Barnabas Collins and the Gypsy Witch by Marilyn (Dan) Ross published by Paperback Library Copyright 1970
Warned by a gypsy witch that violent death will surround her, Roxanna Collins turns to her distant cousin, Barnabas, for help.
But Barnabas is also in trouble. For when Roxanna's father and brother are murdered suspicion centers on Barnabas. Even Rox- anna, who feels she is under some strange spell, soon begins to doubt the man she has come to love.
To save his life, Barnabas must prove to the police - and to Roxanna - that he is inno- cent. And he must find the key to the mad- nessand mystery surrounding Collinwood before Roxanne becomes the next victim in a nightmare of evil.
BARNABAS COLLINS AND THE GYPSY WITCH is the fif- teenth in a series of thrilling novels based on ABC-TV's suspense drama, DARK SHADOWS.
Okay, Barnabas Collins is a vampire. Why does he care if the police as suspicious of him for a crime? Shouldn't he just kill them? I mean, if I were ever a vampire, I would just kill them. All of them. Roxanna, her father, her brother, the police. Everybody really. Then I'd kill the Gypsy Witch for revealing my agenda.
Barnabas Collins and Quentin's Demon by Marilyn (Dan) Ross published by Paperback Library Copyright 1970
IS THERE A WEREWOLF LOOSE AT COLLINWOOD? WILL LARA BALFOUR HAVE TO DIE TO FIND OUT?
When Quentin Collins invited Lara Balfour to Collinwood, they knew each other only from the correspondence that had grown out of Quentin's admiration for the haunting waltz her father had composed.
Soon Quentin professed to love Lara - but is his love really a threat? His first wife's throat was torn out by a wolflike creature who escaped capture. Since then, other young women had died in the same grisly fashion ... in the full of the moon, when Quentin's mysterious "attacks" occur.
Lara faces the terrifying possibility that her brooding, sensitive host is a werewolf. She won't leave Collinwood, for that would mean leaving Barnabas, who she has come to love. But will Bar- nabas be able to save her, if she strays?
In 1968, when the the Dark Shadows producers began to feel that their immortal vampire wasn't as young as he used to be, the show decided they needed some fresh "eye candy". Well, since nothing gets ladies a-swooning like tall, snide and paste-on mutton chops, (Actually, replace snide with smart-ass and you have my now husband when I first met him. I made him get rid of the mutton chops though.) Quentin Collins was born. Leaving Barnabas to battle him for the ladies attention and forcing him to share the spotlight in all but two of the books that followed Quentin's introduction. Poor, poor Barnabas.
Several years ago I had the good fortune of stumbling across a collection of 60's and 70's Gothic romance novels at a garage sale. The uses of the term "good fortune" has nothing whatsoever to do with the quality of the novels themselves. In fact, they were all equally terrible. But it was my "good fortune" to learn of a previously unknown art form. The art of women running from houses.
Gracing the cover of each book was an interpretation, some better than others, of this same subject matter. On their back covers each described roughly the same story. How completely wonderful!
Since then I have managed to obtain hundreds of these books and while I may never have time to read all of them, I am making it my mission to share their glory with the world.
I am a great fan of comics, View-Masters, magazine and book cover illustrations from the 50's, 60's and 70's, as well as old horror films. So that I don't drive my husband too crazy (or distract him too long from his own obsessions) I have chosen to obsess to strangers.