DARK SHADOWS - THE BOOK SERIES
On June 27, 1966 Dark Shadows aired on ABC. A "Women Running From Houses" saga in soap opera form, halfway through the first year, the looming danger inherent in any Gothic romances was kicked up a notch with the introduction of a real ghost. And, after its first year, facing possible cancellation, the series let go with a plethora of supernatural happenings.
The series added nearly another 4 years to its run by "borrowing" from such classic tales as The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Turn of the Screw and Wuthering Heights with the introduction of vampires, werewolves, monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel and a parallel universe. Its last episode aired on April 2, 1971 with a grand total of 1245 episodes under its belt.
Dark Shadows inspired 2 films The House of Dark Shadows in 1970 and Night of Dark Shadows in 1971, a Gold Key comic, a newspaper strip, aired for years in syndication, inspired a miniseries remake in 1991 and rumors of a possible new feature film are always floating around.
But for our purposes, the most important thing is that Dark Shadows inspired a series of 32 fabulous books. Written by Dan Ross, under the pen name Marilyn Ross, the series follows the Collins family through many looming dangers and sinister threats.
Dark Shadows (December 1966)
Victoria Winters (March 1967)
Strangers at Collins House (September 1967)
The Mystery of Collinwood (January 1968)
The Curse of Collinwood (May 1968)
Barnabas Collins (November 1968)
The Secret of Barnabas Collins (January 1969)
The Demon of Barnabas Collins (April 1969)
The Foe of Barnabas Collins (July 1969)
The Phantom and Barnabas Collins (September 1969)
Barnabas Collins vs. the Warlock (October 1969)
The Peril of Barnabas Collins (November 1969)
Barnabas Collins in a Funny Vein (1969)
Barnabas Collins and the Mysterious Ghost (January 1970)
Barnabas Collins and Quentin's Demon (February 1970)
Barnabas Collins and the Gypsy Witch (March 1970)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Mummy's Curse (April 1970)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Avenging Ghost (May 1970)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Nightmare Assassin (June 1970)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Crystal Coffin (July 1970)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Witch's Curse (August 1970)
The Dark Shadows Book of Vampires And Werewolves (August 1970)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Haunted Cave (September 1970)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Frightened Bride (October 1970)
House of Dark Shadows (October 1970)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Scorpio Curse (November 1970)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Serpent (December 1970)
Barnabas Collins A Personal Picture Album (December 1970)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Magic Potion (January 1971)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Body Snatchers (February 1971)
Barnabas, Quentin and Dr. Jekyll's Son (April 1971)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Grave Robbers (June 1971)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Sea Ghost (August 1971)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Mad Magician (October 1971)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Hidden Tomb (December 1971)
Barnabas, Quentin and the Vampire Beauty (March 1972)
In 1998, Lara Parker an actress from the show added a new novel to the Collins saga and again in 2006.
Dark Shadows: Angélique's Descent (December 1998)
The Salem Branch (July 2006)
Now sadly I do not own all of these books but I do have my fair share of them and my hope is to share them with you in a special
ALL DARK SHADOWS OCTOBER!