Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dark Shadows - Barnabas, Quentin and the Haunted Cave - Book 21

Barnabas, Quentin and the Haunted Cave by Marilyn (Dan) Ross
published by Harper Collins Publishing
Copyright 1970

Harriet Turnbridge asks Barnabas Collins
for help after her husband, her brother-in-
law, and father-in-law are found dead, their
throats savagely ripped open.

The police insist the killer is a mad beast.
Harriet thinks that the phantom recently
seen at Collinwood is responsible. Barnabas
suspects that Quentin Collins, disguised a
wealthy hippie, is guilty.

Where will they find the murderer? In the
nightmare world of Harriet's dreams? In the
haunted cave beneath the Collins' family
cemetery? Or in another century - when
witchcraft and demonology threatened Col-

I was very excited to pick up 3 more of the Dark Shadows paperbacks this weekend, and while their covers do not hold the iconic image this site is dedicated to seeking out, Dark Shadows is just awesome!

Why, if not a woman running from a house, couldn't this cover hold an image of David Selby disguised as a "wealthy hippie"? I wonder exactly what a wealthy hippie would look like. I only know that they would smoke the very best of weed.

Much like the television show there doesn't ever seem to be much attention paid to the details with these books. If you take a closer look you'll notice that the image on the front isn't even in the correct proportion for the oval inset and they just added a sad little block of gray at the top. But that is all made up for by Quentin Collins sporting one of those sport jacket and tight dress pant ensembles all the woman love.


  1. If you want to make this cover fit the theme of your website, just notice how its basic design influenced the woman-running-from-a-castle cover of DC Comics' "House of Secrets" #89.

  2. Thanks! I hadn't see that comic cover before. I was familiar with the the Sinister House of Secret Love No. 3, which is very similar to the Dark Shadows layout, but WOW! that is dead on.

    Thanks so much for bring it to my attentions!