"Angelique wanted to be loved. She wanted to be held.
She wanted to be the first lady of Collinwood. She
wanted to be cherished and treasured for who she was,
and everyone knew she could never have that, because
she was a witch, so no one trusted her and no one
respected her. But she could have everything she
wanted, through her power. So she's a tragic figure.
She can't achieve her dreams, and she will not let go
of her dreams, so it's a very interesting character. A
lot of people can identify with that."
In the late '60s and early '70s, millions of school
kids ran home every day to have the wits scared out of
them by vampire Barnabas Collins and his rival,
Angelique the witch, on the TV classic Dark Shadows.
Lara Parker played Angelique on the show and in the
MGM feature film Night of Dark Shadows (1971). In
1998, Lara wrote her first novel, Angelique's Descent,
which chronicles the life of her evil alter ego. It is
currently out of print, but the sequel, The Salem
Branch, is available in bookstores and on websites
like Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com
— Lara Parker
Although the TV series went off the air in1971, fans
still watch it on DVD -- and they flock to Dark
Shadows Festivals every year. They helped make Lara's
book quite successful: It went through four printings,
with more than 35,000 copies in print. It's currently
out of print, and Lara is at work on her next book.
The Dark Shadows phenomenon began in 1966, when one of
the most successful and unusual TV series ever to be
broadcast debuted on ABC-TV.
It only aired for 5
years, but Dark Shadows has remained alive in one form
or another for over 30 years. It spawned two series of
popular paperbacks, two comic book series, a newspaper
comic strip, two feature films, and a revival TV
When the first episode of Dark Shadows aired June 27,
1966, nothing quite like it had come before. Set in
the fictional seaside village of Collinsport, Maine,
the moody, atmospheric
series followed in the
tradition of Gothic novels. Eventually it featured
ghosts, witches and vampires as main characters, and
it proved to be unlike any other soap opera.
The story line was simple at first. It began with
Victoria Winters, a woman with a mysterious past,
traveling to Collinsport to work for the Collins
family as the governess for 9-year-old David. David's
father, Roger Collins, also lived at Collinwood, the
family mansion, as did Roger's sister, Elizabeth
Collins Stoddard and her daughter, Carolyn.