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"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."
— Lara Parker
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
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 series.

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. Read More

Dark Shadows
Lara Parker thinks Dark Shadows became a ratings sensation and a cult phenomenon because it was unique. "It was just a time in the history of show business when it worked," Lara says. "In the 1960s there were a lot of people experimenting on various hallucinogens and mind-altering substances, and they were tripping out on Dark Shadows. And then there were kids who raced home from school to see it, and it was their show." Dark Shadow's Viewers included a broad cross section of housewives, college professors, school children, and celebrities. Even former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis a fan. The show influenced a generation of artists, including some of the biggest names of the late 20th century, such as horror writer Anne Rice, designer Todd Oldham, and even media mega-star Madonna.


"It was so silly and so scary and so unpredictable, and at the same time, you could not watch a show that you didn't see somebody make a mistake, so it was a howl," Lara says. "And everybody that watched it either got scared, or they could be sensually or sexually aroused or they could giggle. It broke all the rules."

by Craig Hamrick
author, Barnabas & Company: the cast of the TV classic Dark Shadows

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