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Did you watch the original ‘Dark Shadows’? April 22, 2012

Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, News.
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I don’t  really remember DARK SHADOWS but it was on — maybe reruns — when I was a kid. Some of my friends weren’t allowed to watch it, but I’m pretty sure we had it on because I do recall the weird music. But I draw a blank about the plot — other than it was about vampires.

JONATHAN FRID, who played the soap opera’s tormented vampire BARNABAS COLLINS, died April 14 in Canada, just weeks before the release of the Tim Burton version of DARK SHADOWS, which opens May 11 and stars JOHNNY DEPP. Frid, who was 87, has a cameo in the Burton film.

According to Reuters:

“Dark Shadows” ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971, but Frid did not join the show until its second year when he was brought in as a villainous vampire in an effort to improve the show’s flagging ratings. Barnabas developed into more than a villain, as he was shown taking risks to help others and demonstrating sympathy and a romantic side.

The show — according to Wikipedia and other websites — had its share of problems:

The difficulty of keeping up with the demanding schedule of a daily half-hour show manifested itself on screen. In addition to sets wobbling unintentionally, actors — especially Frid and Bennett — often struggled with their lines. Occasionally a stagehand could be spotted wandering onto the back of the set. Other times the microphone boom appeared in the frame (giving the show the unintentional nickname “Mic Shadows”), a TV camera would appear on screen, a fly hovered around the head of an actor, or window curtains fell down. There were many major errors such as a woman supposedly tied up who was not tied properly, and glass objects crashing which often made viewers think that the show was live.

And there were remakes before the Burton flick:

  • In 1991, BEN CROSS played Barnabas in  “a short-lived primetime remake” that was produced  by MGM Television and aired on NBC from Jan. 13 to March 22. “The revival was a lavish, big budget weekly serial combining gothic romance and stylistic horror. Although it was a huge hit at introduction (watched by almost 1 in 4 households according to official ratings during that time period), the onset of the Gulf War caused NBC to continually preempt or reschedule the episodes resulting in declining ratings. It was canceled after the first season.” (From Wikipedia)

Frid’s apparently had an interesting website at www.jonathanfrid.com — but it says the “site is temporarily unavailable.”

Stories about Frid’s death

And here’s a look at one of the Tim Burton movie trailers in his DARK SHADOWS movie:

Last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series will be called …. April 15, 2012

Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, News.
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DEAD EVER AFTER.

That’s what Charlaine Harris said at the ROMANTIC TIMES CONVENTION held recently in Chicago.

With just a few weeks left until we get Sookie book No. 12 — DEADLOCKED — it’s kind of weird to already know the name of the 13th and final book in the series. But there’s no stopping Charlaine Harris.  We all want to know if Sookie will get her HEA (Happily Ever After) ending in the final book and now we’ve got this nifty little title to riddle our brains with until it comes out next year.

To read more about what Charlaine and other authors said at the RT convention CLICK HERE.

(And what do you think of the title of book No. 13?!)

‘Iced’ cover revealed & KMM plans ‘Iced’ bash in New Orleans! April 9, 2012

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Check out the cover for Karen Marie Moning’s next book — ICED — due out Oct. 30! This is the first story in a trilogy that features Dani, Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan and the mysterious “Dancer.” KMM says the book is set in Fever-Dublin and:

Many of the questions I left unanswered in the FEVER series are addressed in this new series.

KMM has also said she plans to write two more books after the trilogy. She’ll return to the core story begun in the FEVER series, and will resume writing about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Cruce, the Unseelie king, the concubine, the Song of Making.

AND NOW FOR AN ICED PARTY!

It won’t cost you anything but your travel and accommodations, and there is no limit on the number of attendees.  Pack in cars, split your hotel costs, travel cheap and come party with me on Halloween.
When? The ICED signing is on Monday, Oct. 29, but we’ll be in town partying from the 26 – 30.

Where? Where else on Halloween?  NEW ORLEANS!  There are so many Halloween parties in the French Quarter that I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be.

Host Hotel where we’ll all be hanging out? Again, where else? The spectacular Le Pavillon.

They did such a wonderful job with the SHADOWFEVER launch that I’m in no mood to mess with success. We’ve negotiated special room rates for you again but the block is limited.

You must book your rooms at Le Pavillon through the KMM ICED event or you won’t get the special rate. When you call, you have to clearly state you’re coming for the event. When the block runs out, the prices will go up, so if you plan to stay in the hotel where all the events will be happening, book it now.  This is especially true since it’s on Halloween weekend, and hotels fill up in NOLA for the parties.

***Update*** The initial number of rooms blocked for Friday and Saturday night have been booked but you can still book rooms on those nights for a significantly lower price then the general public.

Here is the number to reserve by phone. You must use the code KMM ICED to get the discounted rates: 1 (800) 535-9095

Charlaine Harris gives thumbs up to 3rd book in Nathaniel Cade series April 1, 2012

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This is way cool because I think Chris Farnsworth’s Nathaniel Cade series is fun and exciting — but I’m not Charlaine Harris, queen of all things vampire. She recently gave a smashing endorsement to the third installment in the series, RED, WHITE AND BLOOD, due out April 26. Here’s what she said about the book on her blog:

Christopher Farnsworth’s premise – that the presidents of the U.S. have, starting with Andrew Johnson, had a vampire at their beck and call – is simply fun. And in Farnsworth’s strongest book yet in the Nathaniel Cade series, Cade encounters an old enemy he’s killed over and over in various guises . . . none other than the Boogeyman. The ingenious part of the book (using various notorious serial killers and their quotes to confirm the existence of such a creature) is – well, I’m envious. Cade continues to be one of modern literature’s most frightening vampires, and this is an excellent read.

And let’s not forget that Sookie book No. 12 — DEADLOCKED —  is coming out May 1!

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