Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dark Passages and More by Kathryn Leigh Scott

Kathryn Leigh Scott (Josette du Pres, Maggie Evans) has penned a new novel that draws upon her experiences as a young actress on Dark Shadows.

Dark Passages, is a coming-of-age story encapsulating the romance and innocence of JFK’s Camelot era and the tumultuous "dark passages" of Meg Harrison, a vampire raised by her mother to resist the temptation of human blood. Meg arrives in New York determined not to use her vampiric gifts to fulfill her dream of becoming an actress. She joins the cast of the cult hit Dark Passages, only to face her nemesis, a beautiful 300-year-old witch bent on destroying her. Their rivalry leads to a final confrontation as the telekinetic vampire and spell-weaving sorceress engage in a spectacular battle for supremacy. It takes all of Meg’s wit and tenacity to defeat the witch and win the affections of a handsome young mortal with a secret life of his own. In the end, Meg realizes that the powers she always denied within herself are not a curse, but a blessing.

If you pre-order the book by July 18 from Scott's web site, you will receive a personalized, autographed, and laminated bookmark.

Dark Passages is also available for pre-order from Amazon.

In 1998, Scott released The Bunny Years, a memoir based on her own experiences as well as interviews with over 250 women who worked at the Playboy Clubs, including Deborah Harry and Lauren Hutton. This fall, NBC debuts The Playboy Club, a new series set in one of the clubs. Rights to Scott's book were acquired for possible use in upcoming episodes, and Gallery Books has announced the reissue of the book. The Bunny Years: The Surprising Inside Story of the Playboy Clubs: The Women Who Worked as Bunnies, and Where They Are Now will be available in September and is available for pre-order from Amazon.

Friday, May 20, 2011

David Selby to Appear at Ford's Theatre Society Gala

David Selby: The Heavens Are Hung In Black

David Selby (Quentin Collins), who starred as Abraham Lincoln in The Heavens Are Hung in Black at Ford's Theatre in 2009, will return to Ford's Theatre to participate in the Ford's Theatre Society's Annual Gala on Sunday, June 5. Click here to read the complete press release.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

David Selby Records Dracula

Update: Ben Cross has bowed out of Dracula due to other obligations. Simon Templeman replaces him. For discounted tickets, click here.

David Selby (Quentin Collins) and Ben Cross (Barnabas Collins from the 1991 Dark Shadows) will portray Van Helsing and Dracula for L.A. Theatre Works' live radio theatre performances of Bram Stoker's Dracula. L.A. Theatre Works records radio theatre performances before a live audience for eventual broadcast on public radio and release on compact disc.

Five performances will take place between Wednesday, May 18, and Sunday, May 22, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Latest David Selby Novel Available for Kindle

The Blue Door, the latest novel by David Selby (Quentin Collins) is now available for the Amazon Kindle.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Dark Shadows Book

Wayne State University Press has just released Dark Shadows, a new book in its TV Milestones series. The book is written by Harry M. Benshoff, an Associate Professor in the Department of Radio Television and Film (RTVF) at the University of North Texas who has previously written some shorter academic pieces about Dark Shadows.

Here is a description of the book from the publisher:

While supernatural events have become fairly commonplace on daytime television in recent decades, Dark Shadows, which aired on ABC between 1966 and 1971, pioneered this format when it blended the vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and witches of fictional Collinsport, Maine, with standard soap opera fare like alcoholism, jealousy, and tangled love. In this volume, author Harry M. Benshoff examines Dark Shadows, both during its initial run and as an enduring cult phenomenon, to prove that the show was an important precursor—or even progenitor—of today’s phenomenally popular gothic and fantasy media franchises like Twilight, Harry Potter, and True Blood.

Benshoff demonstrates that viewers of all ages responded to the haunted world of Dark Shadows, making unlikely stars out of the show’s iconic characters—reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins, playboy werewolf Quentin Collins, vengeful witch Angelique DuVal, and vampire hunter Dr. Julia Hoffman. Benshoff explores the cultural and industrial contexts of the mid-1960s that gave rise to Dark Shadows and how the show adapted nineteenth-century gothic novels and twentieth-century horror films into a televised serial format. Benshoff also examines the unique aspects of the show’s casting and performance modes, its allure as a camp cult text, and the function of the show’s many secondary and tertiary texts—including novels, records, games, comic books, and the two feature films, House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971).

In the years since its cancellation, Dark Shadows’ enduring popularity has led to a prime-time NBC remake in the early 1990s, recent talk of a Tim Burton and Johnny Depp feature film, and a popular ongoing fan convention. Benshoff’s timely study of Dark Shadows will appeal to fans of the show and all film and television history scholars who are interested in the roots of one of today’s most popular genres.

The book is available from Amazon.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dark Shadows Actors at the Hollywood Show

The Hollywood Show, to be held Feb. 12-13, at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, lists several Dark Shadows actors as attending a cast reunion: Jerry Lacy (Rev. Trask), Lara Parker (Angelique), Christopher Pennock (Jeb Hawkes), and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans). The site also lists David Selby (Quentin Collins); however, according to his official web site, Selby does not plan to attend this event.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

My Shadowed Past by David Selby

YouTube video about David Selby's (Quentin Collins) new book about Dark Shadows, My Shadowed Past:

Friday, July 23, 2010

New David Selby Books

David Selby (Quentin Collins) has two new books available for purchase on his official web site, The Blue Door is a novel dealing with one woman's struggle to save her mountain in the southern Appalachians. My Shadowed Past is David Selby's account of his time on Dark Shadows.

For additional information or to purchase the books, visit the Books page of

Monday, May 31, 2010

New DVD Release for David Selby's The Girl in Blue

The Girl in Blue is a 1973 film directed by George Kaczender starring David Selby (Quentin Collins), Maud Adams, and Gay Rowan. Selby is the film's lead character, Scott. Here's the synopsis:
Scott has it all. He's a well-paid corporate attorney and lives in a nice apartment with a girlfriend who would do anything for him. But Scott is troubled. He has a vision of a beautiful blonde woman whom he saw four years earlier, but never knew. One morning, without telling anyone, Scott climbs in his car and sets out to look for "The Girl in Blue." His search is romantic, exciting, funny and passionate.
This new DVD release features a brand new 16 x 9 master, an introduction by David Selby, audio commentary by Selby and director George Kaczender, and an interview with co-star Gay Rowan. It will be released on July 27, 2010. Click here to pre-order a copy from

Thursday, April 22, 2010

YouTube Video for My Mother's Autumn by David Selby

If you have never been to a Dark Shadows Festival or a personal appearance to hear David Selby (Quentin Collins) read from his books, check out YouTube for a slideshow promoting My Mother's Autumn. It includes David Selby reading one of his poems from the companion compact disc.