Four months in production for audio in 2014. Originally published in text on 20 October 2013, then withheld from the public due to lack of support and discussion, we have now gained enough support on All Souls' Day 2015 (more than two years later) to bring you this episode.
As Barnabas awakens to some whistling he discovers why Sam Evans seemed so familiar to him as shown in Episode 4. Wary of this understanding Barnabas is given jovial appeal as Sam Evans reveals himself to be the reincarnation of Andre Dupres.
Willie and Wadsworth enjoy their re-acquaintance in Dr. Hoffman’s office, and Nurse Jackson reveals her wit while requesting them to pipe-down.
Barnabas and Maggie explore their relationship further, but the ghost of Sarah Collins needs to point out someone important they may have forgotten about. Before they can reach Wyndcliff, Dr. Hoffman and Professor Stokes are already heading in that direction, with certain revelations between each other as their relationship blooms.
All fun in Hades breaks loose when the entourage reach Dr. Hoffman’s office and it is decided what will become of Mr. Loomis. Still, Willie has a special bone to pick with Barnabas. (This is the pivotal scene I’ve held dear to my soul and needed enough support to share again.)
Elizabeth & Roger have a pleasant chat while opening their mail together. If listeners can’t express themselves concerning what Elizabeth has to tell Roger about Burke Devlin I shall forever wonder what program they were watching… As we listen further the ghosts are accepted, Lily’s oddity in form is understood and great wonders of trust unfold.
As Willie sits before the fire in contemplation, our butler Wadsworth explains to him all that might be beyond his grasp. Willie scoffs… that is… until a familiar little girl brings him to understand what many listeners to this series likely never will.
20 Minutes flat of updates in how the distractions and social networks have been eating us up for generalities when what actually gels people together are smaller crowds and specific interests.
Steps to take for anyone who wishes to be part of the discussion crew for the radio drama episodes. Love to Poly Styrene, Barnabas Collins and groups who don't tolerate cruelty. As well as some fun music, of course.
Paper letters from people who enjoy the radio drama as well as The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Learning about what responses happen offline instead of online.
What is given via pen pals and why it's better than the "high-speed" internet world which has become much slower than the postal system.
Discussions of love and hate for Barnabas Collins and who the guy actually resembles. Interesting background on the creator to "The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows" and why she doesn't believe cliche' advice. Plugs for other writers and how working together could create a better society simply in the practice of focusing on what we enjoy, rather than what we despise.
Fun music from The Ramones, K-Tel's album "Vampire Songs", Doctor Who (and where we're shooting for his entrance) as well as Love Spit Love's cover from "The Craft" of The Smiths song, for which this podcast is named.
Further help can be learned of and expressed here:
A cover of the "South Pacific" tune leads us into what is needed for this spooky multi-fandom, Dark Shadows, Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Addams Family, Clue, Lily Munster, Kids In The Hall...
Addressing personal concerns as to the health of it's creator. Noticing estrangements in how we've been programmed by "The Internet".
For anything unmentioned in this podcast I would say for listeners/readers delving into This Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows and not knowing what to say:
Address your characters in episode commentary, your fandoms, those scenes. I always hoped for that in sharing it this far and wide.
We are not Dark Shadows junkies. We want everyone else. Golden Girls fans, Addams Family fans, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir fans, Lily Munster fans, Goth kids, Elvira people, everyone else, come over! Come and be part of this wild thing!
Pat Benatar greets us in this understanding of being young, vital, and disenfranchised from the DS universe as far as romantic pairings go. (What a can of worms!)
We also delve into what the heck happens when this actor/writer/comedienne gets her darn commentary. We shall listen in this intro.
Another workshop with "Daryl's Husband" in which we come to understand the occupational choices this married couple has made and benefited from.
Then we have the explanation of what comes up in Episode 14, should the audience choose to express what they enjoy about the previous thirteen episodes. And I believe I edited out that weirdness at the end from New Years Eve. It's just the song now.
Peace and long life,
Live long and prosper...
For Episode 13 we have Dr. Julia Hoffman and Barnabas Collins in a stare down of obstacles. Why DOES he love Josette and why is Maggie the key to that love? (Warning #1: Dr. Hoffman breathes a PG swearword, and since no one else would talk to me, Helena was in charge of allowing this swearword to happen. Thanks, sweetie.)
Next we have Wadsworth returning in this installment because after his evening with Professor Stokes, the latter has an ample idea of why Wadsworth and Willie Loomis should meet. (Warning #2: If you listen to this you may never watch the motion picture “Clue” the same way again.)
Sam Evans as Andre Dupres and Maggie Evans as Josette Dupres must hash out the problems they have been facing while the coffee is on the perk, and of course, they will do it in the winning way their relationship as father and daughter has always be held.
Lily is correct in her determination that her cousin Elizabeth must meet with this helpful, if blustery ghost, Caleb Collins, and he has more to say to the both of them then they might have expected. However, Elizabeth grits her stalwart teeth and carries forward. With all of the haunting in her household, *nothing* will stand in her way of understanding the truth about Victoria Winters.
Meanwhile, Victoria Winters is designing handiwork with Morticia Addams after Uncle Fester and she have a few words. Morticia has knowledgeable and understanding things to say of Collinsport and its residents, as well as coming to the realization of *who* and *what* Victoria Winters truly is.
As Dr. Julia Hoffman reaches Barnabas again, via the help of Professor Stokes, she comes to understand what her best-friend is agonizing over and now that it has sent him to draw himself over the edge? She will confront that factor with everything she knows at all costs. (Warning #3: Please do NOT listen to this episode while driving. Dr. Julia Hoffman has taken Professor Stokes automobile and is using it like a mad thing.)
[This episode dedicated to Kathryn Leigh Scott.]
Understanding of how everything in this series, including the wrap-up novel, came to be and why no one spoke up before.
Discussions about issues in pairings in the Dark Shadows world and about bullying over them, as well as the depth of Barnabas Collins tenderness that few writers come into contact with. Comparisons to other fandoms.
Workshop about constructive-praise, guilt and communication with "Daryl's Husband".
Scenes coming up for Episode 13.
Explanation about manipulation over someone else's talents and freedom of choice.
Over a month in production, Episode 12 has Sam Evans help guide Dr. Hoffman into hypnotizing his daughter Maggie to find out what her flashes of past memory mean. The journey is one of torment and confusion and likely the darkest episode of this series thus far.
Strangely, as Maggie’s awakenings occur, so Angelique is also awakened to a disturbing though ironically fitting form by Nicholas Blair. NOT a happy vamp, this one.
Captain Gregg is pulled from the marooned state he was put in by Endora, only to find his dear friend Andre, also known as Sam, in a maddened state and must soothe him with some stern examples of Sam’s own previous decisions.
Meanwhile Elizabeth Stoddard and her cousin Lily meet with Tom Jennings to learn of what took place at the Seaview Property, as discovered in Part 2 of Episode 11.
Barnabas is pleased to spend time with his sister, Sarah, who implores him to have a healing heart-to-heart with their cousin Carolyn Stoddard on the cliffs.
Sadly, the pleasant times for Barnabas diminish when Sarah opens the door to Dr. Hoffman who must reveal what happened during Maggie’s hypnosis.
In Search Of... Josette Dupres. Another interview with "Daryl's Husband". We discuss the sign about Bloody Mary, both the game and the beverage.
This also provided information of tools to help bring both hemispheres of the brain to work in tandem.
Also information about the upcoming episode "Dark Therapy", Captain Gregg getting very angry and how dark Episode 12 gets.
Ugh, sorry about this. I wish life had been more balanced so I could have explained that left-right brained aspect in less out-dated and terrible stereotypes. I mainly meant to encourage more work between the two hemispheres. My husband and I were pretty strapped for time trying to get this done over the weekend.
Outtakes and explanations about fending off harsh reviewers, help to and from other creators. Foibles over Bewitched research.
How-To's of what to comment and the good it can do.
Future chapters for novel "Margaret Josette Dupres"
How I'm using my facebook account and help getting episodes to college radio stations.