Jan 24

I've located the vampire! He's in... hold on while I bring up google maps...Click for full image

Micheal Comments: Is it me or does Barnabas look like he’s texting?
Published 1969

Edit – Violates our iron clad written in blood rules, this is a franchise!

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 5.06 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “The Demon of Barnabas Collins”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I cry FOUL! Dark Shadows is most certainly a TV serial franchise, and thus this cover violates the rules of the site. Lookit, it’s even got ‘BBC TV’s Dark Shadows’ in the lower right corner.

  2. Jaouad Says:

    Couldn’t be bothered to make up actual characters, could you?
    “Fearless leading man clashes with evil supporting character to save the life of beautiful movie star.”

  3. Seamyst Says:

    Yeah, I totally thought he was on his cell before I even read the caption.

  4. Phil Says:

    What a dull cover! Rather than texting, I think he’s looking at that hammer and saying, “Is this thing on?” To think that THIS is the most interesting photo they could find…

    Marilyn Ross, it turns out, is a pseudonym of Dan Ross. Actually, Marilyn was Dan’s wife, but he wrote the books using her name. I know, it’s confusing, but this interview helps clarify matters:

    I also discovered that this is book 8 out of a series of 32. That’s even more depressing than the cover!

  5. L.B. Says:

    No, I said ‘vampire’, not ‘vamp’! Damn auto-correct!

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I cry FOUL! This is part of a franchise! Does it not say quite clearly, in the lower right hand corner, ‘BBC TV’s Dark Shadows’? This violates the GSS protocol. And harrumph.

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    And that beautiful movie star was… Johnny Depp!

  8. GSS Admin Says:

    @Dead stuff – Yeah you might be right.., though can I really resist a man in tweed?

    I blame a mixture of looking through old submissions at 3am just after having many an ale!


  9. FearofMusic Says:

    Aaaarrrggh! Bad blurb! Bad blurb! Now there is no need to even open the book! Everyone knows Barnabas Collins, being a fine upstanding member of Vampires for Jesus and the American Way, can never fail when pitted against an ‘evil’ vampire. I mean,look how bored he looks. Evil obviously isn’t much in the way of a challenge.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    @deadstuff: not quite – it’s ‘ABCTV’s Dark Shadows’ – late 60s BBC would never have done anything as pedestrian as a time-travel soap about a vampire. Individual episodes of ‘The Newcomers’ are far odder than individual episodes of ‘Dark Shadows’ (although the premise for the latter sounds better).

    And I think his lines are written on the mallet.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS: /away, changing into flannel. 😉

    BTW, apologies about the double post. The Internets ate my first one.

  12. Jaouad Says:

    If your only tools are a hammer and a stake, every problem looks like a vampire.

  13. fred Says:

    What’s the deal with his index fingers while holding objects?

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    So is Barnabas Collins a demon who hunts vampires?

  15. GSS noob Says:

    I looooved this show as a kid. Ran home from school to catch it. So did my BFF/former roomie, as we found out when we met. Pretty sure she has this book, I’m sure I saw it when we were sharing living space.

    Also fairly certain that the 60 cents the book cost is the approximate budget of every episode. It may have been an ABC show, but they subscribed to the BBC budget. The walls are obviously canvas flats that wiggle every time someone closes a door, the boom mike and crew sometimes appear in frame, and it was originally in black and white even though every other soap opera and all the nightly shows at the time were in color.

    Barnabas is a good vampire, hoping for a cure, looking after his descendants. And then it gets weird, with the time-traveling, parallel story lines, etc.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Question: Is the old “As Seen On TV” sales pitch as effective as it used to be?

    (“As Seen On Youtube” surely isn’t as good…)

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