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Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  153 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood presents a look back at four decades
of the successful spooky soap opera that made sympathetic vampire Barnabas Collins a pop culture phenomenon and prompted the big-budget, big-screen Warner Bros. revival starring longtime fan Johnny Depp, directed by Tim Burton, that premieres May 11, 2012. The large format book includes color photograph
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Pomegranate Press
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Kathryn Leigh Scott
May 23, 2012 Kathryn Leigh Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My book! So I'm biased...
Mar 28, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-shadows, 2012
An absolute necessity for the Dark Shadows geek fan like myself. While I've read about the series in other books penned by Ms. Scott, I was pleasantly surprised to read the 'behind the scenes'-type stories for the many off-springs of the original series. Plus, there is a section on the new upcoming Tim Burton movie.

So, many things I already knew, but a whole lot I didn't plus awesome pictures throughout. Time very well spent, as far as I'm concerned!
Jul 28, 2013 Lori rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A *3.5* a fun read. I remember watching Dark Shadows sometimes when it was on during the late 1960s and early 1970s. I did not watch every episode. I was a kid at the time. Kathryn Leigh Scott wrote of her memories acting in Dark Shadows.She also gave memories of the Dark Shadow movies they filmed during that time. She had some very helpful memories of her time on the show. I can see she has fond memories. I really liked the pictures she included. a very generous amount of pictures of her and t ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Vincent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Everyone has their guilty pleasures - those things that are fun, yet some might look askew upon. At the same time in certain circles guilty pleasures become mainstream. To me, the TV show Dark Shadows is one of those things I can not resist. I watched the original show, the re-make the reruns on various TV channels and now slowly, but surely buying and watching all the episodes on DVD.

I first found Pomegranate Press about ten years ago in a London bookstore - The Dark Shadows Almanac, signed by
May 01, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
Since Dark Shadows alumnus Kathryn Leigh Scott formed Pomegranate Press in 1986, it has been known for producing superior quality volumes devoted to Dark Shadows, including My Scrapbook Memories of Dark Shadows, The Dark Shadows Almanac, The Dark Shadows Movie Book, Dark Shadows Resurrected, and more. Their latest release, Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood, by Kathryn Leigh Scott and Jim Pierson, rates among the best of these, featuring a wealth of historical background, personal narratives, an ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: entertainment
Kathryn Leigh Scott, who played the pivotal roles of Maggie Evans and Josette (among others) on the cult favorite Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows in the 60s and 70s has become the foremost historian of this series. I have read and enjoyed several of her earlier books, so I was excited to find that she had a new one out, that includes an account of the cameo she did for the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie based on the series. This was a treasure trove of features! Katherine writes about her work ...more
Ron Pratt
Oct 04, 2012 Ron Pratt rated it it was amazing
First off – I loved this book!

I have fond memories of rushing home from school in the afternoon to watch Dark Shadows on television. I remember telling the other guys I knew that we HAD to watch this show. It may have been (part) soap opera, but I had many of the neighborhood boys gathered in my home each weekday watching it faithfully before going outside to play ball, cops and robbers, or whatever.

I’d been away from Dark Shadows for many years, but after seeing the recent Tim Burton / Johnny D
Aug 31, 2012 Terry rated it really liked it
Kathryn Leigh Scott does such a great job with the “Dark Shadows” books (I think it’s because she’s from Minnesota!) I thoroughly enjoyed this one, in addition to both the “Dark Shadows Almanac” and the “Dark Shadows Companion,” all by Pomegranate Press. “Return to Collinwood” has some great essays by former cast members as they interact with the 2012 movie cast. I think my favorite was Leigh’s “The Mansion on the Hill” where she describes her visits to the Seaview Terrace Mansion in Newport, RI ...more
Lisa Mcbroom
Apr 09, 2015 Lisa Mcbroom rated it really liked it
When I was in school I would rush home to catch this Gothic Soap Opera. I thought it was so unusual and featured my kid crush Barnabas Collins ( yes I was a weird little kid) and my teen crush Quentin Collins. Scott ( who otrayed Maggie Evans) writes about memories and actors. A must for fans!
Zeta T.
May 26, 2012 Zeta T. rated it it was amazing
So much fun, easy to read, comprehensive guide through all Dark Shadows productions from the 1960's soap to the audio dramas, the two films in the 1970's and the new film of 2012. Great photos, and terrific anecdotes. Looking forward to more by this author. (Inner flaps made it easy to bookmark.) It's written as a collection of many smaller articles discussing key points and experiences. One photo that really stands out in my mind as I write this, is many cast members standing on the stairs for ...more
I grew up watching re-runs of this with my mother so it was fun reading the remembrances from some of the cast members, mainly Kathryn Leigh Scott. If you are a fan of the original Dark Shadows, I would definitely recommend reading this.
Dr. Andrew Higgins
Mar 18, 2012 Dr. Andrew Higgins rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book to any lover of Dark Shadows. There are so,e great insights into the coming movies and the recollections of Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans/Josette du Pres) and Lara Parker (Angelique) are brilliant and add some interesting info to how this 1,225 episode fantasy/sci-fi/gothic soap opera was flamed as well as the two movies (and I eagerly awaiting the reedited cut of Night of Dark Shadows with the cut scenes put back). good chapters on the revival series as well and ...more
Nancy Brady
Aug 08, 2012 Nancy Brady rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, library-book
Told from the perspective of the woman who played Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott) and other original cast members, this is some of the back scene stories of the fun, foibles, and friendships that have outlasted the Gothic horror soap opera, Dark Shadows. Like its namesake, Dark Shadows lives on in its fans, and through the many resurrections of movies including the latest by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp as everyone's famous vampire, Barnabas Collins. Many of the original cast members (the ...more
Jun 29, 2014 TrumanCoyote rated it liked it
The best part of this book were the reminiscences by Ms Kringstad...along with the article about the two early movies. Oh yes, and all the pictures were a lot of fun. I mainly just skipped the stuff about the 1991 show and the Tim Burton movie (I wasn't able to last more than 10-15 minutes trying to watch either of those ventures).
Kristina Smith
Jun 09, 2014 Kristina Smith rated it it was amazing
Bought and read this book when it first came out, love this one. Has a lot of great information and photos about the original Dark Shadows.
May 10, 2015 Christine rated it liked it
Not great writing but plenty of nice mostly full color photographs. A must read for fans.
Shawn Manning
Jun 09, 2014 Shawn Manning rated it really liked it
This one was a lot of fun, but for the die hards only.
David Palazzolo
Jun 15, 2012 David Palazzolo rated it it was amazing
Deceptively slim with lots of photos, Return to Collinwood is crammed full of interesting stories and an overview of every incarnation of Dark Shadows. It's easy to view what we see on the screen as a fait accompli and part of an overall plan, but this book easily dispels that illusion. Even if you have no interest in the fantasy/horror genres you will find the extensive descriptions of the "behind the scenes" detailing many of the challenges faced in bringing Dark Shadows to life to be genuinel ...more
May 26, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
Return to Collinwood took a very nervous original Dark Shadows fan and lead her gently through the original series, both reboots, both movies and then the NEW movie. It is filled with behind-the-scenes stories, never-before-published photos, and very entertaining information. I was more than ready to go see the new movie after reading this book. Kathryn helps bridge the gap between fans of the original and the new...wonderful!!!
May 26, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
The best book I've read so far on Dark Shadows. It's very well written and engaging, with accompanying photographs that bring a satisfying dimension to the stories. This book covers all incarnations of Dark Shadows, with an emphasis on the original series (in which the authors were involved). If you haven't seen the original Dark Shadows (poor you), and wish an introduction, this will definitely inform and intrigue you.
Barbara Bryant
Feb 18, 2015 Barbara Bryant rated it really liked it
My sweetheart gave me a Dark Shadows and Addams Family Christmas, with DVDs, books, bobble heads, jewelry, and more! This book was just one of the many things I received from him, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. AND it just occurred to me that this can count as my 2015 reading challenge as "A memoir."
May 25, 2012 Calliesue rated it it was amazing
This is a must have book for any Dark Shadows fan! Kathyrn Leigh Scott covers 50 years of Dark Shadows and talks about the new movie in which she along with her fellow cast members Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker and David Selby had cameo appearances! She has also included lots of pictures and details of her years with the show as well as the two other Dark Shadows movies! This is truly an a fantastic book!
Richard Tolleson
Jul 17, 2013 Richard Tolleson rated it really liked it
The author played Maggie Evans and Josette Dupres on the original Dark Shadows. This book is a collection of articles written by her and other DS alumni about their experiences both on the series and original films, and the Tim Burton remake. Fans will enjoy; others, probably not. The big surprise to me: Ms. Scott didn't care for actor Roger Davis back in the day, and she apparently wasn't alone.
May 25, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing
Best of all Ms. Scott's Dark Shadows books, since it covers all the various incarnations of Dark Shadows, though it was a little lacking on Night of Dark Shadows, and had the account of the last hurrah of their cameos for the 2012 movie. The one drawback is that it is not hardcover...such a beautiful book was worthy of that treatment.
Sherry Claywell
Jun 09, 2013 Sherry Claywell rated it really liked it
Very interesting. Behind scenes for the tv show and movies. It even talks about the movie with Johnnie Depp. Lots of great info and pictures. Makes me want to track down the old theater movies and watch them. Good book.
Dramatica Darmody
Jul 18, 2015 Dramatica Darmody rated it liked it
A bit stiff at times , and poorly edited - but nevertheless an interesting look at the many forms Dark Shadows has taken over the years.
Mike Hollingshead
May 26, 2012 Mike Hollingshead rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Any fan of any of the Dark Shadows, whether the original, the 90's version or the movie should have this!
Jul 19, 2012 Caryn rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
I enjoyed reading the behind-the-scenes trivia about one of my favorite shows. The pictures are great!
Jun 01, 2012 Perry rated it it was amazing
Wow! I read the entire book in one day. Could not put it
down. Now how to get it autographed? Fascinating! !
Kristopher Michaels
Fun book for any Dark Shadows fan. Lots of pics and fun information.
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