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Barnabas Collins Versus the Warlock (Dark Shadows #11)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  5 reviews
David Collins and Amy Jennings, two charming, innocent children are suddenly turned into demons. At first their pranks only annoy Maggie Evans, their governess. But soon she realizes they have become malicious, bent on destroying all at Collinwood.

Convinced the children are possessed by a mysterious, supernatural power, and frightened for her life, Maggie turns for help to
Paperback, 156 pages
Published October 1969 by Paperback Library
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Not one of the better entries in the Dark Shadows canon, but interesting and entertaining enough. The author really creates that foreboding gothic atmosphere and feeling into the books quite well and for that alone they are worth reading.

The book summary was somewhat misleading - though David and Amy were 'possessed' by a phantom, this wasn't the sole subject, but more as an afterthought while the story really focused on a phantom pirate and his buried gold in the swamp on the property and the p
The possessed child motif has been used in many horror classics, notably Henry James's "Turn of the Screw." TV's Dark Shadows shamelessly plagiarized James in 1969, allowing little David Collins and his playmate Amy to be taken over by sinister spirit Quentin Collins. And here, in Dan ("Marilyn") Ross's book, we have the same story retold only in a different way.

Here the possessing spirit is one Asaph Clay, a long-dead warlock. He has a grudge against the Collins family and expresses his rage t
Stephen Osborne
What do you do when you have a lot of story but write to a formula, all your books having twelve chapters of nearly exact length? Well, apparently you start with your story "already in progress!" The story starts with the children, David and Amy, already acting like they've been possessed by some spirit. Soon after Cousin Nina and her elderly husband arrive and the mysteries at Collinwood deepen. The story was fun and, for all his writing failings, Ross can set a mood well. However, what a rushe ...more
Vincent Darlage
This one was difficult to enjoy. It had a Scooby-Doo ending, and the ending didn't answer all the mysteries (including the primary one of who was influencing the kids). Elizabeth and Maggie were insipidly stupid and refusing to believe any evidence put in front of them.
Dale Rosso
Nov 05, 2013 Dale Rosso added it
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William Edward Daniel Ross, W. E. Daniel "Dan" Ross (born 1912) is a bestselling Canadian novelist from Saint John, New Brunswick who wrote over 300 books in a variety of genres and under a variety of mostly female pseudonyms such as Laura Frances Brooks, Lydia Colby, Rose Dana, Jan Daniels, Ross Olin, Diane Randall, Clarissa Ross, Leslie Ames, Ruth Dorset, Ann Gilmer, Jane Rossiter, Dan Ross, Dan ...more
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