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The Peril of Barnabas Collins (Dark Shadows #12)

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After falling in love with beautiful heiress Diana Hastings, Barnabas Collins makes a desperate attempt to find a cure for his vampire curse. He summons to Collinwood Dr. Rudolf Padrel, a strange scientist who claims he can develop a serum that will make Barnabas a normal man again.

But as time passes, Barnabas wonders if the mysterious scientist isn't merely using him for
Paperback, 158 pages
Published November 1969 by Paperback Library
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Nov 06, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: dark-shadows, 2013
I think if you've read one of these books, you've read them all. Same old, same old. Interesting enough story but nothing earth shattering. I will mention, however, that Marilyn Ross certainly knows how to create that gothic atmosphere. The descriptions are perfect.

While these are interesting enough, I've decided that I really want to read more stories about the original DS citizens - some stories between the TV stories - not adventures about these newly introduced characters (and Barnabas). And
Sarah Crawford
Jan 17, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
Maggie and Caroline are doing some cleaning and find an old diary. The story in the diary is from about 80 years earlier and concerns Barnabas finding a young woman named Diana and how a love relationship developed between the two of them

That part takes up the first part of the book, maybe 1/3 of it. Then the rest of the book deals with a nutso count and a nutso 'doctor' who chase after Diana and claim to have a cure for Barnabas, in that order.

In effect, it's almost like this was supposed to b
Jan 22, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
This Dark Shadows book is #12 in a series of 32. By this time, author Dan ("Marilyn") Ross has established his own tried-and-true formula. All of the stories follow pretty much the same pattern:

(1) The heroine arrives at, or already resides at, Collinwood.
(2) The heroine meets Barnabas, either prior to or just after her arrival at the great house. Not realizing that he's a vampire, she falls in love with him.
(3) The heroine finds her life endangered by some natural or supernatural threat.
(4) Ba
Stephen Osborne
Dec 14, 2011 Stephen Osborne rated it liked it
Oh dear oh dear. I know these were written quickly, but didn't Dan Ross (he wrote these under his wife's name) have an editor, or at least a thesaurus? Example: page 52--"She allowed the powerful Barnabas to lead her out of the room." And just one page later: "Barnabas grabbed him with his powerful hands" and "the Count was no match for the powerful Barnabas." Hmm. I'm thinking Ross is trying to convey that Barnabas (and his hands) are powerful. I could be wrong.
And you do start to wish that the
Vincent Darlage
Oct 26, 2015 Vincent Darlage rated it it was ok
Shelves: dark-shadows
It got better by the end, but still not exactly what you would call great literature. Spent more time telling than showing. The formula in this series is wearing thin... which is a shame, as the show itself was fantastic. But the books insist on not using characters from the show except in the framing elements... and Barnabas, of course.
May 29, 2013 Andy rated it liked it
I think he may have already told that story. A slightly repetitive theme that seems to overlook the fact that Barnabas was actually locked in his coffin for 175 years
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Good book.
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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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