Collins Foundation Update. Big News! #dsxp #kathrynleighscott #darkshadows

It has been a very busy month, but a lot of Foundation stuff has gone on in the background!

ITEM:AE_Kathryn_Leigh_Scott_2013-200x300 Today, Cousin Barnabas has released the interview we did with Kathryn Leigh Scott!  Yep, the great lady herself.  She has a new book coming out, DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HEELS  (, and I spoke with her a lot about that and writing.  There are a few DARK SHADOWS tidbits in there, but we mainly focused on writing.  Her DS memories are pretty exhaustively documented, so I was curious to get her take on the other aspects of her career.  (Although, of course, there are a few DS gems in the mix.)  Go to for an address to which you can send your Amazon proof-of-purchase and get an autographed bookmark back!

Here is the podcast!  Enjoy!

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ITEM: Speaking of podcasts, I was invited to do another, this time for the Collinsport Historical Society’s NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS retrospective with restoration superhero, Darren Gross.  It’s a favorite film of mine… a moody, cold, abstract slice of Parallel Time, but the conversation was lively and fascinating.  Another hit from Cousin Barnabas!

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But that’s not all!  Cousin B and I collaborated (and by ‘collaborated,’ I mean that I suggested it and he did all but the tiny anchor/cane crest in the very center) on what I’ve wanted for years: Joshua Collins College t-shirts and mugs.  Can window stickers be far behind?  Truly classy memorabilia for fans everywhere!


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In other news, the preparation for the DARK SHADOWS EXPERIMENT 2013 are coming along.  Within a few weeks, I should have a viewing calendar and more news about the project.  If I pull this off, we’ll have one of the most unique documents in all of DARK SHADOWS lore.  In some ways, it’s less flashy than what I did last summer, but in every way, it’s much tougher!

All of this, and the Rondo Awards!  TONS of DARK SHADOWS stuff has been nominated.  This includes the fantastic blog of the Collinsport Historical Society at!

I’m putting on my Company Man Hat and imploring you to vote.

I cannot officially ask anyone to vote for anything, but I will say that the more wins (or near-wins) that DS-oriented media get, the more of it we’ll probably see in the future.  The Burton movie was a disaster.  And one horror film journalist (no names, please) actually took pleasure in our unhappiness about it.  When I talk about it being lonely to be a DARK SHADOWS fan, this kind of reaction is what I mean.

These awards are one more place for us to share the vision and shatter attempts at genre marginalization.  

We are living in a world where DR. WHO is the last word in “fan cool.”  And I’m not saying that it doesn’t deserve it.

I’m just saying that DARK SHADOWS deserves to be right there with it.