Saturday, March 07, 2009
I remember there being some confusion about Ravenous Romance's celebrity line: "This category addresses every woman's fantasy of a night with a famous celebrity, rock star or athlete. The identities of the celebrities must be thinly veiled and fictionalized, but with recognizable tip-offs." I took a look at Ravenous's offerings with this in the back of my mind. Twilight's Edge is pretty much instantly recognisable, to me anyway. The first paragraph reads:
"On September 13, 1977, the sun set for good on "Twilight’s Edge," Daytime TV’s first gothic soap opera populated by creatures of the night. The serial, which centered on the strange goings-on of the cursed Hindenwood Family at their remote country estate, was plagued with anemic ratings from the start. But "TE" got an instant audience transfusion in ’72 with the addition of Byron Hindenwood, a charismatic vampire portrayed by the late, great heartthrob Rex Flanigan."
So the show Dark Shadows was the first day time gothic TV show that actually ran until 1971, the family was Collins (at Collinswood) but the series become noticeably innovative with the introduction of the vampire Barnabas (played by Jonathin Frid) one year into its run. Also as in the books fictional series, Dark Shadows has cult status is in the process of being revived with long time DS fan Johhny Depp as Barnabus. It is also a series with derivative novels (authorized?) such as Dark Shadows: Angelique's Descent (1998) and Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch (2006)