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APRIL 17, 2017


The Official “Dark Shadows” News Online Updates by Email Posts

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Marcy Robin – ShadowGram

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Temple City, CA 91780-7766


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SHADOWGRAM Update Number 399

APRIL 17, 2017




Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,


ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), provides the following news in this ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows News Online Update "Bulletin."




LARA (Angelique, Cassandra, Alexis, Miranda, Catherine) will be part of the panel discussion “From Page to Screen to Page in Hollywood” at the 22nd Annual “Los Angeles Times Festival of Books” at the University of California (USC) campus in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, April 23 from 3:00-4:00.


Lara tells SHADOWGRAM: “I have never been asked to participate ((in a discussion panel)) before, so I am excited to be on a panel this year. I hope there will be some Dark Shadows fans there since I plan to talk about the fans and how important they are to an author who is writing books based on a TV show.”


The topic indicates the possible path of a story idea in script form that can progress to a broadcast / film / streamed form, then can follow up and/or expand within a published book.


Held in the Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, LARA will join Pamela Ribon, Brian McGreevy, Tod Goldberg and moderator Richard Rayner to explore the topic.


The Salvatori Computer Science Center is located at the southwest corner of the overall Festival area. The nearest entry is Gate 1 by the Gold South Campus Shuttle Stop.


As part of the overall Festival schedule, “Most authors will be signing books at designated signing areas.” After Lara’s discussion panel ends at 4:00, its Signing Area 2 is located northeast of the Salvatori Center, past one additional building, then turning left along Bloom Walk.


Lara will have “Heiress of Collinwood” available for purchase and for personalized signing. Attending fans also can bring their own copies of her novels for signing.


Lara says she looks forward to interacting with the other panelists and the audience. She enjoys meeting and discussing all aspects of books, the writing process, characterizations, themes, creative ideas, and more with the panelists and attendees. (As she did in open, fascinating interactions with fans in the audience during her onstage talk at the Dark Shadows Festival’s “DS 50th Anniversary Halloween in Hollywood” day-long event on Oct. 30, 2016.)


**** Festival of Books official site:


Admission to the Festival of Books is FREE FOR ALL AGES.

Hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday and 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday.


For “Indoor Conversations” such as Lara’s discussion panel, “free Conversation Tickets are required” and can be obtained in advance via the Festival of Books site (above) or at ticket booths located at various points around the Festival area.


The entire Festival area on the USC campus is located southwest of downtown LA near the 110 Freeway and Exposition Blvd., next to the LA Memorial Coliseum and between the Natural History Museum and the Staples Center.


Parking structures are located all around the Festival of Books area on the USC campus, and various parking lots are around the nearby Coliseum. These sites possibly require a fee for parking. A “Festival free shuttle bus system” connects to several entry gate points, starting at 9:00am and continuing to 1 hour after the Festival closes each day.


Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation via the Metrorail train lines and Metro bus lines. Public Festival shuttles will run “in a continuous loop” between USC and Union Station.


Again, for more information, visit the Festival of Books official site:


Following is Lara’s official Festival of Books bio.


---- SHADOWGRAM NOTE: The bio states she’s written 3 DS novels. This “Heiress of Collinwood” actually is her 4th DS novel.


The first 2 were a continuing story that – like DS itself – covered 1960s Collinwood and past centuries. “Angelique’s Descent” explores the character’s life from her childhood through her arrival at Collinwood and later placing the vampire curse on Barnabas. “The Salem Branch” continues that present-day tale but also focuses on Angelique’s earlier incarnation as Miranda during the Witch Trials in late 1600s Salem, Massachusetts. Her 3rd novel “Wolf Moon Rising” carries aspects of the previous present-day Collinwood story but features a time-travel journey to the 1920s Prohibition-Era and a young Elizabeth Collins in love.


Festival of Books bio: “Parker is the author of 3 novels all based on the cult TV soap opera ‘Dark Shadows.’ Before she became an author, she was an actress, and she appeared on ‘DS for 5 years playing the part of the witch, Angelique. Lara was born in Knoxville and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. She attended Vassar College and graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis with a BA in Philosophy. Lara received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She lives in Topanga Canyon with her husband. Her current book is ‘Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood.’

---- My Speakers Session - Sunday, April 23.”


LA Times 4-16: The Festival of Books is presented “FREE and open to the public” as a “celebration of ideas, creativity and the written word (and) as an open forum for the exchange of ideas and inspiration.”


Under the theme “Every Great Story,” the 2-day event (April 22-23) welcomes 1000s of attendees to “join the conversation with authors, celebrities, musicians, artists, and chefs” from all fields and walks of life. Across both days – Saturday and Sunday – there is a vast range of individual events, author-publisher and other vendor booths with items for purchase, public readings, Q&A sessions, displays, food trucks, activities and features for children and young adults, health and recreational resources, informational sources, onstage performances, live demonstrations, and much more.


**** For more specific information about the above, visit the Festival of Books site:


SHADOWGRAM joins Lara in encouraging DARK SHADOWS fans to attend Lara’s panel discussion and signing session on Sun., April 23. You are invited and welcome to please share your photos and reports with SHADOWGRAM via the e- and postal- mail ShadowGram addresses found in this Update. Thank you in advance for sharing.


---- NOTE: Lara also offers personally-autographed copies of “Heiress of Collinswood” plus her first 3 DS novels: “Angelique’s Descent,” “The Salem Branch,” and “Wolf Moon Rising.” These signed books plus personally-autographed photos are available through her official site:


For more information, please send a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) to:

Lara Parker

P.O. Box 1254

Topanga, CA 90290


NOTE: Lara’s “Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood” is published by MacMillan Publishers and is available online via: 

Macmillan Publicity: “Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood is the continuing the story of the classic TV show, Dark Shadows by series star, Lara Parker.

‘My name is Victoria Winters, and my journey continues . . . ‘


“An orphan with no knowledge of her origins, Victoria Winters first came to the great house of Collinwood as a Governess. It didn’t take long for the Collins family’s many buried secrets, haunted history, and rivalries with evil forces to catch up to Victoria and cast the newcomer adrift in time, trapped between life and death.

“At last returned to the present, Victoria is called back to Collinwood by a mysterious letter. Hoping to fill in the gaps of her memories by meeting with the people who knew her best, Victoria returns to the aging mansion. However, she soon discovers that the entire Collins family is missing—except for Barnabas Collins, a vampire whose own dark curse is well known. Victoria discovers that she has been named sole heir to the estate, if only she can prove her own identity.

“Beset by danger and dire warnings, Victoria must discover what dread fate has befallen Collinwood, even as she finally uncovers a shocking truth long hidden in the shadows....”


Specific information:

“Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood”

ISBN: 9781466857803

400 Pages


**** The ShadowGram Updates premiere-announce and report the latest confirmed DS information FIRST through the free ShadowGram Group List at


To be FIRST to directly receive each ShadowGram News Update in your inbox:

 --- If you’re already a Yahoo member, go to the website. Find the GROUPS tab on the main page. Click there, type   Shadowgram   in the Search box, and click again. It will take you to the Group. Continue from there.


--- If you’re not already a Yahoo member of the ShadowGram Group, please go to

Then follow the steps to become a Group member.


If you prefer, you can request an invitation, which makes it even easier to receive each Update as it is posted. For an invitation or more information, please send your request with your full name and full email address to   Marcy Robin  at


Once you join the Group or accept the invitation, you will receive the breaking-news Updates via email as they are posted. You also can see past news developments as they happened by reading recent Updates at the ShadowGram Group page at


**** This - and every Update – is posted FIRST to the ShadowGram Group at, then to a number of DS Facebook groups, and dispersed by interested fans to various lists, boards, websites, groups, blogs, pages, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc., in individual personal emails, and other online / print communications.


PLEASE always include ShadowGram's complete e- and postal- mail addresses and subscription information in all of your online sharing. Thank you.




--- Each complete SG print newsletter provides in-depth reports, confirmed and official details, photos, DS personnel’s own comments and messages for SG readers, publicity and media coverage, exclusive materials, official advance information, and more.


To subscribe / renew to the ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows Newsletters:


--- US & Canadian First Class subscriptions: $12.00 for 4 issues, $24.00 for 8 issues.

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Please send subscription / renewal payment by check or money order, made payable to:


Marcy Robin

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766



Subscription/renewal payments also can be made via PayPal to:


Each SG Published Newsletter features confirmed news and information received directly from the DS cast/crew about their projects and activities, Dan Curtis Productions, the DS Festival, Big Finish Productions, MPI, special events, and others involved in DS today. The print newsletters feature exclusive and behind-the-scenes photos, premiere announcements, messages to the fans from the DS personnel, detailed reports, publicity materials, media coverage, updates for DS guest/fan gatherings, plus all the definite DS news and plans.


Fans everywhere always are encouraged to please share any DS-related materials you find at any time. These can be on-air, in print, and online, international, nationwide, or local, including media publicity and mentions, photos, articles, reviews, interviews, commentaries, etc. Fans attending personal appearances or performances by the DS cast always are encouraged to please share with SG their reports, photos, video footage, program books, local publicity, plus media articles, interviews, reviews, etc.


All such items can be hard copies (photographs, newspapers, magazines, program books, flyers). You can email photos and articles at high resolution or send materials via postal-mail. Please always include your full name and the complete name and date of the source.


Please send all items to ShadowGram’s postal- and/or e- mail addresses below.


You will be named as a Contributor in the published SG newsletter. You also may receive a complementary Contributor's Copy for major donations of photos, video footage, information, funds, postage stamps, supplies, publicity, assistance, etc. Thank you in advance for your support and sharing.


All information is important to ShadowGram. Subscribers of all ages are across the US and beyond. I directly send complimentary copies of every issue to many of the DS cast/crew, whom I’ve known and worked closely with for many years. They share with me their news, photos, and messages to the fans for SG’s readers. They also enjoy learning about their DS colleagues in SG's pages.


SHADOWGRAM (SG) is the recognized * Official * "Dark Shadows" Newsletter. Much of its news is provided to me by the show's cast, crew, and those involved in the 1966-71 TV series and 1991 TV series. Established 38 years ago in April, 1979. ShadowGram has always worked closely and directly with the DS personnel, the DS Festival, and related individuals, companies, and others involved in DS' creation, distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc. All their news is provided to you through the SG Online Updates and the SG Published Newsletters.


Please see complete subscription information above and contact addresses below. For more information or questions: Please email or send SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) to the following e-mail or postal-mail addresses.


Thank you.


Marcy Robin / ShadowGram

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766

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