Monday, September 21, 2009

This web blog.....

I plan to present in photos and more the HISTORY of the Pittsburgh Dark Shadows Fan Club and the History of Shadows Of The Night the Fanzine, highlighting the clubs trips and parties. As well as some fun and interesting DARK SHADOWS material.

Dan Silvio

What is the PITTSBURGH DARK SHADOWS FAN CLUB?

The Pittsburgh Dark Shadows Fan Club was founded in 1989 for the fans of the Dark Shadows television series in southwestern Pennsylvania and the nearby countires in Ohio and West Virginia. The Club has held gatherings and trips to Dark Shadows Festivals, performances by Jonathan Frid and David Selby and in 1991, the club held a peacefull rally at the local NBC affiliate - WPXI to stop the cancellation of the revival series of DARK SHADOWS. The PDSFC was founded by Lorraine Underwood (of Carnegie, PA.) and Daniel Silvio (of Bloomfield, PA.) The club also had an official fanzine called SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT (created in 1987 by Daniel Silvio). The Fanzine, Shadows Of The Night stopped publishing in 2003, The fanzine also had a website that was a companion to the paper publication that ended a few years ago.

What is DARK SHADOWS?

Dark Shadows is a Gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971. The show was created by Dan Curtis, who tells of a dream he had in which a girl takes a long train ride to visit a large mansion. The story "bible," which was written by Art Wallace, does not mention any supernatural elements. It was considered daring (and unprecedented in daytime television) when ghosts were introduced about six months after it began.

The series became hugely popular when, a year into its run, vampire Barnabas Collins, played by Jonathan Frid, appeared. In addition to vampires, Dark Shadows featured werewolves, ghosts, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel (both into the past and into the future), and a parallel universe. A small company of actors each played many roles and, as actors came and went, some characters were played by several actors. Major writers in addition to Art Wallace included Malcolm Marmorstein, who created the character of Barnabas Collins, Sam Hall, Gordon Russell, and Violet Welles.

Dark Shadows was distinguished by its vividly melodramatic performances, atmospheric interiors, memorable story lines and an unusually adventurous music score. Now regarded as somewhat of a camp classic, it continues to enjoy intense cult status among its followers. Director Tim Burton and pop icon Madonna have both gone on record as fans of the series. As a child Johnny Depp was so obsessed with Barnabas Collins that he wanted to be him. In fact, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are collaborating yet again to bring this series back to life. Johnny Depp will play the lead role of Barnabas. It will be director Tim Burton's next project and eighth collaboration with Depp.

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