Dark Shadows

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An ABC soap opera of the late 60's. It began as a modern Gothic, with a foundling governess sent to a remote New England village. Early shows included a plot sequence reminiscent of The Bad Seed.

"Dark Shadows" did a series of flashbacks to the 18th and 19th Centuries,a flash-forward to the 21st Century, and several alternate world sequences. Major characters included demons, a sort of Frankenstein's monster, various witches and warlocks, and werewolves. Some of these were heroes; some villains. The soap opera's dominant character was Barnabas Collins, a vampire.

The series was eventually canceled in the early 70's — apparently not due to ratings but due to adverse publicity it had been getting as a favorite of the Drug Generation. It has since been re-run in some areas, usually as a late night show.

A subfandom interested in "Dark Shadows" developed, which held its own conventions — sometimes in conjunction with major regional SF conventions. Like the early "Star Trek" conventions, these gatherings were frequently attended by the actors who starred in the series.

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