Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch

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Macmillan, Jul 11, 2006 - Fiction - 285 pages
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In Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch Barnabas Collins, the vampire hero of the series, has recently become a human again through the efforts of his devoted descendent Dr. Julia Hoffman and is living in current day Collinsport, Maine trying to adjust to normal life. Although engaged to marry Dr. Hoffman, he falls in love with a mysterious woman named Antoinette who has bought the ruins of "the old house" on the Collins estate and is restoring it while living with a band of hippies in the woods. Antoinette settled in the area because her daughter is being treated in a nearby mental hospital. Her daughter suffers from flashbacks to her previous incarnation as Miranda du Val who was burned as a witch in the Salem witch trials. One of the judges who condemned her to death was a Collins—Barnabas's ancestor. Barnabas is desperate to win Antoinette's love and to protect her and her daughter from the new vampire that he suspects is attacking the inhabitants of Collinsport.

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User Review  - hadden - LibraryThing

A slow book to read, it does retain the feeling of the original show, and the words used by Barnabas Collins sounds like the words and cadence of Jonathan Frid. It has an interesting section of sub-plot in the problems of a vampire becomin human again, which is someting original to me. Read full review

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User Review  - JalenV - LibraryThing

The prologue is quite effective, especially the implication at the end. It's pretty good. It's also obvious that this should be considered a parallel time [alternate universe] version of Dark Shadows ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

LARA PARKER, whose real name is Lamar Rickey Hawkins, played the role of Angelique on Dark Shadows. She grew up in Memphis Tennessee, attended Vassar College, majored in Drama at the University of Iowa, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University at Los Angeles. She lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband and daughter.

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