Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dark Shadows over ConCarolinas

DARK SHADOWS will have a strong presence this weekend at the ConCarolinas event in Charlotte, N.C. THE COLLINSPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY will be there, as will original DARK SHADOWS cast members Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott. The likelihood of time slips, science-related disasters and  reported cases of vampirism are expected to rise by 60 percent in Charlotte by the end of the week. You might want to pack some sort of gypsy charm before venturing into the dealer's room.

If you can't make the convention, which runs May 30-June 1, you can keep track of the festivities on THE COLLINSPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY's various social media sites. Here's a handy guide:

(The Instagram account is fairly new, but I expect to be giving it a thorough shakedown during the convention.)

For those of you who are planning to attend, ConCarolinas is turning into an accidental MONSTER SERIAL gathering. CHS contributor Patrick McCray will be joining Sara McBride and myself at the CHS table, while Jonathan Chaffin of HORROR IN CLAY is set to attend, as well. All of us have pieces in the first MONSTER SERIAL collection. We'll have copies of the book available for sale, if you don't have one already.

While I haven't figured out a way to get them involved with this website yet, I've also got a bit of a history with the event's musical guest of honor VALENTINE WOLFE: They graciously agreed to perform at my wedding a few years back. They're an amazing band, and you won't want to miss them.

Oh, and that George RR Martin guy will be there, whom I've never met.

But wait! There's more! I'll have some of my modest collection of DARK SHADOWS items on display at THE COLLINSPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY table. But you'll have to visit us at ConCarolinas to find out what I'm bringing ...


ConCarolinas will have TWO events this weekend devoted to DARK SHADOWS. On Saturday at 2 p.m. there will be a screening of HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS, which will involve a Q&A with Parker and Scott. How may times will you get to see that film with those actresses in the room?

Then, at noon on Sunday, the actresses will take part in a panel discussion devoted to DARK SHADOWS.

Be there or be square.

Weekend and Saturday passes for ConCarolinas have already sold out. While Friday passes are available, some DARK SHADOWS fans are concerned about making the trip to Charlotte, only to find that today's passes have sold out before they arrived. There's good news, though! If you can't get into the convention, Kathryn Leigh Scott is organizing an off-site gathering of DARK SHADOWS fans this weekend. The meet is set for 6:15 Saturday night at Zapata's Restaurant, located at 8927 J M Keynes Dr., Charlotte, N.C., 28262 (within walking distance of the hotel that is hosting ConCarolinas.)


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