I've been covering the upcoming release of DARK SHADOWS: BLOODLUST pretty thoroughly since it was announced a few months back. If you're an avid reader of this site, you're already ahead of the curve. Still, there might have been tidbits you've missed along the way, so I thought I'd take advantage of the release of a new trailer for the series (which you can watch above) to create a quick FAQ about the upcoming series.
WHAT IS BLOODLUST?
13-part serial, Bloodlust sees a small American town ripped apart by a brutal murder. The series will be launched in January 2015 both as a series of downloads and in two CD boxsets. Altogether, the full BLOODLUST storyline will run almost six hours.
WHO’S IN BLOODLUST?
The serial features a number of original cast members and new faces. Here’s an abbreviated list: Andrew Collins, Jerry Lacy, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, David Selby, Marie Wallace and Matthew Waterhouse.
You can hear the entire cast introduce themselves at the official Soundcloud page for the DARK SHADOWS line HERE.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT, ALFIE?
There’s been a lot of secrecy surrounding BLOODLUST since it was first announced. While the full cast has been announced, the series producers are still keeping the major plot points to themselves. Here’s what writer/producer Joseph Lidster has to say about the story:
“Bloodlust, a supernatural murder mystery, is an all-new miniseries,” says co-producer Joseph Lidster. “Newlyweds Mike and Melody Devereux (Jeff Harding and Daisy Tormé) arrive in Collinsport for their honeymoon but soon find themselves caught up in a murder that has devastating repercussions for the whole town. Things only get worse when they discover that there are inhuman creatures waiting in the darkness…”You can view a brand-new trailer for the series at the top of this post.
|Lara Parker, Andrew Collins and Kathryn Leigh Scott.|
IS BARNABAS COLLINS PART OF THE SERIES?
Yes. Andrew Collins returns to the role for the first time since 2010.
WHEN DOES THE STORY TAKE PLACE?
In the 1980s, about six months after DARK SHADOWS: KINGDOM OF THE DEAD.
HOW CAN I GET THE SERIES?
The short answer is HERE.
There are actually several ways to get the series, though. You can purchase the series on an episode-by-episode basis for $2. 99 each, or subscribe to the series for $25. BLOODLUST will also be available on CD sometime during the release. The plan is to release the first CD collection on the same day the 7th episode becomes available for download. The second CD collection should be released the day the 13th episode goes online.
The series is already available for pre-order in all formats.
WHAT IS SNOWFLAKE?
SNOWFLAKE was a surprise (and free!) audiodrama released by Big Finish on Halloween, 2014. The episode was originally identified only by its title, but listeners quickly discovered this was a DARK SHADOWS story. It also serves as a prelude to BLOODLUST and will be included with the CD release of the series.
SNOWFLAKE is still available as a free download HERE.
WHERE CAN I CHAT WITH OTHER DARK SHADOWS FANS ABOUT THE SERIES?
Big Finish has its own dedicated message board for DARK SHADOWS as part of its homepage. You can go directly to the DARK SHADOWS page by clicking HERE.
|Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin on DARK SHADOWS.|
IS BLOODLUST THE ONLY DARK SHADOWS STORY WE’RE GETTING IN 2015?
Nope. Big Finish has already announced three new episodes to follow in the wake of BLOODLUST. The titles are PANIC, THE CURSE OF SHURAFA, AND RED ALL OVER. It’s already been disclosed that David Selby will be a part of those episodes, as will Susan Sullivan. Mitchell Ryan will also be making a return to DARK SHADOWS in one of those episodes after almost 50 years away.