Friday, May 5, 2017

Get half-off Dark Shadows audios this weekend

Plus new Tony & Cassandra Mysteries!

Break out your wallets, everybody: Big Finish is having a 50-percent-off sale on most of its DARK SHADOWS titles this weekend.

Use the code DRKSH50 at checkout to save half off DARK SHADOWS audios ranging from 2007's "Angelique's Descent" through 2015's "And Red All Over," which is a huge selection of titles to choose from. If that wasn't enough, the code will also give you 50 percent off full-cast audio dramas from 2006's "The House of Despair" through last year's excellent "Blood & Fire," the sprawling serial "Bloodlust" and the recent anthologies "Echoes of the Past," "Haunting Memories" and "Phantom Melodies." That's enough DARK SHADOWS to keep you occupied for a long, long time.

The timezone of the U.K.-based Big Finish makes nailing down the sale's end a little difficult, but they're offering a "mid-day" cutoff for U.S. customers of Monday, May 8 ... which gives you plenty of time to act.

Read more about the sale HERE.

Also: It seems a waste to bury this news at the bottom of a sales notice, but Big Finish has also announced a new collection of  "The Tony & Cassandra Mysteries." These offbeat tales have been sprinkled throughout the DARK SHADOWS range since 2011's "The Death Mask." Starring Lara Parker and Jerry Lacy, these stories generally shrug off traditional continuity to follow the one-time Collinsport attorney Toney Peterson and still-a-witch Angelique, AKA Cassandra Blair, as they get into trouble on distant parts of the globe.

“When I attended the Dark Shadows 50th anniversary festival in mid-2016,” said DARK SHADOWS producer David Darlington, “the feedback we started receiving -- and then kept on receiving -- was that more and more people wanted more and more of Tony and Cassandra. Jerry Lacy sat next to the Big Finish contingent for one of his many autograph sessions, and clearly enjoyed getting to point over at me and say ‘Hey, ask this guy’ every time someone brought the subject up …”

Appearing in the new anthology (which features a cool retro cover that calls back to mystery programs like MURDER, SHE WROTE) are "The Mystery of La Danse Macabre" by Zara Symes, "The Mystery of Flight 493" by Alan Flanagan and "The Mystery of Karmina Sonata" by Aaron Lamont.

Curiously, Mark Passmore, the author of the previous Tony and Cassandra, doesn't appear to be attached to this collection. Over on Facebook, though, Passmore noted the timing of today's announcement marked the seventh anniversary of when he submitted his script for “The Death Mask.”

"What timing for this announcement!" he wrote. "It'll be a real thrill listening to other writers' approach to the characters."

You can read more about Vol. 1 of "The Tony & Cassandra Mysteries" at Big Finish HERE.

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