Friday, October 9, 2020

Hey, you ... want a free Dark Shadows audio book?


Marylin Ross is experiencing a renaissance that almost defies belief. Hermes Press is publishing trade paperback-sized reprints of the author's Dark Shadows novels, while Paperback Classics/Oasis Audio has sequestered Kathryn Leigh Scott in the studio for the better part of the last two years, recording audiobook editions of the series. Oasis also has a number of non-Dark Shadows audiobook gothics from Ross, including such titles as Phantom Manor, Witches Cove and Phantom of the Swamp. There are also Kindle and Audible editions of the Dark Shadows series, as well as an audiobook edition of Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood (read by Kathryn, Lara Parker, David Selby and Jim Pierson) due out next week. It's a great time to be a sad goth.

Oasis has graciously given me a stack of Marilyn Ross audios to give away. With 28 installments of the series already released (and another coming this week) I figured the obvious place to start is Barnabas Collins and the Mysterious Ghost ... number 13 in the series. 

Why this one? It was possibly my first introduction to Dark Shadows. I found a copy of this title, as well as a great many others, in a used bookstore in Penn, England, around 1980. I even wrote a book report on it! (You can see my art for the report to your right.) If you think a drawing of a fanged vampire lunging for a ghost with a dagger in his hand is a little inappropriate for schoolwork ... well, you haven't seen the piece I drew for the novelization of The Omen that same year. I was a delight to have in class.

I've made previous contests ... challenging. (Remember when I recreated a coloring contest from 1933 as part of a King Kong giveaway?) Let's keep this one easy, though. All you have to do to win CD of  Barnabas Collins and the Mysterious Ghost is to find this story on Facebook (hint hint: it's HERE) and share it. I'll select a winner from the "shares" attached to the post at random.

That's it! I'll announced the winner Monday, Oct. 12. Meanwhile, listen to the Bodice Tipplers podcast talk about the first Barnabas Collins story in the Marilyn Ross series. 

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