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Air Dates: Updated through January 29 (01-18-22)

News: Smartphone Theatre presents A Night of Poetry 2022 (01-18-22)

Blog: New Year's Day message from David (01-01-22)

Blog: Betty White (01-01-22)

News: YouTube video for Dark Shadows: A Christmas Carol performance embedded in News page.(12-05-21)

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Upcoming Appearances and Projects

A Night of Poetry 2022 Presented by Smartphone Theatre

Following the successful holiday presentation of Dark Shadows: A Christmas Carol (see below), David Selby returns to Smartphone Theatre for their first poetry evening of 2022 on Friday, January 21, at 8:00 PM ET (5:00 PM PT).

A Night of Poetry

The lineup for the evening features accomplished actors, writers, and artists, including: David Andrews, Michael Cavanaugh, Leslie A. Jones, Kevin Kelly, Hannah Logan, Elaine Madsen, Smokey Miles, Don Norman, Devon O'Brien, Buffy Shutt, and Shirley Sniderman.

Viewers can watch via Zoom (register here) or via a simultaneous YouTube stream on the Smartphone Theatre YouTube channel. (If you are unable to view the live performance, all Smartphone Theatre performances are archived on the YouTube channel.)

The suggested donation for the event is $10, but a donation is not required.

Personalized sign copies of David Selby's books are available here.

New Releases

Of Poets and Poetry

The September/October 2021 issue of Of Poets and Poetry, a publication of the Florida State Poets Association, features David Selby on its cover. The "Profiles in Poetry" piece includes an interview with David, numerous photographs from throughout his career, and excerpts of his writing.

Of Poets and Poetry

Of Poets and Poetry is available as a free digital download from the Florida State Poets Association website. For those who prefer physical media, printed copies are available through (paid link).

To purchase personalized signed copies of David's writing, please visit the Books section of this site.

Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story

David Selby is among those interviewed in a new documentary about actor Jonathan Frid, who portrayed vampire Barnabas Collins on the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. Titled Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story, the documentary was released on Tuesday, October 5. It is currently available for order from online outlets such as Amazon on Blu-ray (paid link) and DVD (paid link).

The official trailer appears below.

Special Edition Dark Shadows Novel

Among the many pieces of Dark Shadows merchandise produced during the show's original run on ABC were thirty-three novels released by Paperback Library and written by Marilyn Ross (a pen name of Dan Ross). Though the novels feature cover artwork with the series actors and employ characters from the series, they operate in a largely independent continuity. Recently, Hermes Press has begun reissuing the novels.

Barnabas, Quentin and the Mummy's Curse

Barnabas, Quentin and the Mummy's Curse is the 16th installment of the series. Here is the synopsis from Hermes Press:

When Professor Anthony Collins decides to catalog his Egyptian relics at Collinwood he brings with him the mummy of King Rehotip, who 'died' over 2000 years ago. Only the professor knows that Rehotip is really in a state of suspended animation. One night, the professor brings the mummy to life. Suddenly a young girl is killed. The police suspect Quentin Collins. Maggie Evans, however, is certain the killer is the mummy and wants to warn the police. Professor Collins threatens to accuse Barnabas if she does. Frightened into silence, Maggie lives in terror, wondering if she will be the next victim.

Barnabas, Quentin and the Mummy's Curse was released in April 2021. A special limited-edition release featured a red variant cover (instead of the original gold) and included a plate signed by David Selby. Only 200 copies were available. They have all been claimed at this time.

Loon Lake

David's latest film project, Loon Lake, is out now on Amazon Prime Video. It is also available for free viewing on TubiTV.

Cast and crew of Loon Lake

DVD (paid link) and Blu-ray (paid link) versions are also available from online retailers such as Amazon. The Blu-ray bonus features include:

  • Bringing the Legend to Life: The Making of Loon Lake, containing interviews with actors David Selby, Nathan Wilson, and Kelly Kitko and director Ansel Faraj
  • Music for Mary Jane: The Score of Loon Lake, an interview with composer Bill Wandel and director Ansel Faraj
  • Deleted/extended scenes, featuring an introduction by producers Nathan Wilson and Kelly Kitko

From the film's press release:

Acclaimed independent filmmaker Ansel Faraj, the writer/director behind Doctor Mabuse and The Last Case of August T. Harrison, has partnered with Round Town Productions on Loon Lake, debuting exclusively on Amazon Video on September 26 from distributor Indie Rights. The folk-horror thriller, inspired by the legend of the “Witch of Loon Lake," was shot entirely on location in Minnesota.

Eager to escape the grief of a recent tragedy, Louis Olsen travels to southwest Minnesota, seeking the peace of the rural countryside. When he accidentally disturbs the grave of the small town’s alleged “witch,” what began as a peaceful reprieve unravels into a haunting nightmare from which Louis cannot escape. Weaving between past and present, truth and fiction, reality and nightmare, Loon Lake is a suspenseful and atmospheric thriller.

David Selby (Dark Shadows, Falcon Crest, The Social Network) stars in a compelling dual role as 1880’s Pastor Owen Janson, the conflicted community leader torn between temptation and righteousness, and as the Pastor’s great-grandson Emery Janson, a present-day farmer who bears the burden of his forefather’s sins. Starring opposite Selby as Louis Olsen, a man driven to the brink of madness by grief, is the film’s co-writer Nathan Wilson (Will & Liz, Doctor Mabuse). Kelly Kitko (Devil’s Domain, Halloween Pussy Trap: Kill! Kill!) portrays Mary Jane Terlinden, the villager accused of witchcraft by Pastor Janson who returns to avenge her death; and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Dark Shadows, The Great Gatsby) guest stars as Pastor Janson’s resolute wife Lena

The Loon Lake trailer is available on YouTube.

A Casualty of Indifference

A Casualty of Indifference

A Casualty of Indifference is David's latest novel.

Drugs shatter a loving family when Mary Ellen Heater’s grandfather discovers her body while searching for cans and bottles at the local garbage dump. A tale of murder, drugs, and dirty dealing expose the terrible opioid problem crushing American families everywhere.

Mary Ellen Heater’s grandfather discovers a body while searching for cans and bottles at the local garbage dump. On closer inspection, he recognizes the body as his oldest granddaughter, Mary Ellen’s sister. It appeared to him that she had been shot twice in the head at close range. The grandfather’s discovery leaves the family shattered. Against her father’s wishes, a devastated Mary Ellen, determined to solve her sister’s murder, convinces her older brother to persuade the local kingpin of a known ‘drugs for guns’ place called “Deadend,” where her brother works, to hire her. She does not inform her brother why she wants the job, other than needing money. She does not mention her determination to gain information that will help solve her sister’s murder. Mary Ellen puts her promising singing aspirations on hold and with her grandfather’s help, she sets out on her quest to avenge her sister’s murder…which will have ramifications for the whole community.

The novel received an Honorable Mention in the General Fiction category from the 2019 Paris Book Festival.

A Casualty of Indifference is available in print and Kindle formats from Amazon (paid links). Signed copies of this book, along with other selections, are available through David's official site.

Dark Shadows Audio Dramas from Big Finish

David has reprised the role of Quentin Collins in Big Finish's ongoing series of new Dark Shadows audio dramas.

Dark Shadows Bloodline

The latest release with David is the new Dark Shadows miniseries Bloodline which focuses on the marriage of David Collins and Amy Jennings and features the return of Dr. Julia Hoffman with Julie Newmar stepping into the role.

Recent Appearances and Projects

Dark Shadows: A Christmas Carol

Dark Shadows fans enjoyed a rare treat this past holiday season as former cast members of the original series joined together for a readers' theatre performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 19 at 7:00 PM ET (4:00 PM PT).

Dark Shadows: A Christmas Carol

Particpants included Nancy Barrett (Carolyn Stoddard), David Henesy (David Collins), Alexandra Moltke Isles (Victoria Winters), Jerry Lacy (Rev. Trask), Lara Parker (Angelique), Mitch Ryan (Burke Devlin), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans), David Selby (Quentin Collins), James Storm (Gerard Stiles), and Marie Wallace (Eve).

The performance was presented by The Collinsport Theatre of the Airwaves. A brief chat with the actors followed the performance. An archived version is available for those who were unable to attend the live event.

The event was hosted by Todd Felderstein's Smartphone Theatre and was presented in the style of a Zoom meeting on YouTube and on Zoom.

The YouTube video is embedded below:

This is a free event.

Cult Radio A-Go-Go Interview

David was interviewed by father-daughter team Tiffany and Terry DuFoe for Cult Radio A-Go-Go on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Among other topics, they discussed the upcoming online presentation of A Christmas Carol featuring Dark Shadows actors. (More information appears above.)

If you missed the original live online broadcast, it is available through various podcast outlets including the Internet Archive. Please note that the listening information for the Dark Shadows: A Christmas Carol performance has changed since this broadcast. Please refer to the updated information at the top of this page.

Online Preview Event for Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story

On Sunday, October 3, 2021, MPI Media Group hosted a live online preview event for the new documentary Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story.

Host Mark Dawidziak was joined by producer director Mary O'Leary and original Dark Shadows cast members Lara Parker (Angelique), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans), David Selby (Quentin Collins), James Storm (Gerard Stiles), and Marie Wallace (Eve). Premiere highlights from the documentary were shown along with rare footage.

Viewers participated in a Q&A with the actors by emailing questions for the guests in advance.

Archived video of the event is available from the MPI Media Group YouTube channel.

Additional information about the documentary, including the trailer and order links, appears above.

What Friends Do (#Expendables)

On Friday, April 30, Mitchell Ryan, Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby, and Susan Sullivan teamed up under the direction of Asaad Kelada for an online presentation of Susan's play, What Friends Do (#Expendables):

Four old friends (the actors as well as the characters they play) reach out with a touch of humor, a modicum of reality and a smidgen of romance. . . to help each other get back into the game.

Please have a glass of wine (or whatever) And join us for a free 20-minute play.

All of the actors were on Dark Shadows. (Susan Sullivan appeared briefly as a ghost. The others were series regulars.) Mitch Ryan and Susan Sullivan appeared together on Dharma and Greg. David Selby and Susan Sullivan appeared together on Falcon Crest. Kathryn Leigh Scott and Susan Sullivan forged a lifelong friendship after working as Bunnies at the New York Playboy Club.

What Friends Do (#Expendables) was presented by Smartphone Theatre. A talk-back with the cast and creative team followed the performance. Both the performance and the talk-back may be viewed on YouTube: