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Latest Site Updates

News: Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story Online Preview Event (09-20-21)

Air Dates: Updated through September 30 (09-18-21)

Blog: "A Mountaintop Experience" (09-05-21)

News: Of Poets and Poetry (08-31-21)

Blog: New post from David about Ed Asner (08-30-21)

News: Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story (08-18-21)

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Upcoming Appearances and Projects

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

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

Host Mark Dawidziak will be 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 will be shown along with rare footage.

Viewers can participate in a Q&A with the actors by emailing questions for the guests to JonathanFridDoc@gmail.com in advance.

Tune in to the MPI Media Group YouTube channel at 7:00 PM ET/4:00PM PT to watch the hour-long streaming presentation.

Additional information about the documentary, including the trailer and pre-order links, appears below.

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 Amazon.com (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 an upcoming 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 will be released on Tuesday, October 5. It is currently available for pre-order from 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

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:


RetroFan Magazine

David Selby as Quentin Collins is featured on the cover of the November 2020 issue of RetroFan. The magazine includes an interview with David Selby by Rod Labbe. It was nominated for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Interview.

David Selby as Quentin Collins on RetroFan Magazine

Digital and print copies of the magazine may be purchased online from the TwoMorrows Publishing Store. Visit the store to preview pages from the interview.


Headline Books Virtual Book Festival

On November 14-21, 2020, Headline Books, publisher of David's novels Promises of Love and A Casualty of Indifference, held its first ever Christmas Virtual Book Festival. David was featured at 4:00 PM ET on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Viewers could register to participate via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live on the Headline Books Facebook page.

The complete video can be viewed on Facebook or YouTube.


Dark Shadows Halloween Reunion

Dark Halloween Reunion

On Saturday, October 31, at 9:00 PM ET (6:00 PM PT), the Quarantine Theatre Company's YouTube channel hosted a Dark Shadows Halloween Reunion.

Actors who participated included: Nancy Barrett (Carolyn Stoddard), Roger Davis (Peter Bradford/Jeff Clark), James Hall (Willie Loomis), David Henesy (David Collins), Sharon Smyth Lentz (Sarah Collins), Lara Parker (Angelique),Christopher Pennock (Jeb Hawkes), Mitchell Ryan (Burke Devlin), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans/Josette), David Selby (Quentin Collins), James Storm (Gerard Stiles), and Marie Wallace (Eve/Jenny Collins).

The 90-minute broadcast was hosted by Jack Fields, co-founder of the Quarantine Theatre Company on YouTube, and moderated by Richard Halpern, familar to Dark Shadows Festival attendees as a frequent emcee, and Ansel Faraj, who has directed several Dark Shadows alumni in his films, including David Selby and Kathryn Leigh Scott in Loon Lake.

The event can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube.


Necessary Sacrifices

In 2012, David Selby and Craig Wallace appeared as Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass for Ford's Theatre's production of Richard Hellesen's Necessary Sacrifices. The play focuses on the two documented encounters between the two men and how Douglass challenged Lincoln during a time of national crisis.

Necessary Sacrifices

On Thursday, August 20, at 4:00 PM ET, Selby and Wallace reunited to present Necessary Sacrifices for Ford's Theatre's virtual play reading series. The recording was available online for four days following the live stream.

To see archival materials related to the original production of Necessary Sacrifices, visit the Ford's Theatre web site or the Necessary Sacrifices page in the Photo Gallery.

In June, David Selby and Craig Wallace took part in Ford's Theatre's Cabinet Conversations series to discuss the play. That conversation is available on YouTube.


True Stories of Tinseltown

David has made multiple appearances on the True Stories of Tinseltown podcast. His latest was in October 2020. Check out the links below to listen.