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Upcoming Appearances and Projects 

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.

Craig Wallace and David Selby in Necessary SacrificesOn Thursday, August 20, at 4:00 PM ET, Selby and Wallace will reunite to present Necessary Sacrifices for Ford's Theatre's virtual play reading series. The recording will be available online for four days following the live stream. You can watch on the following platforms:

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 of DavidSelby.com.

In June, David Selby and Craig Wallace took part in Ford's Theatre's Cabinet Conversations series to discuss the play. The video appears below in the Recent Appearances section.

New Releases

Loon Lake

Loon LakeDavid's latest film project, Loon Lake, is out now on Amazon Prime Video and can be viewed for free with Prime. It is also available for free viewing on TubiTV.

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.

Click here to watch the trailer on YouTube. 

A Casualty of Indifference by David SelbyA 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 here.

Then Again with Herbie J. Pilato

In January 2017, David joined Dark Shadows castmates Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott for an interview with Herbie J. Pilato for his classic television interview series Then Again. On July 1, 2019, the series became available through Amazon Prime Video (paid link) and ShoutFactory TV. Promotional stills from the episode are posted in the Photo Gallery.

Legion and Castle Rock

David Selby in Castle RockThe 2018 television season saw David making guest appearances on a couple of television series.

He reprised the role of Brubaker in a flashback in "Chapter Sixteen" of the second season of Legion on FX. David previously appeared as Brubaker in three episodes of the series' first season in 2017.

David also appeared in Hulu's Castle Rock, set in the world of Stephen King, as Josef Desjardins in an episode entitled "The Box."

Season 2 of Legion is currently available on DVD from online retailers such as Amazon.

The complete first season of Castle Rock is available to stream through Hulu as well as on Blu-ray (paid link) and DVD (paid link) from online retailers such as Amazon.

Back Fork

In the summer of 2017, David Selby headed to his home state of West Virginia to film a role in Back Fork. This timely film deals with the opiod crisis in Appalachia. A.J. Cook (Criminal Minds) is also attached to the project which stars and is directed by Josh Stewart (Shooter).

A premiere event was held at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Red carpet photos are on Getty Images.

The movie was released on digital platforms on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The DVD was released on June 4, 2019 and is available from retailers such as Amazon (paid link). UK viewers can watch online here. The trailer appears below.


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New Dark Shadows Audio Dramas from Big Finish

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

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

True Stories of Tinseltown

David recently returned to the True Stories of Tinseltown podcast for another interview. You can listen here.


FestivALL is a citywide celebration of the arts held each June in Charleston, West Virginia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event was virtual. David contributed by offering a half-hour long reading of some of his own poetry as well as material that holds a special significance for him. You can watch the reading below. (Signed copies of David's books are available in the Books section of this site.)

Cabinet Conversations

David participated in Ford's Theatre's online Cabinet Conversations, a series of conversations on creativity, history, and leadership with historians, artists, and leaders. He reunited with his Necessary Sacrifices co-star, Craig Wallace, and playwright Richard Hellesen.

Below is the event description from Ford's Theatre:

Playwright Richard Hellesen and actors David Selby and Craig Wallace discuss interpreting history through dramatic writing and actor portrayal—specifically, the relationship between abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Selby and Wallace portrayed Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, respectively, in the Ford’s Theatre 2012 production of Necessary Sacrifices. Hellesen is author of the Ford’s commissions Necessary Sacrifices, One Destiny and Investigation: Detective McDevitt, among others. Discussion includes viewer Q&A.

The conversation included a reading of a scene from Necessary Sacrifices by David and Craig. At the conclusion, Ford's Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault announced that a virtual reading of the complete play is in the works. It will be presented in August. See the top of this page for details.

The conversation took place on Thursday, June 4, at 4:00 PM ET. You can watch an archived version on YouTube below:


Other ways to watch:

Additional information about Necessary Sacrifices, including production photos, video clips, and article and review links, is posted in the Photo Gallery

Zoom into Books

Staying home does not have to be boring! Headline Books presents Zoom into Books, a series of interactive presentations, workshops, and readings from Headline authors. David Selby was interviewed by Burke Allen of Allen Media Strategies on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 2:00 PM ET. You can watch the interview below:


David has published two novels with Headline Books. Personalized signed copies of Promises of Love and A Casualty of Indifference, along with David's other books, are available in the Books section of this site.

NCIS: New Orleans

In early 2020, David filmed a role in the drama series NCIS: New Orleans. The episode, titled "Relentless," aired on Sunday, March 15, at 9:00 PM ET on CBS.

Chicago Fire

David recently filmed an appearance in the NBC drama series Chicago Fire. The episode aired at 9 PM ET on February 5, 2020. Publicity stills from the episode are in the Photos section.

Following the initial air date, check your cable/satellite provider's on-demand options to see the episode. It is also available on NBC.com or via the NBC app. On Fire devices, it's available through IMDbTV. Hulu subscribers also have access.

Prior to the original air date, David gave some interviews about the episode:

  • CarterMatt: "Chicago Fire Interview: David Selby Previews Season 8 Guest Spot" (02-03-20)
  • New York Post: "Guest Star David Selby Gets Emotional on Chicago Fire" (02-04-20)
  • One Chicago Interview: "David Selby Reflects on His Chicago Fire Experience" (02-04-20)


Master of Dark Shadows Premiere

Although he was initially unavailable to attend, due to a last minute change of plans, David Selby attended the premiere of the new Dark Shadows/Dan Curtis documentary on Saturday, October 20, 2019 at the LAX Westin in Los Angeles, California. Other Dark Shadows personnel on hand included John Karlen (Willie Loomis), Jerry Lacy (Rev. Trask), Malcolm Marmorstein (writer), Lara Parker (Angelique), Chris Pennock (Jeb Hawkes), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans), and James Storm (Gerard Stiles).