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Latest Site Updates

Blog: New post from David (05-14-22)

Air Dates: Updated through May 15 (05-01-22)

Blog: "Circumstance Is the Devil," a poem (04-07-22)

News: Smartphone Theatre celebrates National Poetry Month (04-07-22)

News: The Share with David Selby and Susan Sullivan (03-15-22)

News: Falcon Crest now streaming for free on IMDbTV (03-01-22)

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Upcoming Appearances and Projects

Smartphone Theatre Celebrates National Poetry Month

David Selby returns to Smartphone Theatre to celebrate National Poetry Month on Sunday, April 10, at 8:00 PM ET/ 5:00 PM PT.

Other scheduled poets include: Eugene Butler, Michael Cavanaugh, Moreau Halliburton, Kevin Kelly, Elaine Madsen, Smokey Miles, Donald Norman, Shirley Sniderman, Claudia Stedelin, and Joseph Walsh. A talk-back session with all of the participants will follow the readings.

Those wishing to participate via Zoom should register in advance. The reading will also be streamed on the Smartphone Theatre YouTube channel, where all performances are archived for those unable to watch live.

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


New Releases

Stream Falcon Crest for Free

Falcon Crest fans' wait is finally over. While a few seasons of the primetime drama have been available on DVD and via streaming in the past, March 2022 marks the first time that the series can be streamed in its entirety, and it is free with advertisements. IMDbTV is the new online home of Falcon Crest.

Falcon Crest was one of several popular nighttime dramas that aired in the 1980s. The series were notorious for their season-ending cliffhangers. While Dallas and Dynasty focused on oil barons, Falcon Crest concentrated on California wine country and ran for nine seasons. Its popularity extended outside of the United States. The show was a favorite in Europe and still has an active German fan club.

Jane Wyman and David Selby in Falcon Crest

David Selby joined the cast of Falcon Crest as Richard Channing during the show's second season on October 1, 1982. He remained a member of the cast until the final episode, which aired on May 18, 1990.

For those unfamiliar with IMDbTV, here are some useful details from the IMDbTV FAQ:

In the United States and U.S. territories, IMDb TV is currently available as an App on Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, Google TV, LG smart TVs (TV models 2018+), Comcast XFinity X1 and Flex, Microsoft Xbox One and Series S/X, Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices, Fire tablet, and on the Amazon website [US link].

In the United Kingdom and Channel Islands, IMDb TV is currently available as an App on Fire TV and on the Amazon website [UK link].

You can also watch the IMDb TV channel with the Prime Video app on smart TVs, mobile devices, Fire tablet, Echo screen devices, other major streaming devices or from the web. IMDb TV is only available on devices that support Ad-Supported channels.

IMDb TV is no longer available to stream on IMDb.com or the IMDb app. You can access the IMDb TV app through these devices, and on the Amazon Prime Video app.

Thus far, Warner Bros. Entertainment has released the first three seasons of the show on DVD in the United States. David appears in the Season 2 and Season 3 sets (paid links). Although there is no word on a fourth season DVD release, the fourth season of Falcon Crest is currently available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Prime. Additional seasons are unavailable for purchase at this time.

Visit the Photo Gallery for a slideshow of images from Falcon Crest featuring David.

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 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.


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

The Share with Susan Sullivan and David Selby

David Selby and Susan Sullivan, who co-starred in the 1980s primetime drama Falcon Crest as Richard Channing and Maggie Gioberti, returned to Smartphone Theatre for The Share, a very special evening exploring how parents still influence our lives, on Friday March 18, 2022. The evening featured monologues written and performed by the actors followed by an opportunity for audience members to share their thoughts on the same topic.

Susan performed "My Father/Myself... And the 'Feeling.'" David performed "They Don’t Call Me Sarah For Nothing." Both performances were directed by Asaad Kelada.

The performance was streamed on the Smartphone Theatre YouTube channel, where all performances are archived for those unable to watch live.

The full event appears below:


A Night of Poetry 2022 Presented by Smartphone Theatre

Following the successful holiday presentation of Dark Shadows: A Christmas Carol (see below), David Selby returned to Smartphone Theatre for their first poetry evening of 2022 on Friday, January 21.

The lineup for the evening featured 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 were able to watch via Zoom or via a simultaneous YouTube stream on the Smartphone Theatre YouTube channel. If you were unable to view the live performance or would like to see it again, it appears below:

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


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, 2021, 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: