Sunday, 4 August 2013


Update Number 291
July 31, 2013


Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,

ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS) announces the following breaking news in this Official Online News Update "bulletin."


Lara (Angelique) asks SG to announce all 9 of her book tour appearances for her 3rd DS novel, “Dark Shadows: Wolf Moon Rising.” The publication date is August 20, from Tor Books, and the launch is at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles on that date.

She talked with me at length about the book and its various points of view: “Barnabas's, of course, but also Quentin's, and young David's – who has fallen in love with Jacqueline, a mysterious witch girl.”

Lara hopes that many fans will come to each event. More of her comments follow the tour listings below.

Tues., Aug. 20 (Official publication date!) – 7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble at The Grove (at Farmers’ Market) – 189 The Grove Drive, Suite K-30, Los Angeles, CA. (323) 525-0270. 

Wed., Aug. 21 – 7:00 pm - Mysterious Galaxy - 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego, CA. (858) 268-4747.

Fri., Aug. 23 – 7:00 pm – Borderlands Books – 866 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA. (415) 824-8203.

Sun., Aug. 25 – 4:00 pm – Barnes & Noble - 7227 SW Bridgeport Road, Tigard, OR (Portland - Bridgeport area). (503) 431-7575.

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 – DragonCon convention (with Kathryn Leigh Scott) – Atlanta, GA 30303.

Wed., Sept. 4 – 7:00 pm - Barnes & Noble, 2416 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32803. (407) 894-6024.

Thurs, , Sept. 5 – 6:00 pm – Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Extended, Memphis, TN 3811. (901) 683-9801.

Mon., Sept. 9 – 7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble - 150 E. 86 St. NYC, NY 10028. (212) 369-2180.

Mon., Sept. 14 – 2:00 pm – Dark Delicacies - 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA. (818) 556-6660 / 1-888-DARKDEL

If it isn't possible for you to come to a book signing, you might call the bookstore nearest you and order a copy to be autographed while Lara is there and sent to you.
Following are Lara’s comments about the book and writing it.

“I’m very excited about my 3rd book.

“It’s a whole new Dark Shadows chapter and it moves very fast,” with three different storylines in two different time periods.

For one thing, “Quentin has lost the portrait” that keeps him youthful and his werewolf curse at bay. Now he dreads the full moon. “Everyone is doomed,” Lara said, laughing.

“A treat for the fans is the Humbert Allen Astredo character, Nathaniel Blair. He is Nicholas Blair’s brother, and he's a scientist and an expert in the occult. He comes to Collinwood because he suspects a vampire is being harbored there. He wants to find the creature and perform an autopsy!"

At the same time, “David Collins is 16 and in love with Jacqueline, also16, an artist – and the reincarnation of Angelique.

“The two teenagers decide to look for the portrait and so they go back in time to a very exciting period, the Roaring 20s, where Elizabeth Collins is 19 and a flapper, a party girl in a sparkly dress with her blonde hair cropped short.”

Lara explains:

“There is a lot here for those who loved the show," and the book is dedicated to the Dark Shadows fans. "Whether you raced home from school to miss not a minute or discovered the DVDs only yesterday, if you fell under the spell, this book is for you.

“You are and have been loyal and steadfast. You come to the conventions, form groups on Facebook, share in all kinds of social media, and more.

“I recently was asked on my webpage if I’m being paid to do this book tour. No, I am not. I’m doing it on my own because I want to meet more of you. I plan to show up at each of the book signings at least an hour early to enjoy being with you."

 **** “Dark Shadows: Wolf Moon Rising,” will be released on Tues., Aug. 20, through bookstores and online retailers.

Pre-orders can be placed at various online sources such as and other bookseller websites and sources can ship pre-orders to you or to your local store for pick-up on the official release date (Aug. 20).

Lara also shares these reviewers’ comments:

"A suspenseful, scary, superbly crafted addition to the Dark Shadows saga--once you begin reading you can't put it down." --- John Farris, New York Times best-selling author of The Fury.

“Lara Parker is as bewitching and cunning an author as she was when she portrayed the sexy enchantress Angelique on Dark ShadowsWolf Moon Rising injects new blood into a classic saga on werewolves and vampires.”—The Commercial Appeal on DARK SHADOWS: WOLF MOON RISING

On her second novel, “Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch”:

“Fans of Dark Shadows have long awaited this second book by Parker. (She) has done her research. She takes us effortlessly from Collinsport in 1971 to Salem Village in 1692 and does a wonderful job of capturing the history of both periods. Her spellbinding plot and descriptive prose will please those who love a supernatural romance. She has captured the characters, the dialogue, and the spirit of the show perfectly.”—Romantic Times Book Reviews on Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch

**** Fans attending any of Lara’s book tour events are invited and encouraged to please send their photos, video footage, reports, local publicity materials and articles, media coverage, reviews, interviews, etc., to SG. Please send hard copies (newspapers, magazines, flyers) when possible and always include your full name, the date, and the complete source name.

Please send all materials to SG’s e- and/or postal- mail addresses:

Marcy Robin
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766

Thank you in advance!
Lara’s first 2 DS novels – “Angelique’s Descent” and “The Salem Branch” – both were published by Tor Books. Both novels were re-issued by the company last year, in a number of languages and countries worldwide.

SG Update # 289 (May 7, 2013) shared her news that her 4th DS book will explore the story of Victoria Winters.


  1. anxiously awaiting the release of book 3 Lara; loved one and two...this is rather like Christmas in July, but just a few weeks late !

  2. "... there was even a short-lived TV show, based on..."

    Hey, wait a minute! DS wasn't that short-lived! This brother-of-a-familiar- acquaintance apparently hasn't been to any of the conventions, or he would know that the series never really dies.

    Loving it so far, LP. Thanks for all of the work, putting this together, and for becoming a better writer.

    In case anyone thinks, from the previous of the book, that it's some kind of alternate reality - nope. It's new and intriguing, but is written in the context of the series that we know.