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Can the undead really die?

Amidst all the other celebrity death notices this week, comes news that Jonathan Frid, who played Barnabas Collins on the Dark Shadows soap opera in the 1960's, has died of natural causes at age 87.

I don't get it. Isn't a vampire, by definition, already dead?

Seriously, I loved that show when I was a kid. I really did race home from first grade to watch it, even though I probably didn't exactly know what was going on. My older brothers watched it, as did my brothers' friends, who'd sit around drinking Coca-Cola and smoking cigarettes in my parents living room.

I've amassed a small collection of Dark Shadows' items over the years, including a board game, a soundtrack CD record album, a 45 of Quentin's theme..and one item I've had since back in the day. A Dark Shadows Viewmaster reel. Jealous?

Johnny Depp is going to play Barnabas in an upcoming movie. I hope it's not so horrible it makes Jonathan Frid roll over in his grave.




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