The cover for the Dark Shadows Halloween special is now available. Beyond the Grave, due out in October, tells the story of what happens when a television crew unearth something terrible in Collinsport’s local cemetery. As with 2012's The Haunted Refrain, also written by playwright Aaron Lamont, it's another terrifying story to be listened to in the dark.
“I love that ‘live broadcast’ feel of dramas like Ghostwatch and War of the Worlds,” says Lamont, “so it’s been really great getting to write the Dark Shadows version. While presenter Tom Lacey investigates the cemetery, the show's host, Kate Ripperton, sits safe and sound in the studio - until the Dark Shadows regulars show up, and then all hell breaks loose.”
Dark Shadows: Beyond the Grave comes with a reversible cover. “The story is presented as the audio equivalent of a 'found-footage' horror film,” says producer, Joseph Lidster, “and we wanted to represent that in the packaging. Therefore our designer, Alistair McGown, has provided us with two covers. One, as you'll see here on the website, is for the television series Beyond the Grave, while the other is in the usual format, complete with the classic Dark Shadows logo.”
“Beyond the Grave is a perfect standalone piece for anyone who just wants some good spooky listening this Halloween. It's told from the point of view of the two television show presenters so you don't need to know anything about Dark Shadows. It's just a fantastic horror story which we're very proud of.”
The full cast list, cover, trailer and behind-the-scenes pictures can be found here. An extensive report about the unearthing of Beyond the Grave will appear in next month's Vortex magazine.
Dark Shadows (1966-1971) was a US TV series which told the story of the cursed Collins family. Set in the town of Collinsport, it featured witches, vampires, werewolves and warlocks plotting and scheming against each other. It was recently remade as a film starring Johnny Depp.