Never Without You

Valerie's random thoughts about Dark Shadows, especially my OTP, Barnabas and Julia. Hopeless fangurl of the fabulous Grayson Hall and Jonathan Frid.

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"In a few moments the sun will rise. And when it sets again, I will summon Barnabas and he will come to me. He won’t be able to resist me. He will be mine at last! 

Angelique works herself up to a near orgasmic state thinking of how Barnabas won’t be able to resist her now (*I thought you didn’t want him under the influence of a spell? Isn’t that what you said in 1795?). Nicholas—that party pooper—enters and explains that they forgot to consider Dr. Lang’s tape recorded message about Barnabas and Adam sharing a connection and that Adam now has bite marks on his neck. Nicholas rescinds his permission to use Barnabas as a chew toy. She’ll have to stick with Joe Haskell. But Angelique no longer wants hamburger when she’s had prime rib. She accuses Nicholas of wanting Joe under her power so that he can pursue Maggie Evans (*Well, duh, Angelique. Duh.). Nicholas says it doesn’t matter. She must do as he says. Angelique reluctantly agrees, but gives him a rebellious glance (*This isn’t going to turn out well…lol)

*Why is it that Barnabas had a closet full of suits when he was a vampire, but Vampire Angelique is still wandering around in that same white gown? The thing must be as funky as Adam’s green sweater by now. ewww

"I feel weak. I feel… strange."

Adam is all tucked up in his too small twin bed (*wearing pajamas instead of the green sweater). A gleeful Nicholas wakes him up to tell him their plan worked. Barnabas is under a “spell” and Eve is safe. Adam’s reaction is subdued and he complains of feeling weak. He tells Nicholas of a frightening dream of being attacked by someone he couldn’t see. He rubs his neck and Nicholas is shocked to find fang marks (*Oops!). Angelique has never been in Adam’s room, but he is terrified of her and can’t explain why. Nicholas guesses what has happened (*That dang Barnabas/Adam connection strikes again!) and vows to protect Adam.

Don’t be frightened of Angelique or anything else. Nothing is going to happen to you. I know what’s causing you to be afraid, and I’m going to put an end to it right now!”

Someone, in one of the Facebook groups, asked what sort of aps Barnabas would have used if Smartphones had existed in the 60s. But all I could think about was how often Barnabas would have been texting Julia. LOL!

Someone, in one of the Facebook groups, asked what sort of aps Barnabas would have used if Smartphones had existed in the 60s. But all I could think about was how often Barnabas would have been texting Julia. LOL!


David: All I know is, when I grow up I’m leaving. I’m going where the action is.

Roger: Action? I know where the action should be. In your bedroom.

omg Roger no

—This has to be the most hilarious Roger and David scene ever. Perhaps the only hilarious Roger and David scene. And, ironically, real time Roger’s final scene.

(via lzbarnabas)

On August 7, 1985 we lost Grayson Hall, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was just one month shy of her 63rd birthday. Hard to believe it’s been 29 years, but her memory continues to shine brightly.


Complete full scale Grayson Hall sculpt.

Finally finished hand-punching her hair sometime ago.


"I’ve got to find a way of escaping her. But how?…I know what’s happening. I know!"

"Barnabas, I know what you were thinking. But you’ll never find a way of escaping me. Never!"

No rest for the wicked. The dogs are howling and Barnabas knows what that means. Angelique soon appears. Nicholas will never know she disobeyed him because Barnabas can’t tell him. She corners him and bites him again. Not liking the other side of the vampire/victim equation, Barnabas screams his head off.

Haven’t you done enough to me tonight? Can’t you leave me alone?”

"I’ll never leave you alone. Until you’re mine. Completely mine."

"No. Please! No! No!"

"You look rather strange."

"Julia, I thought this nightmare would be over tonight but it isn’t and I don’t know what to do next. So naturally I’m afraid and worried….Please, Julia. I’m exhausted. Can’t we talk to tomorrow?""

Barnabas returns to the Old House and lies like a rug (*while clutching his coat collar…lol). The Plan failed because Eve wasn’t at Blair House. No sign of Adam either. This sounds a bit far-fetched to Julia and Stokes (*because where could two monsters have gone? Out on the town?), but Barnabas fields their questions and Julia’s concern for his physical well being. He’s exhausted from all the breaking and entering and depressed that the horror will continue (*in more ways than one). Julia knows that something is not right, but the vampire specialist/ex-vampire victim can’t quite put her finger on it. She allows Professor Stokes to drive her back to Collinwood

"I’m worried. The way he looked. The way he was behaving. Something about him bothers me."

"Julia, you’ve done enough worrying for one night"

You underestimated Nicholas. Why, the moment he got your invitation he knew what you had in mind..He knew that you wanted to get inside this house. So he decided to let you.”

"And so I walked into a trap."

"Yes. I’m really rather surprised at you, Barnabas. I thought you had more intelligence."

Angelique continues to gloat. Barnabas was naive to think Nicholas didn’t know what he was up to in regard to Eve (*Isn’t that exactly what Julia warned you about, Barnabas….hmmm?)  And, oh, yes. He is hers now and will come whenever she calls.She orders him to put an end to any suspicions Julia and Stokes may have but refuses to help him devise a cover story. (*Who do you think she is, Barnabas? Julia? lol)  He begs to be allowed to go home. Angelique makes him repeat his plea, relishing the moment, but lets him go after he says “Please.”  (*In other words, Angelique is having a great night. Barnabas….not so much). Nicholas comes home and Angelique reports success: Barnabas is under their power. Nicholas tells her that he will determine when she can see Barnabas. Angelique assures Nicholas that she will obey him. Nicholas suspects that she is agreeing too easily and says that this is her only warning.

"You can see Barnabas occasionally, but only occasionally. I mean .I shall determine when you see him. You will not see him unless I say you can. Do you understand?"

"Please give my thanks to Mr. Collins. Tell him that I had a most interesting evening."

Despite Julia and Stokes combined efforts to keep him at the Old House, Nicholas decides it’s past his bedtime and leaves. Julia frets that Adam must have found Barnabas and killed him, or Nicholas will when he catches him in the house. Stokes points out that Barnabas has had adequate time to kill Eve and be out of Blair House by now. At any rate, he knew the risks and made his choice willingly. This is small comfort to Julia who senses that Barnabas is in deep trouble (*again).

"If he isn’t dead, then something else must have happened to him. Something terrible!"

"Yes, it’s Angelique. Your bride. The only bride you’ll ever have."

"I’ll never be rid of you will I?"


"As long as I live, you will exist to torment me."

"That’s right. You will never escape me."

"I thought I finally had. I should have known better."

Barnabas is weak and disoriented. Angelique is victorious. He is hers and nobody else will ever have him. He hates her. It doesn’t matter. She hates him more. And having him in her control almost makes being a vampire worthwhile. Barnabas tries to make a break for it, but Angelique is having none of that. And, no. She doesn’t care that people are waiting for him and will be suspicious if he doesn’t return. He isn’t gong anywhere until she says so.

What are you planning to do?”

"Don’t you know?"

"You are going to make me revert to what I was!"

*Angelique continues to cast a reflection in a mirror, in spite of being a vampire.

Get away from me!”

"Aren’t you curious to know why I’m alive? How Nicholas allowed me to live? This is what I am. This is what Nicholas has made me."

Angelique gloats that Barnabas is not rid of her. She gloats that he is frightened. She has been waiting for this moment for a long time. She reveals that Nicholas let her live again, more or less. She bares her fangs and bites Barnabas. He screams bloody murder.

Now the background of the Collins shipping interests is in many ways even more fascinating than the family.history.”

Barnabas survives the drive to Blair House and heads upstairs. At the Old House, Stokes prattles on and on. A bored Nicholas tries to excuse himself in order to pay Roger his respects. Julia improvises, stating that Roger went to bed as she was leaving. Stokes continues his dissertation. At Nicholas’ house, Barnabas readies the hypodermic and enters Eve’s room. He moves to stab the body in her bed, but finds he has fallen for the old pillows under the blanket trick once again. He is greeted by Angelique, who bares her fangs.


Is the Professor going on about his unfortunate ancestor?”

"Well, actually he’s told me more about your ancestors."

"Well, I’m sure he’s the one to tell you. He probably knows more about my family than I do."

Professor Stokes gives a history lesson: Joshua Collins built the Old House for Naomi in 1757, but after Collinwood was built in 1796, the house remained unoccupied until the present Barnabas Collins emigrated from England. He knows all this because his ancestor, Ben Stokes, was a servant indentured to the Collins family (*But who knew Ben was such a history buff?). There’s no sign of food at this dinner party, but Barnabas serves up some booze and even takes a rare drink himself (*Naomi’s son is apparently a teetotaler). Barnabas and Stokes wonder where the usually prompt Julia could be. Soon she arrives with the fake summons from Liz. Barnabas pretends to be reluctant to leave his guests, but Nicholas plays along and urges Barnabas to fulfill his family duty. Barnabas heads out with the killing dose provided by Julia, along with a plea to be careful (*which is rather like telling rain to be dry…lol).

"My, dear Barnabas, aside from whatever supernatural powers he may possess, the man is an insufferable egotist. I don’t think he believes that ordinary people like us would dare to plot against him."

Professor Stokes arrives at the Old House, convinced that Nicholas doesn’t suspect a thing. The Three Musketeers study a detailed sketch of Blair House (*Did Stokes draw this in the car?…lol) which includes three bedrooms. The cologne scented room Stokes surmises to be Eve’s. Julia worries that Adam may be with Eve when Barnabas arrives, but Stokes believes Eve did not respond to Adam and will be alone  (*doesn’t everyone sleep alone on Dark Shadows?). The Plan is for Julia to arrive late to the dinner party, saying she was detained by an ill Mrs. Stoddard, who wants to see Barnabas. Barnabas will excuse himself from the party and make his escape to Blair House in Stokes car (*running down a few pedestrians along the way). Julia continues to fret about the danger. Barnabas tells Stokes of Julia’s nightmare which “she chooses to interpret as a premonition”. While agreeing that it is a dangerous situation, Stokes believes that Nicholas is completely in the dark and votes with Team Barnabas.  But Julia’s intuition is sound. Nicholas is watching the strategy session on his Magic Mirror TV.

There is no question that we are all in danger, especially Barnabas. But I think you are over-reacting. If I thought for a moment that Nicholas suspected anything, I’d say that it was insanity to go ahead with all this. But he doesn’t  suspect anything.”

*This is the first reference on the show to Barnabas driving a car. Who taught him and how a man born in the 18th Century obtained the necessary paperwork to get a drivers license has been left to fanfiction.