The original series of Dark Shadows often incorporated classic stories with gothic themes into its narrative. The series modified this material freely, giving the familiar stories unusual twists. The following is a list of novels, short stories, films, other sources that influenced the various storylines and characters.

Novels Edit

Title Author Year Description
Frankenstein Mary Shelley 1818
Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens 1838
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas 1844
  • Burke Devlin reads this book in 38, to which Carolyn Stoddard comments that the story is about a man returning to his home town to wreak revenge, which is Burke's motivation for returning to Collinsport.
Queen Margot Alexandre Dumas 1845
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte 1847
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte 1847
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850
Moby Dick Herman Melville 1851
Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe 1852
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 1859
Black Beauty Anna Sewell 1877
  • The Leviathan Child reads this book in 909. Carolyn is said to have read this book when she was 8 years old.
The Return of the Native Thomas Hardy 1878
  • The return of Bramwell Collins after several years away during the '1841 Parallel Time' storyline.
She Henry Rider Haggard 1887
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde 1890
Dracula Bram Stoker 1897
  • The introduction of vampire Barnabas Collins to the series from 210 onwards.
  • The year 1897 was selected in which Barnabas would travel back in time to, also the year this novel was first published.
  • When Barnabas actor Jonathan Frid requested to play another character who wasn't a vampire, the writers created Bramwell Collins for him, reminiscent of this author name.
  • In 3, Carolyn jokes that at the stroke of midnight Roger turns into Dracula.
The Turn of the Screw Henry James 1898
Pollyanna Eleanor H. Porter 1913
  • Roger likens Victoria to the title character from this novel.
The Sense of the Past Henry James 1917
  • The love story of Peter Bradford and Victoria Winters over the centuries.
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurie 1938
The Manchurian Candidate Richard Condon 1959
  • In 763, the signal that Tim Shaw will know its time to kill someone is the "Queen of Spades", is reminiscent of a character in this novel, also named Shaw, who is used as a sleeper agent, a guiltless assassin subconsciously activated by seeing the "Queen of Diamonds" playing card while playing solitaire. In 772, when Tim receives the signal, his target, Minerva Trask, is playing solitaire.
Rosemary's Baby Ira Levin 1967

Short Stories Edit

Title Author Year Description
Ligeia Edgar Allan Poe 1838
The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allan Poe 1839
William Wilson Edgar Allan Poe 1839
The Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe 1843
The Pit and the Pendulum Edgar Allan Poe 1843
The Premature Burial Edgar Allan Poe 1844
The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe 1846
Little Red Riding Hood Brothers Grimm 1857
  • In 720, Quentin mentions the Big Bad Wolf, the antagonist of this fairy tale.
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 1886
The Monkey's Paw W. W. Jacobs 1902
The Dunwich Horror H. P. Lovecraft 1929
  • The character of Jeb Hawkes parallels Wilbur Whateley, except instead of being twin brothers, one human, one non-human, these two are different forms of the same being.
History of the Necronomicon H. P. Lovecraft 1938
The Haunter of the Dark H. P. Lovecraft 1939
  • The opening of the Leviathan Box in 891, parallels the opening of the Shining Trapazohedron box.
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H. P. Lovecraft 1941
The Shuttered Room H. P. Lovecraft 1959
The Lottery Shirley Jackson 1948

Films Edit

Title Director Year Description
Dracula Tod Browning 1931
The Mummy Karl Freund 1932
  • Barnabas Collins attempt to recreate Josette Collins, specifically with Maggie Evans from 221 to 261 parallels this film in which, risen from the grave, a walking corpse of a man obsesses on a woman who was the reincarnation of his great lost love.
Werewolf of London Stuart Walker 1935
  • Chris Jennings attempted cure in 943 and 944 parallels this film in which a werewolf hopes to find a cure by seeking the mysterious moon poppy.
Rebecca Alfred Hitchcock 1940
The Wolf Man George Waggner 1941
The Uninvited Lewis Allen 1944
  • The premise of the series, the characters of Roger Collins and Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, and the ghost of Josette Collins parallels this film in which a brother and sister live in a great mansion on a cliffside by the sea. They are haunted by mysterious and sad female ghost who's presence was felt by the scent of lilacs.
  • The ghost of Hallie Stokes in 1995 is accompanied by the scent of lilacs.
House of Dracula Erle C. Kenton 1945
The Undead Roger Corman 1957
  • Victoria Winters journey to the year 1795 where she falls victim to the machinations of witch Angelique Bouchard parallels this film in which a woman makes a mysterious journey into the past where she is framed for black magic by a jealous witch. After returning to the present, no one believes her.
The Return of Dracula Paul Landres 1958
  • Vampire Barnabas Collins arrives at Collinwood claiming to be a cousin from England parallels this film in which a vampire arrives and insinuates himself on a family as a lost relative from Europe.
The Thing That Couldn't Die Will Cowan 1958
  • The disembodied head of Judah Zachery, specifically 1117 to 1131, parallels this film in which a powerful warlock's head is found in a box and it takes possession of the living to help him find his lost body.
Dracula (1958) Terence Fisher 1958
  • In 560, vampire Angelique meets Joe Haskell in the same manner as Dracula's Bride meets Harker. In 631, Barnabas battles the vampire Tom Jennings by making a cross with candlesticks and forcing him into the light, just as Van Helsing does to Dracula in this movie.

Stage plays Edit

Title Author Year Description
Richard III William Shakespeare 1592
  • In 11, Sam Evans declares: "Drink!, drink!, my kingdom for a drink!", which recalls the following line from this historical play: "A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!"
Hamlet William Shakespeare 1602
Gas Light Patrick Hamilton 1938
  • The subplot of Nathan Forbes driving Millicent Collins insane during the '1795' storyline is inspired by this play. In that story, the protaganist keeps hiding items from small paintings to jewelry and watches making the heroine believe she's stealing losing these items. He tries to convince her that she is not actually hearing noises coming from the attic which is actually him at night looking for jewels hidden in the house. He then tries the same, "don't get so excited," routine with her to make her think she's acting hysterical when she is acting normal, causing her to doubt her own perception of the situation.
The Crucible Arthur Miller 1952

Poetry Edit

Title Author Year Description
There is a Lady Sweet and Kind Thomas Ford 1607
  • In 904, Carolyn Stoddard reads an extract from this poem, "her" is changed to "him" for its use in this episode.
I Do Not Like Thee, Doctor Fell Tom Brown 1680
The Spider and the Fly Mary Howitt 1829
Sonnets from the Portuguese Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1850
  • In 542, Adam reads a poem from this collection to Carolyn. Although in the real world the poem is untitled, in this episode it is referred to as The Tears of Two, derived from its last line: "And sees within my eyes the tears of two".
Dover Beach Matthew Arnold 1851
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Edward Fitzgerald 1859
  • In 166, Carolyn quotes from this poem.
Little Orphant Annie James Whitcomb Riley 1885
Eve Ralph Hodgson 1913
The Raven Edgar Allan Poe 1845

Music Edit

Title Artist Year Description
London Bridge is Falling Down n/a 1744
Rock-a-bye Baby n/a 1765
  • Amy sings this nursery rhyme in 683.
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1784
Fantasy and Fugue in F Minor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1789
A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns 1794
Dies Irae Hector Berlioz 1830
  • In 541, Nicholas Blair switches the tapes in the recorder with this music. Also known as "Judgment Day", from the finale of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.
Prelude in C Minor, Op. 28 No. 20 Frederic Chopin 1839
Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52 Frederic Chopin 1843
Inchworm Frank Loesser 1952
She's a Woman The Beatles 1964
  • In 207, an instrumental version of this song plays at the Blue Whale.
Michelle The Beatles 1965
  • In 156, an instrumental version of this ballad plays at the Blue Whale.
Yesterday The Beatles 1965
  • In 156, an instrumental version of this song plays at the Blue Whale.
A Man and a Woman Francis Lai 1966
All the Pretty Horses n/a n/a
Drunken Sailor n/a n/a
  • In 85, Bill Malloy's favorite song was said to be this sea shanty. His ghost sings to when he appears to Victoria.
  • Joe sings it in 87.
Hungarian Folk Music n/a n/a
  • In 841, Hungarian folk music is heard while Count Petofi is in the I-Ching.
Unidentified songs n/a n/a
  • In 924, Sky Rumson mentions the popular songs "Love at First Sight" and "It Only Takes a Moment" when talking about his love for Angelique.

Mythology Edit

Title Description
  • The character of Amanda Harris is partly based on Galatea from this Greek mythological tale.
Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Quentin Collins and Amanda Harris' journey through the hellish realm of Mr. Best in 932 to 934 is based on this Greek mythological tale in which Orpheus attempts to rescue Eurydice from Hades.
Trojan Horse
  • In 11, Sam Evans mentions the Trojan Horse of Greek mythology.
The Bible
Robin Hood
Blue Beard
  • In 334, Victoria likens David to the character of Sister Ann from French literary folktale Blue Beard.
  • In 684, the wild dog that guards the gates of hell in Greek and Roman mythology, is mentioned.
  • In 838, Count Petofi mentions a nymph that talked too much. She made the gods angry and they were forced to deal with her, much to her eternal sorrow.

People of the real world Edit

Subject Description
Elizabeth Bathory
  • In 575, Angelique thinks Countess Bathroy was a vile woman.
Sarah Bernhardt
Lucrezia Borgia
Aristide Bruant
Joseph Conrad
  • In 87, Joe Haskell tells a story and is then told by Maggie that it sounds like a story from this Polish author.
Robert Dunn
Harold Farnese
  • In 896, A quote often attributed to H.P. Lovecraft, but in fact by this correspondent of Lovecraft, reads:
    "All my stories, unconnected as they may be, are based on the fundamental lore or legend that this world was inhabited at one time by another race who, in practicing black magic, lost their foothold and were expelled, yet live on outside, ever ready to take possession of this earth again."
    • This idea is echoed in this episode when David reads from the Leviathan book:
      "And then those who have been hidden so long shall rise and show themselves and the others will know their time is ended and the time of the people of the Leviathan will begin."
W. C. Fields
  • In 677, Chris Jennings impersonates this American entertainer when he jokes about carbonated grape soda from the vineyards of France; and in 684, while having champagne with Carolyn.
Ulysses S. Grant
Robert E. Lee
Jenny Lind
  • In 916, Quentin likens Olivia Corey to this Swedish opera singer from the 19th century.
Herman Melville
Catherine of Russia

Other Edit

Title Author Year Description
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy James Howell 1659
  • In 948, Jeb Hawkes' line "All work and no play make Philip a dull boy" is a variation on this proverb.
  • It was later made famous by the 1980 horror film The Shining.
The Federalist Papers Alexander Hamilton
James Madison
John Jay
French Revolution n/a 1789
American Civil War n/a 1861
Raggedy Ann Johnny Gruelle 1918
Lil Abner Al Capp 1934
  • In 43, Maggie Evans mentions a cartoon character with a permanent cloud over his head. This would appear to refer to the character of Joe Btfsplk from this satirical American comic strip.
America Sails the Seas John O'Hara Cosgrave 1962
  • In 6, Victoria reads this non-fiction book.
Astrology Louis McNeice 1964
  • In 1081, Carolyn reads this non-fiction book.
Apollo 11 n/a 1969
  • In 890, Philip Todd references the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon. This would have been quite topical at the time as the first manned mission took place four months previous to this episode being broadcast.
Anonymous individuals n/a n/a
  • In 715, Rachel Drummond quotes an unnamed philosopher: "you must not look to the past, but to the hour ahead of us".
  • In 811, Edward Collins quotes an unnamed poet: "a son is a man's investment in the future".
Gothic / Mystery novels n/a n/a
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