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1897 (negated time-line)
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Shot by Beth Chavez (negated time-line)
Maine, New England, USA
Geoffrey Collins (Father)
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This article is about Quentin Collins who was born in the 1870s and was still alive in 1995. For his great-uncle see Quentin Collins (1840). His Parallel Time equivalent was Quentin Collins (1970 PT) and his great uncle in Parallel Time was represented by Quentin Collins (1841 PT)
Quentin was evidently named after an ancestor, his great-uncle Quentin. This makes him one of the very few cases in the Collins family where a name was actually repeated across the generations (despite claims to the contrary by Barnabas Collins).
Childhood and Marriage
Quentin Collins was born 1870, in the town of Collinsport, Maine, as the fourth and youngest son of the next-in-line patriarch of the Collins family estate, Geoffrey Collins (1835-1881) and his mistress, Anna Collins (1838-1872). His mother died in a boating accident, when he was two years old. He had a lonely childhood. His father, Geoffrey was a strict and god fearing man, who was very distant with his each of his children. (864) Geoffrey Collins died in 1881, when Quentin was just eleven years old. Edith raised him after his fathers’ death. According to Edith, Quentin was the black sheep of the Collins’ family, since he was a child. (704) In his late teens, he became acquainted with a lawyer named Evan Hanley, who taught him about the occult. Edith grew suspicious about Hanley, when she saw him and Quentin practicing the occult together while she stopped by his room. Edith called Hanley a “Shyster”.
Quentin married Jenny Collins in the early 1890s. Jenny had fallen desperately in love with Quentin and hid her gypsy heritage from him. (She was actually the sister of Magda Rakosi who lived in the Old House.)
In 1896, Quentin had an extramarital affair with Edward's wife, Laura Collins. She fled Collinwood with him to Alexandria, Egypt. There, Quentin, working as a spy for the Egyptian police, turned her over to a cult which chose her as a human sacrifice. Had he not offered her, he would have been chosen (732).
Unknown to Quentin, Jenny was pregnant at the time of his departure from Collinwood. While he was away she gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. Edward and Judith Collins arranged for the children to be taken away, and the loss drove Jenny insane.
Return From Collinwood
In 1897, Quentin returned to Collinwood after Jamison Collins convinced Edith Collins to allow him to return. After Edith died, he conspired with Evan Hanley to get Sandor Rakosi to edit Edith's will to leave him the entire fortune instead of just leaving him a place to live in Collinwood as long as he wanted.
When Jenny Collins escaped from her room at Collinwood, she saw Quentin and Beth kissing. Jenny tried to kill them, but Quentin strangled her to death. When Edward Collins told Magda about the accident, she went to see her sister's body. Magda found a button from Quentin's Jacket in Jenny's hand and knew that Quentin had killed her. Magda then placed a curse on Quentin. The curse would change Quentin and the first-born male of each generation of his descendants into werewolves (763). That night, Quentin transformed into a werewolf and brutally murdered a teacher at Worthington Hall. For the next few months, Quentin transformed into a werewolf and terrorized Collinsport, killing several of the villagers. Every morning, Quentin would be haunted by the ghosts of his slaughtered victims. This nearly drove him insane.
Beth revealed to Magda that Jenny had borne Quentin's children - and therefore Magda had cursed her own kin when she cursed Quentin. Magda tried everything she could to take the werewolf curse off of him. One day, she stole the magical hand of Count Petofi, who had been an extremely powerful warlock who had also suffered the curse of the werewolf. When Magda and Quentin performed a ceremony to remove the curse, they lost control and the Hand nearly killed him. However, Quentin transformed into a werewolf and ran out of the room.
The werewolf killed many people who were hunting for him but eventually got stuck in a bear trap. The werewolf was then taken to the Collinsport jail were he struggled to break free. When the dawn came, the werewolf transformed into Quentin, but he was not identified because he was deformed from the Hand.
Quentin then roamed the woods and countryside, transforming into a werewolf when the moon rose and killing people much more brutally than before. When the deformed Quentin finally came to his senses, he stole the Hand from his friend Evan Hanley. Quentin was later captured by a mysterious stranger named Aristede, who claimed that he knew his secret. It turned out that Aristede was working for Count Petofi himself! When Petofi arrived in Collinsport to reclaim his hand, Quentin had restored his face. When Quentin transformed into a werewolf, he nearly killed Aristede. But he was stopped by Petofi, who seemed to have some kind of control over the werewolf, and tricked him into being kidnapped.
Quentin later escaped from the place where Petofi was holding him, and tried his best to destroy him. He joined forces with Magda, Together, they tried to destroy Petofi countless times, but each attempt failed because Petofi had reclaimed the Hand. Petofi eventually brought a painter named Charles Delaware Tate to Collinsport and had him paint a portrait of Quentin. When Charity Trask witnessed Quentin transform into the werewolf and maul a girl from the village, she began to believe that she was a woman named Pansy Faye. When Quentin's portrait was finished, he found that the portrait transformed into a werewolf and he did not. The portrait also aged while he did not, rendering Quentin effectively immortal.
Quentin's happiness from having his curse transferred to his portrait was short-lived when he discovered that Charity Trask, possessed by Pansy Faye, prophesied that he would be murdered on September 10th, 1897. Quentin found out that not only would he be murdered, but that Jamison would turn against him (837); Quentin made up to Jamison. He later had a mind switch with Count Petofi but was able to reverse it. Eventually, he left Collinsport to meet with Amanda Harris in New York, but something happened and they were never together.
In 1899, while still in New York, he became deeply emotionally involved with a woman named Caitlin and her children, but the relationship ended tragically (The Skin Walkers).
What happened to Quentin afterwards over the following decades is for the most part unknown, but he was known to be in Chicago in 1929 (Blood Dance), London in both 1906 and 1941 during the Blitz (London's Burning, The Creeping Fog), and Los Angeles in 1958 (The Missing Reel). It is rumoured that he was recruited (albeit unwillingly) by the British Secret Service for a special mission into Nazi Germany involving a mysterious Professor Moloch (Operation Victor). Eventually, he and Amanda reunited on the set for a movie about Collinwood but were separated when a witch trapped him in a gramophone (The Darkest Shadow). After a woman called Barbara Douglas helped him escape, he lost all memory of his life, and assumed the identity of Barbara's dead husband, Grant (The Haunted Refrain).
Return to Collinsport
In 1969, Quentin appeared in Collinsport, using the name of Grant Douglas. After visiting the Todds' antique shop in Collinsport, he was hit by a car that Barnabas was driving and lost his memory (905). As he recovered, Quentin believed that his name truly was Grant Douglas. Julia Hoffman and an actress named Olivia Corey tried the best they could to help Grant get his memory back. Unknown to Grant and Julia, Olivia was an alias of his lover, Amanda Harris.
Julia discovered that Charles Delaware Tate was still alive in 1969. Chris Jennings (Quentin's own great-grandson) and Grant went to see him, hoping to persuade the painter to create another magical portrait that would remove Chris' own werewolf curse, inherited from Grant/Quentin. This proved unsuccessful (as Count Petofi had been instrumental in imbuing the portrait with its mystical abilities), and Chris transformed into the werewolf and killed Tate. He would have also killed Grant if he had not been scared away when Grant defended himself with a silver candlestick. When Grant told Julia this, she knew that only Quentin Collins would know that werewolves are afraid of silver, having been a werewolf himself. Julia then found that Quentin's portrait (now hidden under a landscape painting) was in the hands of a wealthy man named Sky Rumson, Angelique's latest husband (who was unaware of her witchcraft). Angelique gave Julia the portrait on the condition she (Angelique) would not be involved in subsequent events, and she arranged for its restoration. When she showed it to Grant, his memory was restored.
Quentin's happiness was short-lived when his lover, Amanda Harris, was taken away by a stranger named Mr. Best. Mr. Best turned out to be a manifestation of Death himself, and brought her to the land of the dead. Desperate for Amanda's love, Quentin made a deal with Death to bring Amanda back to the land of the living. However, he was unable to uphold his part of the bargain, and he lost her forever.
Quentin eventually moved on from Amanda and helped Barnabas, Julia, and Chris fight (and eventually defeat) an ancient race called the Leviathans.
In 1982, following another period of traveling, Quentin returned to Collinsport where he encountered the villainous Strix (The House of Despair).
In the TV Guide article written by Dark Shadows head writer Sam Hall revealing the outline the show would've taken had it not been cancelled sooner than expected, Quentin resumed his wanderings in an attempt to find a permanent solution to his lycanthropy, knowing he could not destroy his portrait without becoming a werewolf again. Although often tempted to return to Collinsport, destroy the portrait and then commit suicide before the next full moon triggered a transformation, he did not; he had heard rumors of Count Petofi's survival and continued to search for him in the hope the Count could help him.
In the 2003 audio play Return to Collinwood, Quentin returns to Collinwood after unsuccessfully searching for David in South America. He became Maggie Evans' boyfriend. Their romance is explored further in the Big Finish miniseries, Maggie & Quentin - The Lovers' Refrain.
Quentin married Jenny Collins in the 1890s and she bore his two children. Quentin was unaware of her gypsy origins until after her death.
He had an affair with his sister-in-law, Laura Collins, that ended in tragedy.
In 1897, Quentin met and fell in love with Amanda Harris, a beautiful woman with no past. She was pursued at the same time by Tim Shaw, Charles Delaware Tate and others, although she truly loved Quentin more than anyone. He pursued her even beyond the grave but eventually lost her in a battle against Death (932).
He later reappeared in the 20th century using the name Grant Douglas. He met and charmed Carolyn Stoddard, who was still on the rebound from Chris Jennings (Quentin's own great-grandson!). Their relationship soon turned to a warm friendship.
Angelique briefly orchestrated a romance between himself and Maggie Evans, but it did not last.
In 1970, he became obsessed with the beautiful spirit of Daphne Harridge.
Background information and notes
- Although his son's name was never officially revealed, Quentin referred to him as "another Quentin Collins" implying that his name may have also been Quentin.
- Although Quentin is first seen in episode 646 (as a ghost), his voice isn't heard until an off-screen laugh in 689. He has no actual dialogue until episode 701.
- During the Count Petofi storyline, the Count switches his mind with that of Quentin; during that time Quentin was played by Thayer David and Petofi by David Selby.
- According to Sam Hall's article Quentin never destroyed his portrait because he would again become a werewolf. Yet surely if he destroyed the portrait, his chronological age would catch up with him and he would die on the spot? He was a hundred years old when the series ended, and over 130 years old in Return to Collinwood.
- Quentin is based on the character of Peter Quint from Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, as well as the title character from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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