New Book Details Inspiration for the Latest Tim Burton, Johnny Depp Film

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Authors R. J. Jamison and Craig Hamrick profile the cult-classic TV Show, “Dark Shadows”

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This May, Tim Burton – director of such hits as “Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “Batman” – will reintroduce audiences to “Dark Shadows” with his film adaptation of the popular Gothic soap opera of the same name from the late ’60 and early ’70s. Gearing up for the new movie, author R. J. Jamison delivers “Barnabas & Company: 2nd Edition” (published by iUniverse), an updated edition written in collaboration with the late Craig Hamrick, covering all things “Dark Shadows,” including in-depth actor profiles of the core cast of the television show along with fun behind-the-scenes facts and trivia.

In the new film, Johnny Depp, known for his off-beat and experimental performances, plays Barnabas Collins, an aristocratic man who, cursed as an immortal undead in the 1700s, awakens in New England in the 1970s after being buried for roughly 200 years. “Barnabas & Company” acquaints readers with Depp’s inspiration for the role, offering amusing tidbits about the original actor, Jonathan Frid, and his fellow actors and actresses – including Kate Jackson (“Charlie’s Angels”), David Selby (“Social Network, “Falcon Crest”) and Harvey Keitel (“The Piano”, “The Bad Lieutenant”, “Pulp Fiction”) – who gave the beloved show such a lasting appeal.

Frid, along with many of the other core cast members – David Selby, Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott – make cameos in the new film. Now readers seeing the new movie can impress their friends and fellow moviegoers with expert knowledge of the actors and the story of the five-year show that sparked a cultural phenomenon and cult following for decades.

About the Author
Craig Hamrick, a writer who covered the television industry for many years, was featured throughout his career in TV Guide, Soap Opera Weekly,,, and Hamrick worked with many people in show business, writing and editing books and biographies, designing websites and producing cabaret shows. Hamrick, a Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism, grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas. In New York City, he worked as a freelance writer, editor and photographer for clients including Time Inc., Scholastic Press, CNET Networks, Penguin USA, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Hamrick passed away from colon cancer in 2006.

R. J. Jamison authored the 2006 biography of 1964 Oscar nominee and Dark Shadows lead actress Grayson Hall. She has written technical and biographical articles for various venues. She grew up in Russell, Kansas and attended McPherson College before living in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, California and New York City.

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