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Dark Shadows: The Wicked And The Dead by Eric Wallace

01/07/2012. Contributed by Sue Davies

Buy Dark Shadows: The Wicked And The Dead in the USA - or Buy Dark Shadows: The Wicked And The Dead in the UK

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pub: Big Finish. 1 CD 60 minute story. Price: CD: 9.99 (UK), Download: 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-382-8)cast: Jerry Lacy and John Karlen.

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Reverend Trask (Jerry Lacey) has been a very naughty boy. So much so that his wife, Judith Collins, has taken a quick course in bricklaying and walled him up in Quentin Collins' old room. Got to love those makeover shows.

Whilst contemplating his end and why his righteous life has brought him to this, he is startled by the ghost of Carl Collins (John Carlin) who puts him straight on a few things. Trask recounts his life story sharing the growing realisation that his virtuous behaviour is a sham and his nightmare will never end.

Both actors originally took these roles in the TV series and the obviously relish bring them back to life and death. Although the subject matter is dark, we vicariously enjoy Trask's revelations and dawning self-awareness. This story, 'The Wicked And The Dead', sums up what 'Dark Shadows' audios offer to the listener. More or less a one man play with interjections occasionally, we rely on the powerful voice music of Jerry Lacey to keep us enthralled throughout. Backed up by a soundscape of music and effects, 'The Wicked And The Dead' is a truly spooky story. Don't expect a happy ending.

Sue Davies

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