Lara Parker, whose real name is Lamar Rickey Hawkins, played the role of Angelique on Dark Shadows. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, attended Vassar College, majored in Drama at the University of Iowa, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University at Los Angeles. She lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband and daughter. For more information, please visit

TV Tie-in – Blessing or Curse?

by Lara Parker

Now that my third Dark Shadows novel, Wolf Moon Rising, will be in bookstores August 20 and I have an actual trilogy, I have been mulling over the rewards and frustrations of writing books based on a beloved TV series. The plus is publication–a rare gift for a new writer-along with a loyal fan base eager to devour another chapter of the saga. The dilemma is that it is hard to be taken seriously as a novelist when the settings and the characters are not considered original.
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In episode 121 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks a panel of guests and SF Signal Irregulars:

Q: Which movies are you looking forward to seeing this summer?

This week’s panel:

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