The Collinsport Call

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Zine
Title: The Collinsport Call
Publisher:
Editor(s): Jeff Arsenault at first, in 1983 it was Joe Collins
Type: newsletter out of Rhode Island
Date(s): 1977-1985 (perhaps ended a bit later)
Frequency:
Medium: print
Fandom: Dark Shadows
Language: English
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The Collinsport Call is a Dark Shadows zine of art, reviews, fiction, reports, latest news, photos, and more.

1983 flyer, announcing its new co-editor and "re-vamped" style

"Dues" were $3.60 a year. Another ad says that "membership" was $4.50, so this appears to be a club zine.

There at least 25 issues.

Descriptions from Ads

From an ad in The World of Dark Shadows #31: "A two century old vampire is torn between a weakness for love and a lust for blood. A disfigured ghost haunts the inhabitants of an old mansion. A beautiful blond witch inflicts death and destruction in her quest for the love of one man. A contemporary doctor probes new dimensions of the supernatural."

From an ad in The World of Dark Shadows #37, a change in leadership: "THE COLLINSPORT CALL is back on a quarterly schedule! This re-vamped publication which originated in 1977, is back in a new up-dated form bringing you many of the zine's original features, as well as new surprises."

Issue 1

The Collinsport Call 1 was published in September 1977 and contains 16 pages.

  • the editor had planned on a quarterly zine, but thinks bi-monthly might work
  • "Caught in the Dark Shadows," to be continued, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault (2)
  • latest news (9)
  • transcript (partial) of Grayson Hall's first Dark Shadows episode (10)

Issue 2

The Collinsport Call 2 was published in November/December 1977 and contains 16 pages.

  • Washington: Behind Closed Doors (the Dark Shadows reunion) (1, continued on page 15)
  • a con report by Sandy Smith, The San Diego "DS' Convention, ShadowCon (1)
  • "Caught in the Dark Shadows," to be continued, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault (4)
  • some movie reviews (9)
  • transcript (partial) of Grayson Hall's first Dark Shadows episode (10)
  • latest news (14)

Issue 3

The Collinsport Call 3 was published in January/February 1978 and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #3
  • "Caught in the Dark Shadows," to be continued, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault (2)
  • a trivia quiz that was given at ShadowCon in San Diego, answers in the next issue (11)
  • a report of an old movie set (14)


Issue 4

The Collinsport Call 4 was published in March/April and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #4
  • an article about Joan Bennett, by Jeffrey Arsenault (2)
  • poem, "Elizabeth" by Ann Longmore (4)
  • answers to trivia quiz in the last issue (4)
  • poem, "The Secret Subscriber," by Susan Wyllie (5)
  • "Caught in the Dark Shadows," to be continued, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault (6)
  • news and book reviews (14)
  • poem, "Dark Shadows," by Linda Matt (15)


Issue 5

The Collinsport Call 5 was published in May/June 1978 and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #5
  • information on ShadowCon #2
  • art by Francis Arsenault, Mary Carol James, Julie Waters, Susan Wyllie
  • reprint of an article in The Sunday Ledger-Enquirer from September 11, 1977, out of Georgia, about Dark Shadows fan clubs (3)
  • "Caught in the Dark Shadows," to be continued, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault (5)
  • latest news and ads (13)


Issue 6

The Collinsport Call 6 was published in July/August 1978 and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #6
  • "Caught in the Dark Shadows," to be continued, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault
  • other unknown information


Issue 7

The Collinsport Call 7 was published in September/October 1978 and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #7
  • editorial (2)
  • a con report by Sandy Smith for ShadowCon #2, July 1-4, 1978 (3)
  • "Caught in the Dark Shadows," to be continued, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault (6)
  • an article reprint called "Once Upon a Time There Was a Vampire," from "Monsters of the Movies" v.1, n.8, August 1975 (17)


Issue 8

The Collinsport Call 8 was published in November/December 1978 and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #8, Susan Wyllie
  • art by Mary Carol Jones, Susan Wyllie, Jeff Arsenault
  • "Caught in the Dark Shadows," to be continued, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault (3)
  • a bio of Kate Jackson, by the editor (6)
  • an obit for David Thayer
  • an interview with Denise reprinted in "Tiger Beat"
  • a reprinted interview with David Frid


Issue 9

The Collinsport Call 9 was published in January/February and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #9
  • a ShadowCon #2 con report by Sharon Mietzner
  • The Time of the Living Dead, poem by Susan Wyllie
  • "Caught in the Dark Shadows," to be continued, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault
  • a crossword puzzle
  • conclusion of the reprinted David Frid interview


Issue 10

The Collinsport Call 10 was published in March/April 1979 and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #10
  • "Caught in the Dark Shadows," to be continued, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault
  • The Dream of Barnabas Collins, poem by Susan Wyllie
  • a review of the movie "Seizure"
  • crossword puzzle answers
  • The Hope, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenaut, to be continued


Issue 11

The Collinsport Call 11

  • unknown content

Issue 12

The Collinsport Call 12

  • unknown content

Issue 13

The Collinsport Call 13

  • unknown content

Issue 14

The Collinsport Call 14 was published in November/December 1979 and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #14
  • crossword puzzle
  • Caught in the Dark Shadows, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault, to be continued
  • news
  • Dark Shadows, poem by Linda Matt
  • a con report for The Fifth World Fantasy Convention
  • a full-page flyer for ShadowCon #4


Issue 15

The Collinsport Call 15 was published in January/February 1980 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #15
  • con report by Marcy Robin for ShadowCon #3
  • Caught in the Dark Shadows, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault, to be continued


Issue 16

The Collinsport Call 16 was published in March/April 1980 and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #16, Susan Wyllie
  • The Man from Yalobusha County, a bio of Donald Briscoe, by Jeff Arsenault
  • Caught in the Dark Shadows, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault, to be continued


Issue 17

The Collinsport Call 17 was published in Summer 1981 and contains 10 pages. The editor apologizes for this issue being over a year late.

cover of issue #17
  • Memory of an Autumn's Eve, play review
  • news
  • Lost Souls, fiction by Marcy Robin


Issue 18

The Collinsport Call 18 was published in Spring 1982 and contains 20 pages. This issue has a back cover illo, something that starts with #18.

front cover of issue #18
back cover of issue #18
  • an interview with Grayson Hall, conducted by the editor of this zine
  • Caught in the Dark Shadows, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault, to be continued


Issue 19

The Collinsport Call 19 was published in February 1983 and contains 20 pages.

front cover of issue #19
back cover of issue #19
  • news
  • Caught in the Dark Shadows, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault, to be continued
  • Julia's Lament, poem by Melody C.
  • Blind Date, fiction by Susan Wyllie


Issue 20/21

The Collinsport Call 20/21 was published in January 1984 and contains 28 pages. Jeffrey Arsenault steps down as main editor, and Joseph Collins takes over.

front cover of issue #20/21
back cover of issue #20/21
  • Awakening, fiction by Marcy Robin
  • A Question of Conscience, fiction by John M. Taft
  • a con report for Dark Shadows Festival, (East Coast, 1983)
  • Caught in the Dark Shadows, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault, to be continued
  • Myths and Legends, article by Susan Wyllie (The Origin of Superstitions)
  • Vampirism in "The Hunger," article by Banks Indornto


Issue 22

The Collinsport Call 22 was published in July/September 1984 and contains 20 pages. The new editor says he wants to keep on a quarterly schedule, apologizes for this issue's lateness. There is no back cover illo.

cover of issue #22, "Guardian Horse" by B.A. Dennison
  • Objective Observer, fiction by Marcy Robin
  • Double Epilogue, fiction by Mark Hardy
  • Caught in the Dark Shadows, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault, to be continued
  • Guardian Horse, non-Dark Shadows fiction by B.A. Dennison
  • Intimate Wind, poem by Melody C.
  • A Meeting with Joan Bennett by Janet Fanale
  • a Dark Shadows cryptogram by Susan Wyllie
  • a full-page flyer for Dark Shadows Festival, November 9-11 1984 in New Jersey


Issue 23/34

The Collinsport Call 23/34 was published in October 1984/March 1985 and contains 26 pages. Jeffrey Arsenault is back as main editor, Joseph Collins as assistant.

front cover of issue #23/24
back cover of issue #23/24
  • a Dark Shadows Festival con report by Jeff Thompson
  • Another Day, poem by Ann Longmore
  • Caught in the Dark Shadows, fiction by Jeffrey Arsenault, to be continued
  • word search
  • an "official report" from Dark Shadows Festival
  • a word search