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Author has written 8 stories for Dark Shadows.

I adopted the name Mad Margaret from a delightful character in Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta, Ruddigore. Margaret has been driven batshit crazy over her love of the evil Sir Despard Murgatroyd and lives in an old graveyard, singing to flowers as she plots the downfall of her imagined rival, Rose Maybud.

I, on the other hand, live in a large, messy house in Bucks County, PA, with one husband, two daughters and two cats. I work as a professional writer, actor, singer, director and acting teacher. When I don't want to change out of my pajamas, I write articles for The Collinsport Historical Society, their publication Monster Serial, and Americans Against the Tea Party, do some graphic design, edit video and audio projects. I love old horror movies and musicals and horror musicals, especially if cannibalism is involved. Shakespeare, Sondheim, Monty Python, Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, Hitchcock, Shirley Temple (not sure how she got in there). As a kid I watched Dark Shadows, the Monkees and old movie musicals faithfully.

Then I write Dark Shadows Fan Fiction. One brief parody on "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and the seven-installment Willie Loomis World Series, based on my favorite character.

A few years ago I made the acquaintance of a mutual friend of John Karlen, and she gave me his contact information. I wrote John a four page letter about how much I admired his work and sent it along with a red baseball cap with a Polish flag on it. A few days later he called to thank me and I became friends with both him and his son, Adam. August 2013 I flew to LA to visit them and do a podcast interview for Collinsport Historical Society. John, Adam and I continue to keep in touch by phone.

Since then I have done other similar interviews with Sharon Lentz, Christopher Pennock and James Storm, always over a meal or drinks.

My series follows the basic plot line but not exactly. It's how I would have conceived the story, given the opportunity and there are definite diversions. First off, Willie is born in 1956, so the time period is altered.

Prequels Little Willie (#1) and Globetrotters (#2) cover the character's early childhood, young adulthood and world travels with his partner Jason McGuire. In The Maine Event (#3) The pair hit Collinsport and create havoc. Changes (#4) finds Willie hanging out in a vampire's mausoleum for 6 days before they move to This Old House (#5). There vampire Barnabas pursues his hobbies of brainwashing and kidnapping women. (#6) Interlude Introduces Dr. Hoffman who seems to have the answers for Barnabas' problems, but they're not always successful. So Julia implements Plan B in (#7) Haplessly Ever After, which interferes with Willie's efforts to create a normal life for himself.

The series is in the process of a rewrite at present, nothing major, just to clean up some sloppy phrasing and typos. These changes may not appear at the other sites where these stories are published:

Archive of our Own and at Live Journal(with screencaps from the show, courtesy of Sara Monster at Willie Loomis Saves Collinsport website.)

I hope you enjoy my stories. Feel free to leave any comments in the review section; they're always appreciated, and visit me at Facebook or Tumblr.

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Plague by sanpan reviews
1795. Disillusioned Julia Hoffman meets broken nobleman, Barnabas Collins. The story of a tired woman, her cursed town, and a sad monster. Because in the end, there is only one thing to be feared: the living. Update- The plague is here, Loomis' day gets worse, Julia meets the demon, and Barnabas finally has his reckoning with Chanson.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 20 - Words: 44,524 - Reviews: 41 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 5/14 - Published: 5/13/2013
Stand Fast and Damn the Devil by Osheen Nevoy reviews
AU. Bill Malloy has narrowly escaped being murdered, and is now married to the woman of his dreams. "For better or for worse" in this case includes ghosts, family curses, and time travel. Chapter 16: The bewitched lovers return to Collins House, where tragedy awaits them.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 16 - Words: 197,215 - Reviews: 147 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 4/14 - Published: 12/30/2013
This Old House by mad margaret reviews
Part 5 (of 7) in the Willie Loomis World Series, sequel to "Changes." Willie Loomis lives in a haunted mansion and works for a scary vampire named Barnabas Collins, who likes to kidnap and brainwash women for bizarre role-playing games. Barnabas/Maggie/Willie.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Horror/Humor - Chapters: 18 - Words: 42,488 - Reviews: 204 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 4/10 - Published: 11/16/2012 - Complete
Dark Secrets in the Shadows by Jo A Curl reviews
Barn/Vicki pairing. Many secrets are kept in Collinwood and the Old House and many secrets are about to be revealed, some will have surprising consequences and some will fester and explode into more than the residents had expected. Will the Collins family be able to weather the telling truths or will this be the end of all those that live under the roof known as Collinwood.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Romance - Chapters: 29 - Words: 122,219 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 3/10 - Published: 12/8/2014 - Complete
Playground of Shadows by Mina225 reviews
This is the forth installment in our Willie Loomis series. O/C Willie has the perfect family, a country away from Collinsport and Barnabas Collins. But that can only last for so long when their little daughter becomes the critical piece in a dark puzzle. This story features Willie, O/C Abigail, Barnabas, Angelique, Dr. Hoffman, and a cast of others.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Horror/Suspense - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,520 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/26 - Published: 12/17/2014
Changes by mad margaret reviews
Willie Loomis, you just unleashed an evil, undead monster. What are you going to do now? Find out what happened to Collinsport's bad boy when he disappeared for several days and came back a changed man. Part 4 of the (seven part) Willie Loomis World Series.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Horror/Humor - Chapters: 6 - Words: 15,109 - Reviews: 47 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/16 - Published: 10/25/2012 - Complete
The Maine Event by mad margaret reviews
Part 3 of the Willie Loomis World Series, this is a sequel to Globetrotters and Little Willie. Featuring Willie, Jason and the whole gang, including the guy in the portrait. The story finally hits Canon when Willie arrives in Collinsport, looking for trouble. And he finds it. Everywhere. Willie proves that it just may be possible to remain drunk for an entire story.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 11,134 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 1/1 - Published: 10/14/2012 - Complete
Return to Collinwood by Mina225 reviews
This is the third installment in the Willie / Barnabas series and is the sequel to "Restoration". This story features Willie / Barnabas and OC Abigail and introduces Angelique. This story is complete! I am currently working on the next story in the series. Hope to publish the first chapter sometime in December.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Horror/Supernatural - Chapters: 46 - Words: 159,464 - Reviews: 136 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 8/18/2014 - Published: 1/9/2013 - Complete
The Bicentennial by katieyoung1960 reviews
This is the first chapter in a novel length story, that sees the now 30 year old, Victoria Winters returning home to Collinwood from her first year at university. . Barnabas starts us off by describing the year that Victoria has been away, her homecoming and their burgeoning romance... As always, all Dark Shadows material is the sole property of Dan Curtis.
Dark Shadows - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 7,492 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 6/8/2014 - Published: 5/4/2014
Collinsport High by sanpan reviews
Victoria Winters has never been in a real high school before, much less a big one. She might even have friends for once in her life. But school is a wild place and Victoria's got a lot to learn.
Dark Shadows - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 624 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/11/2013 - Complete
Restoration by Mina225 reviews
This continues the story of Willie and Barnabas (The first story is 'The Beginning" ) Willie continues to find himself in the clutches of Barnabas Collins ( Evil vampire extraordinaire) and finds himself forced into a relationship that he cannot protect. I do not own the Willie / Barnabas characters. A/N: The sequel to this story has begun, Return to Collinwood.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Horror/Supernatural - Chapters: 25 - Words: 68,295 - Reviews: 59 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 12/25/2012 - Published: 10/17/2012 - Complete
The Beginning by Mina225 reviews
What happened to Willie Loomis during those few days that we went missing ? This is a story about those missing days from the original series circa 1967 and explores what might have happened to poor Willie. I guess I should state that I don't own any of these characters all belong to Dan Curtis / Dark Shadows. A/N: Final chapter up! Please R&R!
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Horror/Supernatural - Chapters: 14 - Words: 27,943 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 10/16/2012 - Published: 8/16/2012 - Complete
Leap into the Shadows by TrudiRose reviews
COMPLETE! A Quantum Leap-Dark Shadows crossover. Sam leaps into early Barnabas of 1967-1968. Features Willie, Jason McGuire, Buzz (Carolyn's biker boyfriend), Burke Devlin, the Collinses, Vicki, and Julia Hoffman. Please read and review!
Dark Shadows - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 8 - Words: 32,937 - Reviews: 60 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 2/7/2005 - Published: 2/1/2005 - Complete
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Interlude reviews
Part 6 (of 7) of the Willie Loomis World Series. AU sequel to This Old House. The continuing story of a cute blond guy and his articulate vampire boss. Enter Dr. Julia Hoffman, who is determined to help Barnabas, but her experiment has unexpected results for Willie. Reviews welcome! Willie/Maggie, Barnabas/Julia.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Horror/Humor - Chapters: 18 - Words: 35,993 - Reviews: 159 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 5/15 - Published: 1/13/2013 - Complete
Little Willie reviews
Part 1 (of 7) of the Willie Loomis World Series. The humble beginnings of a poor kid from Brooklyn, whose life is unhampered by good luck or good judgment.
Dark Shadows - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 9 - Words: 20,403 - Reviews: 88 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 4/27 - Published: 3/10/2013 - Complete
This Old House reviews
Part 5 (of 7) in the Willie Loomis World Series, sequel to "Changes." Willie Loomis lives in a haunted mansion and works for a scary vampire named Barnabas Collins, who likes to kidnap and brainwash women for bizarre role-playing games. Barnabas/Maggie/Willie.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Horror/Humor - Chapters: 18 - Words: 42,488 - Reviews: 204 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 4/10 - Published: 11/16/2012 - Complete
Changes reviews
Willie Loomis, you just unleashed an evil, undead monster. What are you going to do now? Find out what happened to Collinsport's bad boy when he disappeared for several days and came back a changed man. Part 4 of the (seven part) Willie Loomis World Series.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Horror/Humor - Chapters: 6 - Words: 15,109 - Reviews: 47 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/16 - Published: 10/25/2012 - Complete
The Maine Event reviews
Part 3 of the Willie Loomis World Series, this is a sequel to Globetrotters and Little Willie. Featuring Willie, Jason and the whole gang, including the guy in the portrait. The story finally hits Canon when Willie arrives in Collinsport, looking for trouble. And he finds it. Everywhere. Willie proves that it just may be possible to remain drunk for an entire story.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 11,134 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 1/1 - Published: 10/14/2012 - Complete
Globetrotters reviews
Part 2 of the (7 part) Willie Loomis World Series, sequel to "Little Willie," The misadventures, world travels and con games of Willie Loomis and Jason McGuire prior to their arrival in Collinsport. Thanks for reading, and taking the time to review.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 10 - Words: 19,997 - Reviews: 53 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 12/17/2014 - Published: 9/21/2012 - Complete
Haplessly Ever After reviews
The Willie Loomis World Series, Part 7 (the finale). Act I: Willie struggles to balance his vampire servant job and marriage to Maggie. Act II: Adventures at Wyndcliff. Act III: Willie gets involved in yet another of Julia's experiments. Willie/Maggie, Barnabas/Julia, Adam, Carolyn and more.
Dark Shadows - Rated: T - English - Horror/Humor - Chapters: 34 - Words: 80,240 - Reviews: 291 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 11/22/2014 - Published: 3/14/2014 - Complete
You're a Good Man, Barnabas reviews
Silly little one-shot parody of Dark Shadows and a number from the Off-Broadway musical, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Dark Shadows - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 447 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 5 - Published: 6/15/2013 - Complete