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by Hank Willow   [October 15, 2001]




[]  Actor Jonathan Frid, who played vampire Barnabas Collins on TV's Dark Shadows from 1967-71, suffers a real-life fear -- not of vampires -- but of people who lie!

Frid made his shocking bombshell admission to horror author Thomas M. Sipos in an interview appearing in Halloween Candy, Hollywood Investigator investigative reporters have learned.

During his extensive interview, Frid stated:

"To me, horror is when I see somebody lying. I mean a person I know. A friend. And he's telling me something that I accept. And then suddenly, as he or she is telling it, there's something that gives them away. They're not telling me the truth. And I discover it myself, just in the way they're not telling it like it should be told. They're slipping. You see somebody slip. And they know that they're lying to you. That sends chills, shivers, right up and down my spine! It's horror!  It's horror!  In the cold light of day."



Since Dark Shadows's TV cancellation in 1971, Jonathan Frid has kept busy by producing, appearing, and touring in one-man shows. One such show features a bickering married couple, of whom Frid says:

"To me, that's horror. To see two people who are ostensibly in love, and they are. He keeps saying, 'I love you, but I can't help looking at the girls.' But to me, that's horror. That's the horror of life. To make a marriage work. To make friendships work. Make relationships in life work, and see where they go awry, is horror. I don't need monsters, for God's sake. I don't need vampires and werewolves to enthrall me with the mystery of life. The mystery of life is all around us, all day long."

Jonathan Frid currently resides in his native Canada.

Additional Fun Facts at Frid's official website:


Investigator Fun Fact:

Jonathan Frid never wanted to play Barnabas. In the Halloween Candy interview, he said that he'd already decided to retire from acting and go into teaching when his agent pressed him to audition for Dark Shadows.  Frid never auditioned -- he met the producers and, Frid says, "I just kind of landed the role."

Hank Willow is a Los Angeles based tabloid reporter who investigates Hollywood scams and Tinseltown's occult underbelly. Read about his adventures in tabloid journalism in Hollywood Witches.

While Halloween Candy contains much else beside Sipos's Jonathan Frid interview, readers who'd like purchase only the interview can now find it in ebook form, both on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook book.

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