My fascination with horror began with a vampire on a daytime soap. Jonathan Frid’s Barnabas Collins was frightening but compelling, fueling my imagination and captivating me completely. His poster graced my bedroom wall. I collected the comics and paperback books. I had the Barnabas Collins model kit and board game. I made a scrapbook of cut out pictures from TV Guide, soap opera and horror mags.
Jonathan Frid passed away this past weekend. He was 87 years old. And so dies another slice of my childhood.
The thing is, despite Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s best efforts, Frid’s Barnabas Collins will live on forever, immortalized on DVD for future generations to thrill to.
This weekend I’ll honor his memory by dusting off my old copy of The House of Dark Shadows. If there’s a heaven for fallen vampires, Jonathan Frid’s place in it is secure.
Rest in Peace, Barnabas Collins… until you rise again.