Dark Shadows’ Barnabas Collins was perhaps the first vampire ever portrayed sympathetically, as a character one could identify with, or be romantically attracted to—rather than a purely evil, alien other. This theme is the basis of most subsequent vampire fiction, so Dark Shadows is of great historical significance. (Besides being a lot of fun.)
You can see Chris playing the dashing Jeb Hawkes (who is an ancient Lovecraftian horror in disguise) here:
Here’s a tribute video (and see the admiring fan comments on it here) :
Chris tells me that a Dark Shadows movie is now in the works, starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas the vampire, Tim Burton directing. It’s to be released next year. I’m looking forward to it!
Buddhism for Wolves is partly a satire on a rather nasty, but commercially successful, bit of kitsch: Buddhism for Sheep. “For sheep” might serve as the slogan of the nice school of Western Buddhism. I think you know the sort I mean—that spouts platitudes about compassion, while savaging anything it considers Buddhistically incorrect.
Buddhism for Wolves is funny and charming, in a delightfully nasty (but good-hearted) way. You can buy it from Chris’s web site.
Here’s a page from the book: