New Books by David Selby

Two new books by David Selby, a poetry collection and a novel, will be released in March 2015.

Light and Shadows

Light and Shadows

Light and Shadows collects the poems/songs that David has presented at recent Dark Shadows gatherings:

David Selby began his television acting career portraying Quentin Collins in the daytime serial Dark Shadows in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Appearing first as a ghost in modern times and later as a living person under a werewolf curse in the 1800s, Quentin was a complex, evolving character who lived in both the light and the shadows as the supernatural series shifted its storylines across the centuries.

Light and Shadows presents a collection of original poems and song lyrics composed by Selby that have been influenced by not only his Dark Shadows days but also his experiences and emotions in life away from show business. He explores the joys and sorrows of the real world imbued with a sense of gratitude, a touch of whimsy and a resounding hope for the future.

Dozens of rare and previously unpublished photos from Selby’s life and career are included.

Personalized signed copies of Light and Shadows may be purchased through David Selby’s official website, DavidSelby.com.

 

Promises of Love

Promises of Love

Promises of Love, a work of fiction, is scheduled for a March 20 release.

Here is a description of the book from the publisher, Headline Books:

A product of usually beautiful but sometimes cruel southern Appalachia, Daniel Friend overcomes poverty, abuse, and personal tragedy to establish an identity. Inspired by the strength and love of his older sister, he realizes the power of education to lead him to a life he has imagined for himself–the pinnacle of his ambition is to graduate from Harvard University. That he does not get this opportunity, devastating as it is to his life plan, does not prevent him from becoming a beloved doctor, loving husband and father. Although well-meaning, he stumbles in his relationship with his two children as he tries to interject his own preferences into their lives. A deeply felt story of love, the novel examines the boundaries of a family, of its secrets, of the complex web family relationships can weave. Finally, the novel examines the damage that abandonment, poverty, and childhood neglect can do to a human personality, damage that sometimes cannot be overcome.

Personalized signed copies of Promises of Love will be available through David Selby’s official website, DavidSelby.com, after it is released on March 20, 2015. In the meantime, the Kindle edition is available for immediate download and the paperback edition may be pre-ordered from Amazon.com.

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2014 Holiday Message

At night, when we lay our heads on the pillow (if we are lucky to have one), our eyes closed, may we see the light of Christmas. It is as when we were all children and the world was ours.

That light is in your eyes, knowing and bright. That light will lead us back to those cold, snowy, rosy cheek winter nights as we gather for yet another sleigh ride over the rolling fields of life, singing “The First Noel” and “peace on earth.”

It warms my heart to have you in my life, to hear and feel that child’s light. That child within who is always there.

My love to one and all,
David

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Rainbows

Last week we got some much needed rain in California. During the morning there was the most beautiful rainbow….never had I seen one as beautiful. It was a perfect arc with the colors so vivid. I thought of Mary Oliver’s words: “A lifetime isn’t long enough for the beauty of this world.” I was glad to have witnessed that rainbow. Is there a more wonderful song than “Somewhere Over The Rainbow?”

We all need to be reminded of the thrilling things in life… of the friendships we have made. I was reminded of this at the recent Dark Shadows gathering in New York — seeing old friends, making new ones. Two of my cousins, Beth and Neal (a third — dear Barbara passed away a few years ago – it was sudden. I had just talked to her from DC the day before where I was opening in a new play and Barbara was making plans to attend with Beth and friends — how precious she was and how important it is to have those rainbows like her in our lives) . . . so Beth and Neal attended the recent DS gathering along with their mother, Jane.

Jane’s husband, Uncle Steve, fought in WWII. He was a navigator as I recall. . . . Tuesday was Veterans Day. . . . It was many years before I was told the extent of Uncle Steve’s war experience — how he had been shot down three times, the last behind enemy lines. He was badly wounded, but was rescued and sent home for treatment on a ship across the Atlantic. The ship was hit by enemy fire and he spent, I believe, three days in the ocean water. . . again he survived. Uncle Steve recovered with treatment back in Colorado, where as a young boy, he had been put on a work-farm. While in the hospital, he met Jane, a nurse. After he recovered, he wanted to find his family, so he and Jane made their way to West Virginia and family. How fortunate my wife and I were because, on our journey to New York City in order for me to pursue an acting career, we stayed with Steve and Jane and my cousins who were living in Levittown, Long Island. How blessed we were. It was touching for me to have Beth, Neal, and their mother, Jane, in the audience at the Dark Shadows gathering. That day was special.

On this Veterans Day, I remember my father in his Navy uniform. He had also crossed the Atlantic many times on a supply ship. He was being sent by train back across the country to San Francisco for further assignment. In St. Louis, word was received of the atomic bomb being dropped in Japan. He was pulled from the train and sent home. The war was over. We all have so many to thank, to remember on Veterans Day.

A footnote: recently I was in Japan filming and one day we all bowed heads for a few moments of silence to remember the dropping of the atomic bomb. Here we were so many years later, hugging each other — crew, cast, producers — all from many countries (many from Japan). Out of great sadness and sacrifice came a rainbow moment.

Thank you all for making my life possible.

My love,
David

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