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Title: Metaphysical Gravity
Fandom/Genre: Fusion/AU
Pairing(s): Dean/Cas
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~79,000
Warnings: Mild blood play.

Artist: deadflowers5
Art link: Art Masterlist
Podfic link: here - Read by jennacorinth
Read on AO3: here

Summary: This is a retelling of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows.
UPDATED 2012-05-30 This is not a comedy like the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp betrayal remake
Vampire Castiel Collins is awakened from his tomb by down-on-his-luck author Chuck Shurley. With Chuck’s help [and blood] Castiel sets out to make a life for himself in Collinsport, restoring his old home and hopefully being reunited with the reincarnation of his former lover, Dean Winchester.

Brief Author Notes - I just wanted to thank my artist, deadflowers5 who put together some lovely artwork for me and didn't complain when I sent her a draft that was unfinished and 60,000 words long. THANK YOU!

My beta = neros_violin . she is also getting billed as creative consultant and executive producer. Without her, this story would have ended up more angsty and cheese-o-rama-y than daytime soap operas since I don't know when to quit.

Read Dark Shadows En Francais courtesy of Marple_juice - C'est magnifique!

1. Chuck Shurley, Grave Robber
2. The Stranger Who Is Not A Stranger
3. Chuck Shurley, Blood Donor
4. Old Things More Beautiful Than Things Brand New
5. Chuck Shurley, Purveyor of All, Strange and Unusual
6. I'm Not a Stranger, No I Am Yours
7. The Collision of Our Kiss
8. The Prevarication of Ghostly Friends and Lovers
9. I'd Break the Back of Love for You
10. Concatenation
11. Interlude
12. Chuck Shurley, Vampire BFF
13 That Secret That You Know
14. Campfire Tales
15. Sam Winchester Learns Two + Two = Vampire in Collinsport
16. The Reckoning
17. The Prophet Chuck
18. Dr. Sam Winchester - Relationship Councilor and Vampire Physician
19. A Chuck Shurley Novella
20. Inhumation
21. Black is the Color

Link to the Soundtrack

My Leading Cast!
Short Disclaimer -
I should note I've never been to Maine, don't know a thing about it other than what I've seen in snippets from 1960s Dark Shadows and the 1991 revival. Also, I've taken some dialogue directly from the show, so if you're a fan, and you see something you recognize, yep, I totally stole it.

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Mar. 20th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I can totally see Cas as a vampire and I can . . .we'll use your imagination when it comes to what vampires do best: sucking!
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
You know, I might love Cas more as a vampire than as an angel!
Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
I haven't read this yet but OMG! My impression from the summary was 1970 parallel time. But hey, it's almost 1am here and I just can't get into this now. Aaargh! So... is Dean Julia? Sorry, she was always my preference with Barnabas. Okay, I'm going to go to bed geeking out about Dark Shadows now.
Jun. 20th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
If I may ask, have you ever attended any of the Dark Shadows Festivals?
Jun. 20th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't! I didn't even know such a thing existed? what are they? do they still have them?
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Oct. 25th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
I loved the fic, and it was a pleasure to work with you.
I've never heard before the show, but you write it so good. And thanks for the Author's notes! :-)
Oct. 25th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
It was lovely to work with you as well! Thank you so much for everything!
Oct. 25th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)

BTW, you have totally taken over my flist - the whole first page was your posts, lol.
Oct. 25th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
I was hoping that wouldn't happen since it was posted and I just unlocked it! Oh well, good thing I used cuts for everything!
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Oct. 28th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Congrats! ☆ Your fic is recced here at sawedoff_recs.
Oct. 28th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have a big smile on my face!

Oct. 31st, 2010 06:11 am (UTC)
Just finished this tonight and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You did a great job of using Dark Shadows as a template for this story and I think you did an excellent job of making Castiel's voice distinctly different from everyone elses.

Absolutely loved Sam's comment about Castiel being lucky he's immortal if he's going to be waiting for Dean to change his stubborn mind. Definitely a laugh out loud moment.
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!

And thank you again for all your help with all things Dark Shadows. I anticipate that when the movie comes out we'll see a big resurgence in popularity.
I can't wait!
Jan. 24th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)


Sorry I couldn't use the original artist's work; it just isn't adaptable as a podbook cover.
Jan. 24th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this Cybel, you're so on the ball it's amazing :)
Jan. 29th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
Hi, I just stumbled upon this comm and yours is the first fic I'd like to read, but my internet connections is spotty and your fic is quiet long so please if you've got a doc or pdf of your story can you send it to:
Thanks and I'll try to comment later on.
Jan. 29th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Sent in pdf format! Let me know if you don't get it.

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Feb. 3rd, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to reading this. I have very specific, very positive memories attached to Dark Shadows - when I was six and seven, etc, I used to come home after school and watch it (and 'The Edge of Night') with my great-grandmother. That was pretty much all the time I spent with her, so it was pretty special. I'm pretty sure she gave me my love of vampires, horror, and general weirdness :) I'm sure I'm going to love this story! (I'll be sure to tell you when I finish it)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: sqee
I hope you enjoy it! I must admit, I deviated from teh story a lot, but the beginning is 'close'. chuck makes a GREAT Willie!
Mar. 2nd, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Hi, I was wondering if there's a PDF of this story available since it's so long. RTF or DOCX would work as well, this sounds really interesting. My e-mail (in case you prefer sending it out rather than offering it for download somewhere) is cas dot pierson at gmail dot com.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
sent! LMK if you didn't get it!
Mar. 3rd, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
I'm downloading, Thank you for sharing! you're awesome!!
Mar. 3rd, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
I've a pdf if you'd like me to email it. Let me know!
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
zoe, can you send me a pdf format?(^^) i just download the podfic! great job, i love it.
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Hey Lilly! You bet!
Um, I can't find your email address (sorry!), can you PM it to me?
Apr. 5th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
So after reading your notre dame fic, I had to give this dark shadows one a proper go of it. would I be able to get a copy of the pdf too by any chance? I'd love to be able to read it on my ereader :)

email: qthelights at hotmail

thank you so much!
May. 11th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Just listened to the podfic of this and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I especially loved how you are able to describe things with such loving, precise detail - especially Castiel's mannerisms and otherness and his restrained politeness. Loved Sam's part as well, how he always gave Dean shit but at the same time he obviously cared about his wellbeing and wanted him happy. Lovely work, dear!
May. 12th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
I love writing the brothers together- I imagine it's because I have siblings of my own that I give them the relationship that I do. My sisters and I are hard on each other at times, but if anyone else gave them guff, I'd beat the snot out of the person!

Isn't Jenna's voice fantastic? I could listen to hear read the phone book!

Thanks again!
May. 31st, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this story! I've never new Dark Shadows, but this story makes me long to watch it.

Castiel makes a fantastic vampire. The scene where he dealt with Ruby made me clap my hands gleefully - is that bad?

I also find myself conflicted - I've always loved the Deep/Burton duo (the Alice flic excluded), but after Your story I cannot imagine enjoying the story as much with the change in casting. =}

I love Chuck in this story too. The magic man - getting You everything You want from ancient artifacts to cutting edge electronics, quick, efficient and quiet. =}

All the characters are so in character... Just wow.

May. 31st, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
PS. I sort of could read more - a more definite ending - but it's beautiful as it is too.
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Jun. 18th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if you could possibly send me the pdf for this? (Do you have other dean/cas fic's that are in pdf too?)

My email is:
Jun. 30th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
I wanted to leave a comment that could say everything about how I feel right now. I sat down thinking I'd read a couple of chapters then eat dinner and then read a few more etc... and then my whole world got turned upsidedown.

It was beautiful and thrilling and actually made me cry and laugh.

Castiel's otherworldliness translates so well to a role of a vampire, and while I have seen it before, I have never read it written in such a way that so fully fulfilled what I wanted from him in that role. He was a captivating figure to watch even through other characters eyes and when it was from his POV... holy heck, I think I forgot to breath a couple of times because I felt so bad for him.

Dean was so Dean. So stuck in his ways that it take something enourmous to get him to change his mind and yet when he loves he does so with his whole heart and gives everything he can. His relationship with Sam was also striking and so IC while managing to be unique to this universe! And doctor Sam was SO hot <3 He can treat me any time.

Chuck! I love it when writers utilise his character and this was the best I have even seen it does! I could picture Rob Benedict's facial expressions every single moment when reading this and that made it all the more perfect.

Each and every cameo we so well done that it would take me forever to name why I loved each one, but I did!

Thank you so much for sharing this!
Jul. 1st, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thank you so much! I loved writing in this universe, and I'm so pleased you liked it!
Would you believe I only originally intended to use Chuck for chapter 1? but then I enjoyed writing him so much, I had to keep bringing him back. He's too much fun as a narrator.

Thanks again!
Jul. 16th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
hai there!
i just read through the whole story in one go and it was utterly utterly fantastic. i love how you managed to convey Cas' otherworldiness as an angel in canon to a vampire in this story!
but i have a favor to ask. could i get a pdf version of this fic so i can re-read it in my e-reader? :D my email is lyn_bnn at hotmail.
Jul. 16th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
I've just sent the PDF. LMK if you don't get it or there are any problems.

Thanks again!
Jul. 18th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
hello lovely. May I get the pdf version? don't want shoddy internet connection to hold me back ;)
Oct. 10th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Excuse me, may I also have a pdf version? I'm so sorry if this is (three months) later! Please and thank you!
Oct. 10th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Sent! LMk if you don't get it. Cheers!
Oct. 27th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind sending me the pdf as well.
Oct. 27th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
And thanks
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Nov. 23rd, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
I just found this & I love it! Could I please get the pdf emailed me @ I need this in my nook to reread when ever I have a chance!
Nov. 24th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Sent! Let me know if you don't get it!

Nov. 30th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Could you let me have the PDF too? I don't get a good enough access to the internet to read online.

Dec. 1st, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
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