Oct 7, 2017

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Are You Afraid of the Dark? was a Canadian series broadcast during the Golden Age of Nickelodeon (1992-1996), an anthology of science fiction and paranormal stories: ghosts, vampires, monsters, aliens, takes on The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Monkey's Paw.  The protagonists were often unknown Canadian actors, but sometimes Hollywood teens like Ryan Gosling, Gregory Smith, and Will Friedle made guest appearances.

The frame has the stories told by members of the Midnight Society, a group of kids who meet in the woods for that purpose: the quiet intellectual Gary (Ross Hull).

Ross is gay.  Today hee works as a meteorologist in Toronto. 

His pesky kid brother Tucker (Daniel DeSanto).

Today Daniel lives in Toronto and does mostly voice over work.

Athletic Frank (Jason Alisharan).

Eric (future teen idol Jacob Tierney), and some girls.

Later Eric left and new members appeared, including tortured David (Nathaniel Moreau), and socially inept Stig (Codie Wilbie).

I found the frame annoying because we never learn anything about the "real" teenagers and their lives outside the Midnight Society, except for occasional vague references.  I wanted to know about school and home, their friends, their romances, and why they felt the need to meet in the woods once a week to tell ghost stories.

I wanted to know which were gay.

No beefcake shots of the actors as teenagers -- I guess they never became Tiger Beat fave raves -- but here's a photo of Jared Keeso, a Canadian actor who popped up when I did a search for "Jason Alisharan", "Are You Afraid of the Dark", "shirtless."  He was never on the show.


  1. You forgot to mention Sardo. (It's SarDOOO, no Mister, accent on the do.) Not beefcake, but occultists as a rule aren't. He tied the stories together.

    There were several Picture of Dorian Gray ones. One I remember was a hotel run by a vampire. (The type that drain time, rather than blood. There is a Slavic creature like that, but fucked if I can remember the name.)

    Wasn't one of the Clark brothers on once?

    1. Probably. Nearly every Canadian child actor made an appearance


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