A penny dreadful was a type of serial British horror fiction publication of the 1800s that usually featured lurid, macabre stories, each part costing one penny. The penny dreadfuls were printed on cheap paper and were marketed primarily to the working class. [It just occurred to me that I see an emerging trend among my interests; the Victorian era – forgotten English, historical literary and scientific types, etcetera.]
Fast forward to the millennium, an age where technology is capable of translating lurid writings to unimaginably vivid digital candy for the eyes. Penny Dreadful is an upcoming television horror-series created for Showtime by John Logan (executive produced by Logan and Sam Mendes).
Starring an impressive cast, including Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Rory Kinnear, Dreadful showcases some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from Bram Stocker’s Dracula, as they become embroiled in Victorian London.
It is sure not to disappoint fans of dark, Victorian horror. If that’s right up your jack-the-ripper-mutilating-a-prostitute-in-an-alley, check out the official Showtime preview here: http://www.sho.com/sho/penny-dreadful/home The series premiere release date is May 11th, 2014.