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The Dark, Dank World of Penny Dreadful

9 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Guest post by Darwyn Carson — Victorian era pulp fiction by another name could have been Penny Awful, Penny Number, Penny Blood or Penny Horrible. The name that caught was Penny Dreadful. It all added up to luridly explicit stories printed on pulp paper to be woven into cheaply bound booklets. Popular in the 19th century these stories played out over weeks at a time and were a major source of entertainment for the working class adolescent—mostly young boys—of the period. The plots varied, but the aim was the same; to scare and to enthrall. Most importantly: to leave the reader wanting more so that he couldn’t wait to shell out another penny the next week, and the week after that and the one after that, to find out what happened next.These tales weren’t for the faint of heart; they were violent and sordid.  Penny Dreadful »

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