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Here are a few classic defintions:

* A sensational novel of crime, adventure, violence, or horror. The term is an English archaism referring to cheaply printed books bound in paper at only a few pennies' cost. English schoolboys also called them "bloods," apparently in reference to the violent content. The equivalent term in American slang is "dime-novel," again referring to the cheap price, or "pulp fiction," referring to the cheap wood-pulp pressed to make the paper. ... web.cn.edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_P.html

* any cheap and sensational piece of literature. www.artistwd.com/joyzine/australia/strine/p-2.php

* dime novel: a melodramatic paperback novel wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

* In the United States in the late 19th century and very early 20th century, a dime novel was a low-priced novel, typically priced at 10 cents (a dime). The original dime novels were published in a tabloid format, but later evolved into a more standard book format. In the United Kingdom similar books were called penny dreadfuls, a term also referring to the denomination of coin needed to buy one from a vendor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_dreadful

Who is "Barry Simms"?

Barry Simms is the character played by actor Leo Geter in Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers"- a radio shock-jock DJ who wants to do a live broadcast on from the Myers house on Halloween. Leo Geter reprises his Barry Simms role in a funny audio cameo in "Penny Dreadfu. In the kicthen scene, listen carefully for the radio announcer in the background.

Penny Dreadful filmed exteriors at the same house used in the 1968 film "Wait Until Dark" on St. Luke's Place in NYC's West Village. Ironically, this house is only two doors down for the house used in The Cosby Show!

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