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Penny Dreadful: New Horror Series Coming to Showtime

On Sunday May 11, 2014, Showtime will premier a new drama called Penny Dreadful. If you like Gothic Victorian horror and suspense this show will appeal to you too. (Yes, I have a penchant for that sort of thing myself.)

From the Penny Dreadful page on Showtime, here’s what the show is about:

Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.

I got a kick out of learning about penny dreadfuls. Or re-learning I should say. I remember learning about them once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away.

Okay, so it was in this galaxy but it feels like it was another one. It was way back when I was in English class in high school. We learned about what kids our age 100 years before us used to read. Sensational serialized tantalizers that appeared in weekly publications called penny dreadfuls.

Below is the trailer to whet your appetite. Also be sure to check out There’s all kinds of graphics to click on that immerse you in what Penny Dreadful is inspired by and trying to accomplish. Very atmospheric!


Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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