Victorian horror series Penny Dreadful premieres its 3rd season two weeks from tonight and will feature a fresh rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic mad-scientist manifesto The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
“Penny dreadfuls” were a 19th-century London publishing phenomenon that featured a mass influx of cheap, illustration-heavy horror-based drama pieces.
Darkness will soon be upon us. Are you prepared? #PennyDreadful premieres May the first on @Showtime.https://t.co/6TJSx36dFk
— Penny Dreadful: City of Angels on Showtime (@SHO_Penny) April 7, 2016
Honorable mention : Rory Kinnear : John Clare : Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful is an elegant and clever amalgam of 17th century horror classics most notably : Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey, among others.
The show focuses mainly on ***madness*** or : the tragic existence of a kindhearted Vanessa Ives who unwillingly serves as a conduit for the abstract notion of the apocalypse or “end of days”.
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