666 pages of shocking sensational stories from the Victorian era, twenty in all including such classics as James Malcolm Rymer`s The String of Pearls or Sweeny Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet-Street, Mary Shelley`s Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, Guy De Maupassant`s The Diary of a Madman or Robert Louis Stevenson`s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The original penny dreadfuls were cheaply printed, inexpensive publications written to titillate the masses with shocking thrills and lurid horrors. Over time, penny dreadful became a catch-phrase for any story steeped in gothic horror that pushed the limits of what was acceptable in popular fiction. In the stories compiled here, werewolves, ghouls, vampires, made doctor, carnivorous highwaymen, ancient Egyptian curses and reanimated corpses are just some of the horrors that the victims contend with.
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152 x 229 mm