The mythical maniac made his debut in the 1846 penny dreadful "The String of Pearls: A Romance" and quickly became so popular as to be thought a real historic character.

The Mystery of Sweeney Todd drove me crazy when I was littler! I loved the play and I still have the penny dreadful game on my computer.

The cover of the Penny Dreadful, 'Varney The Vampire or the Feast Of Blood' - ca. 1846.

Victorian 'Penny Dreadful': "Varney the Vampire Or The Feast of Blood" With Varney the Vampire, being one of the most read penny dreadful of the time. Shows the how the culture of the century embraced the vampire stories.

What is a Penny Dreadful?

What is a Penny Dreadful?

to explore the horrid history behind Showtime's new series, Penny Dreadful: the Victorian horror stories that inspired children's and horror literature for generations.

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