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“Another was Maria Monk's "Awful Disclosures," a sensational penny-dreadful which pretended to lay bare the secrets of the lurid life behind the walls of a 19th century convent.”
“Boston editor who was running a magazine with a Matthew Arnold taste and a penny-dreadful purse.”
“For the post-Cracker, post-Lecter generation, the old, penny-dreadful voyeurism depicted in Orwell's essay on murders has been replaced by a more gracious style of connoisseurship, whereby scholarly assessment of the serial murderer is supposed to further understanding of the whole human condition.”
“Clearly, Mark Williams had not my advantage when he penned his penny-dreadful blog post.”
“A tour-de-force mixture of Victorian penny-dreadful, historical mystery, and surrealist fantasy, it's gotten incredible quotes and reviews, and instantly hooks readers.”
“From fake Lord Byrons to ancient prophetic automatons and mohican-haired punk lizards this is a city-wide penny-dreadful peepshow, a Victorian pandemonium carnival that has spilled out onto the streets and embedded itself into the very social fabric.”
“Serious questions have been raised about the way the trial was conducted and, specifically, the conduct of prosecutor Giuliano Mignini whose shocking, hyperbolic descriptions of Knox as a "she devil" and a "deviant" bore more than a passing resemblance to his lurid, penny-dreadful theories of black magic rituals and Satanism expressed during the investigation of the as-yet unsolved "Monster of Florence" serial killing.”
“In America, since the rise of the penny-dreadful novels that romanticized the Wild West, we have created a mythology of the self-made man, who acts alone.”
“Like Romanticism it freely utilised the mythic, the fantastic, but like Realism this was no easy ride, no penny-dreadful diversion.”
“I always found the Batman “Vampire Trilogy” to be unsettling in a very visceral, penny-dreadful kind of way, which I suppose is appropriate.”
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