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  • n. Plural form of dreadful.


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  • The romantic world in which Elizabeth Bennett and her family resides is plagued by an onslaught of "dreadfuls" and "unmentionables" (aka zombies).

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  • The original book is more or less intact so far as the plot and characters, but in addition to worrying about whether Mr. Darcy loves her, Elizabeth Bennet must also confront squadrons of "dreadfuls" roaming about the countryside, intent on consuming human flesh.

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  • Gill began work with Bulwark during the heyday of the dime - and nickel-novels and penny papers (or dreadfuls) before World War I.

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  • He shared with his brother Graham an interest in Victorian crime fiction, and spent much of his retirement collecting penny-dreadfuls for his wonderful short-story anthology, The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1970.

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  • CHENNAI, INDIA -- Hindi and Tamil paperbacks, the gaudy equivalent of American dime novels and British penny dreadfuls, were a staple of old India, sold at the country's railway stations, bus depots and chai stands.

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  • Once a generation, there is a horror-panic against Victorian penny dreadfuls or 1950s horror comics or 1980s video-nasties: we are overdue for another flurry.

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  • “Listen,” says she, so I did, and was treated to a tale fit for the wildest of penny dreadfuls — but true, as the wildest tales often are, in my experience.

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  • Neuval mostly published penny dreadfuls, and I think the genre had gone to his head. '

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  • We all owe much sound morality to the penny dreadfuls.


  • The penny dreadfuls which I also read were indeed in a healthy and heroic tradition of



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