The Penny Dreadfuls by Bram Stoker
Tales of Horror: Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Synopsis

Blood, gore, murder, and sin—Victorian literature’s darkest horrors await you.

The penny dreadfuls were cheap nineteenth-century English stories that featured gothic, lurid, disturbing, and tantalizing content. These horror serials cost a penny per issue, hence their name: penny dreadfuls. The penny dreadfuls often paid homage to—and even inspired—many of the more famous narratives of the horror genre.

This book pairs three obscure yet influential penny dreadfuls with three of the most notorious literary giants of the nineteenth century: Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dorian Gray, all in one authentic collection of the best Victorian gothic horror ever written. Originally published at a time when dramatic scientific discoveries sparked a cultural fixation on the paranormal, these stories remain timeless in their uncanny ability to prey upon our primal fear of that which is strange, violent, and unknown.

This book contains a total of six haunting tales:

• Dracula by Bram Stoker
• Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker (Dracula’s original first chapter, not published until after Stoker’s death)
• Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
• Wagner the Wehr-Wolf by George W. M. Reynolds
• The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
• Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest

Curl up with The Penny Dreadfuls on a dark, moonless night and rediscover these chilling classics.
 

About Bram Stoker

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Abraham (Bram) Stoker was an Irish writer, best known for his Gothic classic Dracula, which continues to influence horror writers and fans more than 100 years after it was first published. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, in science, mathematics, oratory, history, and composition, Stoker’s writing was greatly influenced by his father’s interest in theatre and his mother’s gruesome stories about her childhood during the cholera epidemic in 1832. Although a published author of the novels Dracula, The Lady of the Shroud, and The Lair of the White Worm, and his work as part of the literary staff of The London Daily Telegraph, Stoker made his living as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London. Stoker died in 1912, leaving behind one of the most memorable horror characters ever created.
 
Published May 5, 2015 by Skyhorse Publishing. 912 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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