PENNY DREADFULS SENSATIONAL TALES OF TERROR:


PENNY DREADFULS SENSATIONAL TALES OF TERROR:

MARY SHELLEY, W. IRVING ET AL    Book Number: 85268    Product format: Hardback

The historical, literary phenomenon of the Penny Dreadful described cheaply priced publications that provided thrilling popular fiction, primarily for the British working class between the 1830s and 1850s. They can be traced back to the heyday of the gothic novel. Launched in 1764 with the publication of Horace Walpole's 'The Castle of Otranto', the gothic novel blended horror, suspense and romance, in a wildly plotted tale that often featured a castle or monastery of medieval origin as its setting. The tales were conjured in direct opposition to the rationalist spirit of the Age of Enlightenment. They were crude, escapist fiction contrasting with more sophisticated literary novels of the time. Virtue was rewarded and villainy punished and they offered many shocks and supernatural thrills. Several authors made their reputations writing them, among them Ann Radcliffe, whose 'The Mysteries of Udolpho' (1794) established a trend in gothic fiction and Matthew Gregory Lewis, whose 'The Monk' (1796) is regarded as the most extravagant and outrageous of all gothic novels. Printed with cheap blue paper covers, the gothic chap books ran 36-72 pages long and sold for sixpence or a shilling - hence their name 'Shilling Shockers'. Frankenstein, The Adventure of the German Student, The Wehr-Wolf, The Pit and the Pendulum, Sawney Beane: The Maneater, Aurelia: Or the Tale of a Ghoul, The Dream-Woman (Wilkie Collins), The Case of Lady Sannox (Arthur Conan Doyle), The Diary of a Madman (Maupassant), George Dobson's Expedition to Hell, The Strange Case of Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Lost in a Pyramid or The Mummy's Curse (Alcott), Buried Alive and The Dualists or the Death-Doom of the Double-Born by Bram Stoker and Sweeny Todd are among the 20 terrifying 'sensation stories' from the Victorian era. Dark blood-red leatherbound hardback with silver and black tooling, red satin page marker and 666 (satanic!) silver foil edged pages.
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