Bloody as it is, penny dreadful is also rather beautiful, owing to some spectacular set design and spot-on horror imagery.
That they were the "light reading" of adults, the equivalent of to-day's Ally Sloper or the penny dreadful, is much more probable.
If this were done, literature of the "penny dreadful" description would to a great extent be excluded.
Soon bargee was wrapped in slumber, and the boy buried in a penny dreadful.
To drive the penny dreadful out of the literary field is not a task beyond the powers of organization and enterprise.
My remembrance of Irish county towns at that time is that no literature flourished except the penny dreadful and the local press.
"Some lazy loafer reading a penny dreadful," I thought, glancing at him, then at the title of his book.
But this thing's elaborately simple, like a penny dreadful: 'In the purple grotto you will find the golden casket.'
To Mr. Palmer's "penny dreadful" plot, the local newspapers add lying details of their own.
He did for the penny dreadful what Coleridge had done for the penny ballad.