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TV series Penny Dreadful is created and written by John Logan, an American screenwriter who has written and co-written several notable films including Gladiator, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Aviator, Hugo, and many more.
The title, “Penny Dreadful,” comes from an old British fiction publication that would feature cheap and sensational stories. But Logan’s series is far from cheap or dreadful, incorporating several classic horror characters from 19th century British fiction. Notable appearances include Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray), Mina Harker (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), and Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein). If you really want to experience Penny Dreadful to the show’s fullest, we recommend re-reading these classics – Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Picture of Dorian Gray.