Monday, May 22, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
As a fun little project I have decided to create a series of four Penny Dreadfuls centred around four character from one of my books, Elixir. Please enjoy the series and perhaps have a look at Elixir which is available at the links below for 0.99c !
PS: if you would like a signed copy of one of the four Penny Dreadfuls they will be available for a limited time on the Lily Night or Seren Inspired websites :)
Scroll to the bottom of this post for a digital copy to read ! Feel free to share this post with family and friends.
The Penny Dreadful, or, as it was originally called, the Penny Blood, was a nineteenth-century publishing sensation. Originally printed on cheap paper, the books were released weekly, usually with eight pages but on occasion with sixteen. The text was arranged within the booklet in double columns, and the cover always featured an elaborate black-and-white picture. The illustrations created for the covers were used to advertise and to hook the reader.
The Victorian era saw a rise in industrialisation and social changes that brought with them an increase in literacy. Technological advances resulted in better, more efficient and widespread printing techniques, and the rise in transport methods created a faster means of circulation for printed matter. The cheap price of the Penny Blood and Penny Dreadful allowed the working class to buy the publications. Those who could not afford to purchase the serialised books regularly joined groups or rented the text from entrepreneurial people who bought a whole series.
The first Penny Blood was released in around 1836, and was a tale centred on the notorious lives of the Highway Men. Most often the stories were sensational, and regaled in tales of adventure, crime and the reprinting and rewriting of gothic tales. The wide popularity of the Penny Bloods and Penny Dreadfuls helped increase widespread literacy. I, personally, think that this creative synthesis of story and illustration, created for the masses, is very fascinating and should be treasured.