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Penny Dreadful is set to introduce a new icon of horror

Penny Dreadful is set to introduce another famous name from the history of horror literature when the show returns for a third season next year.

The show co produced by Showtime and Sky Atlantic has already featured icons of horror including Frankenstein, his creature and Dorian Gray.

Series co-creator John Logan said: "I can tell you this and this is such a tease, and I am sorry for it but after two years I am finally adding another famous literary character. It's been fun going into another writer's brain and bringing one of those great characters back into our world."




- John Logan (1)
- Penny Dreadful

Written by: Ben Drummond
Jul 6th, 2015, 1:48 am

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Message Posted On Jul 12th, 2015, 11:37 pm

"Jack the Ripper"


Jack the Ripper isn't a literary character. Although he's a real-life character who has featured in a lot of literature.


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Message Posted On Jul 11th, 2015, 3:22 pm

Looking forward to ANYTHING these writer come up with!!



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Message Posted On Jul 9th, 2015, 4:38 pm

They've done the werewolf and it was pretty cool that they revealed Ethans actual name to be Lawrence Talbot, the same name as the character in the 1941 movie "The Wolfman" played by Lon Chaney, Jr. 

I agree with Gadfly that Jekyll and Hyde might be likely and would be an interesting addition to the show. However, it's also possible that John Logan's reference to a "famous literary character" could open it up to any literary character including non-monster characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper, Professor Moriarity, Fu Manchu, etc. all of which would fit in the timeline.  Of course there's also the possibility of The Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon, or Hawley Griffin the Invisible Man.

The character selection could be limited if a literary characters name is not in the public domain and Showtime cannot get permission to use the character from the copyright owner.

Penny Dreadful is following in the same general "alternate universe" theme as the 2003 League of Extraordinary Gentleman movie.   It also brought together various literary characters such as Mina, Captain Nemo, Allen Quartermain, Dorian Gray, and Jekyll and Hyde. While  Penny Dreadful is  following the same general theme it is doing it with better characters, actors, and story development.

I'm very interested in seeing this somber group get back together next season. On a minor note, I'm especially curious to see if they address the issue of Ethan Talbot and Lily Frankenstein. They do have to run into each other again sometime and should make for an interesting conversation.

Showtime has evidently renewed the show for a 9 episode third season.  Maybe with one less episode hopefully the pace will pick up over the somewhat gradual pace of this last season.

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Message Posted On Jul 6th, 2015, 4:53 am

There really aren't too many left, since they did Dracula (kinda of) in Season 1. Jekyll & Hyde, most likely.

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