BOOK REVIEW: THE ART AND MAKING OF PENNY DREADFUL / AUTHOR: SHARON GOSLING / PUBLISHER: TITAN BOOKS / RELEASE DATE: APRIL 17TH
“Do you believe there is a demimonde? A half-world between what we know and what we fear? A place in the shadows, rarely seen, but deeply felt… Do you believe that?”
The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful explores the dark, shadowy, gothic horror-drenched world of Showtime's classic horror series Penny Dreadful. A world that sees some of classic horror literature's most iconic characters brought together, as each of their stories are woven together in an otherworldly Victorian London that's full of hidden horrors.
The story of Penny Dreadful is a refreshingly different take on the gothic horror genre; one that sees many horrors unfolding on the screen, all brought to life by an astounding creative team of costume designers, prosthetic make-up artists and producers, whose immense attention to detail has helped to recreate the dark and shadowy Victorian London perfectly. The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful goes behind the scenes to unveil the crucial processes that went into the making of the show, helping to set the scene, bringing each of the classic horror characters to life.
A lavishly illustrated book that fits the show’s dark, gothic horror tones perfectly, going behind the scenes piece by piece, from recreating the shadowy streets of Victorian London to the detailed prosthetics behind the shows unique take on the classic vampire, each element is as crucial as the last. It's astonishing to see just how much work went into the eight-part series, with as much dedication to the series as a high budget film.
Each character’s story unfolds in the pages, with as much attention to Victor Frankenstein's story as the elaborately decorated Lyle house. It's certainly an in-depth look behind the scenes that sets the tone of the show in great detail. A great companion to read alongside the show and a must for fans of classic gothic horror. With the news of the second series following this May on Sky Atlantic, it's certainly setting the mood for another series of grisly, dark horror.
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