Book Review: Season of Mists, by Jen Corkill

Penny Dreadful won’t be back until next summer, and the end of the season left me with a hangover. No worries, though, there’s a plethora of novels and book series in the same vein that can give me the same fix Penny Dreadful does. Season of Mists, by Jen Corkill, is the first book in a promising historical paranormal romance series that does just that. Read More Book Review: Season of Mists, by Jen Corkill

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1X07: “Possession”

This week’s episode of Penny Dreadful had us on the edge of our seats as always, and since the finale is next week, it only heightens the suspense and makes waiting for the next episode even harder. In the last episode, we were left with Sir Malcolm trying to have a conversation with Vanessa after her return from her date with Dorian, only for Vanessa to start levitating like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. Her head didn’t spin, though her symptoms of demonic possession in this episode are just as unnerving. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1X07: “Possession”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 1×05, “Closer Than Sisters”

The latest episode of Penny Dreadful was very Vanessa-centric, but no less amazing. It’s told from Vanessa’s point of view in flashback, and it gives a history of what occurred in the past between the Murray and Ives families and what exactly Vanessa’s transgression was. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 1×05, “Closer Than Sisters”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1.04, “Demimonde”

Happy Friday, all! We’re helping you wrap up your work week with the recap of the most recent episode of Penny Dreadful. And guess what—there is some good news about the series: Showtime has decided to renew it for a second season! So if you haven’t started watching yet, you can start watching now! But you need to start at the very beginning to understand everything that’s going on. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1.04, “Demimonde”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1×03: “Resurrection”

Happy Thursday, all! Time for the recap of Episode 3 of Penny Dreadful. This episode, “Resurrection,” more or less gives some exposition concerning the characters, though we do see some action and get a cliffhanger at the end. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1×03: “Resurrection”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1×02, “Seance”

Happy Thursday, all! I don’t know about you, but I thought that the second episode of Penny Dreadful was just as good as the first one. We meet two new characters here, and we are left with more questions at the end of this episode than we were at the end of the last episode. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, Episode 1×02, “Seance”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, 1×01: “Night Work”

I can’t tell you how ridiculously excited I was when I found out about Showtime’s new series Penny Dreadful. I saw the first episode this past weekend and was immediately hooked. After the massive letdown that was NBC’s Dracula this past fall, Penny Dreadful is a breath of, well, foul, soupy London fog. The show is named for penny dreadfuls, stories that contained lurid, melodramatic plots that were relatively inexpensive and meant for general public consumption. The series hearkens back to the familiar horror stories we all grew up with, like DraculaFrankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Grey, and if you squint, The Woman in White and The Mummy. I’ve heard of it being compared to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but I like to think of it as a sort of cross between Ripper Street and Supernatural. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful, 1×01: “Night Work”

Three Facts You Didn’t Know about Fast Food in Victorian London

What’s the first thing we jump to when we think of so-called “fast food” in late Victorian London? Fish and chips, right? And of course there are always the vendors who sold fruit such as oranges and apples to passersby who got the munchies. But here are three types of Victorian ready-made food vendors you may not always think of, discussed by Neil R. Storey in his book A Grim Almanac of Jack the Ripper’s London, 1870-1900. Read More Three Facts You Didn’t Know about Fast Food in Victorian London