Penny Dreadful pushes its premise into a fractured but beautiful third season

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The elegant and the garish, the gothic and the grimy, have always been in productive but uneasy tension on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. The series, which brings together famed heroes and villains from turn-of-the-century horror fiction, takes a trick familiar to popular cable series—dressing up pulpy entertainment in…

Cheap thrills and big shocks: The real-life roots of Penny Dreadful’s Creature

While the Victorian London of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful may seem to contain more ghouls than chimney sweeps, some of the show’s outlandish plotlines are based in the period’s strangest nonfiction. In particular, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster (referred to on the show as The Creature or Caliban) can trace his roots through…