The Art and Mak­ing Of Penny Dread­ful

The great­est mon­sters of English lit­er­a­ture walk the streets of Lon­don once again... or is it Dublin?

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Au­thor Sharon Gosling hen Penny Dread­ful first drifted on to our screens, reek­ing of cholera and car­bolic soap, it seemed like an­other grimy fin de siè­cle drama; Rip­per Street crossed with Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story. How­ever, the qual­ity of the pro­duc­tion, from con­cep­tion to the last dig­i­tal stroke of the brush, has seen it sur­pass any prej­u­dices, and the hor­ror is shift­ing up an­other gear in its sec­ond sea­son.

Much of this is down to cre­ator, Amer­i­can writer and Glad­i­a­tor and

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Avail­able Now Sky­fall scribe John Lo­gan, and the power in­vested in him by Sam Men­des. The lush at­ten­tion to de­tail de­manded by both run all the way through this lux­u­ri­ant Mak­ing Of, which may be to some ex­tent pieced to­gether from press-kits, but fans of the show won’t be dis­ap­pointed, with the au­thor’s step-by-step in­ves­ti­ga­tion into each ma­jor as­pect of pro­duc­tion, en­veloped in an gor­geously em­bossed cover.

The con­tent doesn’t fo­cus en­tirely on art and de­sign. The ex­plo­ration of the tech­niques used to turn mod­ern Dublin into Vic­to­rian Lon­don pro­vide plenty for lovers of screen magic to sink their fangs into – and to cel­e­brate the artistry of ev­ery cos­tume, poster and splash of Kens­ing­ton gore feels like time well in­vested.

Seek­ing an orig­i­nal take, artist Howard Swindell was tasked with con­cept­ing the vam­pire.

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