penny-dreadful


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penny-dreadful

n, pl -fuls
(Journalism & Publishing) informal Brit a cheap, often lurid or sensational book or magazine
References in classic literature ?
For a sonnet on Stevenson he managed to wring two dollars out of a Boston editor who was running a magazine with a Matthew Arnold taste and a penny-dreadful purse.
In 1992's Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood's retired outlaw, Will Munny, is asked by Saul Rubinek's penny-dreadful biographer, W.
The book is hallucinatory--you can't stop yourself from getting into it," declares playwright Honor Molloy, Dahlquist's fellow New Dramatists alum who quit Simon & Schuster's audiobooks division to become his agent on the strength of the 1,370-page manuscript of his sprawling Victorian penny-dreadful fantasy The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters.