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Bloods and Penny Dreadfuls: a tale of sensational Victorian fiction

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Aldermanbury

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“Bloods” and “penny dreadfuls” are terms used to describe sensational penny fiction written principally for the working classes between 1830 and around 1910. The often gruesome stories concerned criminals, particularly highwaymen, pirates, ghosts, and sensational historical stories. Nearly all would have been produced in penny parts, issued weekly, with each part of four or eight pages featuring a lurid illustration. The ‘moral panic’ amongst certain sections of society brought about by these publications can be related to the similar modern condemnation of ‘video nasties’ and ultra-violent computer games. However, the ephemeral nature of the penny dreadful means that many are now exceptionally rare and highly prized. This talk will include a rare opportunity to view some of the Guildhall Library’s own dastardly and morally reprehensible collection. Not for the easily corrupted!

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