Penny Dreadful

Burne Jones Le Vampire

Back in the 19th century, people started to print and sell serial stories called ‘Penny Dreadfuls’. As opposed to the more literary episodical stories–which often cost a whole schilling–Penny Dreadfuls cost only a penny a week. Penny Dreadfuls were melodramatic, unpolished tales that used recurring themes from Gothic thrillers. The booklets were passed around and beloved by the working class.

“Babysitting for Vampires” follows the paranormal adventures of bartender turned babysitter Robin Lesune. The style immediately reminded me of a Penny Dreadful. It has an unsuspecting protagonist, naughty child vampires, absurd humor and a severe element of strangeness throughout. While it may occasionally or accidentally invoke some philosophical truth or deeper pontification, it is intended to be nothing more than a blood-spattered, tongue-in-cheek romp of the supernatural.

Babysitting for Vampires

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