Coming Soon: New Digital Editions of Victorian Penny Dreadfuls

Posted by Dale Townshend on June 10, 2014 in News tagged with

Serialized Victorian Gothic pulp fiction for the discerning modern reader!

Hic Dragones is pleased to announce a new series of eBook editions of Victorian penny bloods and penny dreadfuls. Digitally remastered and reserialized, these editions are
intended to introduce modern readers to the thrills, shocks and cliffhangers
of classic blood-curdling tales.

Penny dreadfuls have a significant place in the modern imagination and
affections, but they are rarely read in the twenty-first century. And this is
hardly surprising—with only a few exceptions, these texts can only be found
in original publications or mechanically scanned copies. Until now!

The Digital Periodicals serials from Hic Dragones have been fully formatted (by a human being) to
create searchable eBook texts with interactive tables of contents. For the first time since their
original publication in the mid-nineteenth century, these texts will be sold as serials, with new
instalments (comprising between 5-10 chapters) being released fortnightly. Readers can once
again savour the anticipation of a new instalment, and enjoy these episodic stories as they were
once intended.

Digital Periodicals launches on Friday 13th June 2014 with two of James Malcolm Rymer’s classic
titles: VARNEY THE VAMPYRE; OR, THE FEAST OF BLOOD and VILEROY; OR, THE HORRORS OF ZINDORF
CASTLE. Additional serials will be published in due course, with THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF
VALENTINE VOX, THE VENTRILOQUIST coming out later in the month. As well as better-known titles,
such as WAGNER THE WEHR-WOLF and THE STRING OF PEARLS (Sweeney Todd), Digital Periodicals
will introduce readers to works that have unfairly fallen into obscurity: including, George
Reynolds’ FAUST, Albert Coates’ SPRING-HEEL’D JACK and Pierce Egan’s WAT TYLER.

Penny dreadfuls were always meant to be pure, sensationalist entertainment, and the Digital
Periodicals series is designed to inject the fun back into these under-read masterpieces of lurid,
melodramatic, garish pleasure. Readers can subscribe to receive reminders about their favourite
serials, and join in discussion about the stories on Twitter and Facebook.

Let the feast of blood begin again…

For more information:

Website: click here.
email: periodicals@hic-dragones.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DigiDreadfuls
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DigiDreadfuls

For academic and press enquiries:
Hannah Kate (editor)
email: hannah@hic-dragones.co.uk
Tel: 07581248779

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