"The ghost of dawns forgotten and to be
Abides a moment in the twilight's grace."
- George Stirling, THE TIDES OF CHANGE
HAVE YOU SEEN PENNY DREADFUL?
Creator John Logan is one of show business’ brightest talents.
He’s a Tony-award winning playwright (“Red”) and has written a number of huge Hollywood movies, everything from “Gladiator” to “The Aviator” to “Skyfall”.
And he’s clearly a fan of monster movies too because a love and respect informs every scene of his new thrilling series’ premiere.
He may be treading on some familiar ground, with the likes of Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, vampires and cowboys filling out his story,
but he’s made it fresh and fun by focusing on character and twisting his story in unique ways.
Logan, who's written all the episodes himself, is a master of wit and clever dialogue.
Josh Harnett plays American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, slumming it in a Wild West show touring through England,
who’s recruited by explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) and the mysterious Vanessa Ives (Eva Green)
to help them with a dangerous pursuit.
They’re after Sir Malcolm’s kidnapped daughter who has been abducted by sinister forces, namely a Nosferatu.
You think you know how the story will go. You are wrong.
It is atmospheric, suspenseful, and Logan makes you care for each character -- even though you sense things will go terribly wrong for all of them.
Since I wrote my own Victorian supernatural adventures:
DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE,
RITES OF PASSAGE, and
ADRIFT IN THE TIME STREAM --
I am hoping PENNY DREADFUL becomes a hit to perhaps whet interest in my novels.
Josh Hartnett's cursed gunslinger also constantly wears gloves to hide a secret --
My own Samuel McCord likewise wears gloves to mask his own curse. Luckily he made his debut in 2010.
Did you see PENNY DREADFUL? For a short time, you can watch the first episode for FREE on YOUTUBE: