"Ms. Ives, what a pleasure!"


Eva Green & Reeve Carney - Penny Dreadful S1 E2 - Seance

"You do not belong here. Even less than I. You are not frivolous. Your eyes careful and appraising. This is not a careful room, although there is much to appraise. That can divert you for only so long. You do not like it here. You are closed to it. Yet, you’re the only woman in this house not wearing gloves. Your hands want to touch, but your head wants to appraise. Your heart is torn between the two. You were skeptical because you thought this was going to be a wasted evening, but, now you’re not so sure."


A penny dreadful was a type of British fiction publication in the 19th century.These serials started in the 1830s, originally as a cheaper alternative to mainstream fictional part-works, such as those by Charles Dickens for young working class males. The stories themselves were reprints, or sometimes rewrites, of famous Gothic thrillers as well as new stories about famous criminals. These stories were poorly written and overdramatic,but they introduced important literary figures such as Sweeney Todd. They also introduced the figure of the vampire in the occidental culture.

It’s October, which means it’s time for the Geekiary’s annual Horror Themed TV Show poll!

The rules of this poll are simple.  In order to qualify the show had to air, premiere, or be between seasons in 2014.  The show has to have some element of horror in it such as vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, or some other level of grotesque or gory quality (such as cannibalism for Hannibal).  Not everyone may agree that these shows fit squarely in the “horror” category (In the Flesh, for example, isn’t a typical zombie show), but the horror elements present within the narrative qualify it for this poll.

Last year’s winner was Hannibal.  Will it keep its title this year?  It’s up to you.