What are the best penny dreadful books?

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    #1Dracula

    Dracula

    Dracula is a Gothic horror book written by Irish author Bram Stoker, which was first published in 1897. It follows the story of the vampire Dracula attempting to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his curse.

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    Aaron Martinez
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "excellent book where feelings are expressed in people not so common and give us to understand how important to follow our hearts, and no matter how much evil is in the world there is always something good so we can fight and find our real path to happiness..."
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    #2The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.

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    Humberto Bravo
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I've been recently becoming a fan of British literature, more importantly, the 19th century. This book ticks all the boxes; it provides an enthralling tale of love and loss. I particularly enjoyed the callbacks to the "Prince Charming" nickname used at the beginning of the book. If you haven't already, give this a read. You're going to want to allocate some time for this one as the language used takes some getting used to. However, it is one of the better books I've read this year. Only 4.5 stars because I'm jealous of the people that got to pay a penny for this book."
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    #3Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 

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    Anthony Dunn
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "It's a classic piece of literature! Need I say more? It is a defining book in the horror genre. I was glad I read it though, having just been aware of the character but not the full story."
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    #4Varney The Vampire (Vol. 1)

    Varney The Vampire (Vol. 1)

    First published in the 1840s, Varney The Vampire is a gothic horror story by Thomas Peckett Prest that tells the story of Sir Francis Varney. It greatly influenced vampire literature and introduced a lot of vampiric tropes.

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    Marcela Galicia
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I was looking for some of the best penny dreadful books and could see why this came up. I know it is tied to penny dreadful and the tv series, but I was looking for actual penny dreadful books so this solution didn't fully satisfy my search needs."
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    #5The Great God Pan

    The Great God Pan
    The Great God Pan is a classic horror novel by Arthur Machen, first published in 1890. It tells the story of a surgeon, Dr. Raymond, who conducted an experimental operation on a woman's brain so that she may see the spiritual world.
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    Sarah Walters
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I’m not sure this was ever actually serialized as a penny dreadful, but it’s definitely a classic of Victorian horror. It’s excellently weird."
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    #6Wagner the Werewolf

    Wagner the Werewolf
    Wagner the Werewolf is a fantasy novel by George W.M. Reynolds. It tells the story of the titular character, Fernand Wagner, as he becomes afflicted with the curse of becoming a werewolf in exchange for youth, beauty, and wealth.
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    Jorge Alberto Escobar
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Good book if you are into fantasy and werewolves. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with penny dreadful but i still recommend you give it a read. You won't be disappointed if you like the genre."
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    #7The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 1)

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 1)

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a graphic novel by Alan Moore. Set in the Victorian era, it tells the story of famous literary figures as they work together to defeat evil.

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    Christine Hoffman
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Graphic novels have different appeals. The league of extraordinary gentlemen appeals to the fantasy genre."
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    #8Bellefleur

    Bellefleur
    First published in 1980, Bellefleur is a gothic novel by multi-award-winning author, Joyce Carol Oates. It follows the Bellefleur family through several generations, telling tales of their eccentricities and supernatural abilities.
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    Laura Powell
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I really liked this novel, it's a great read and very interesting."
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    #9The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 2)

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 2)

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 2) is a historical fiction fantasy graphic novel created by Alan Moore. This sequential art book is first published in 2003. 

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    Austin Wilson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This isn't really what I was looking for but it was still enjoyable"

Summary

Best What are the best penny dreadful books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1DraculaBooks 21 Free
2The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 19 Paid
3FrankensteinBooks 17 Paid
4Varney The Vampire (Vol. 1)Books 15 Paid
5The Great God PanBooks 14 Paid
6Wagner the WerewolfBooks 12 Paid
7The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 1)Books 11 Paid
8BellefleurBooks 9 Paid
9The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 2)Books 5 Paid
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