He did for the penny dreadful what Coleridge had done for the penny ballad.
That they were the "light reading" of adults, the equivalent of to-day's Ally Sloper or the penny dreadful, is much more probable.
My remembrance of Irish county towns at that time is that no literature flourished except the Penny Dreadful and the local press.
I used it in the approved style of the penny dreadful—pointed it with a stiff arm at my friend's head.
If this were done, literature of the "penny dreadful" description would to a great extent be excluded.
To drive the penny dreadful out of the literary field is not a task beyond the powers of organization and enterprise.
"Some lazy loafer reading a penny dreadful," I thought, glancing at him, then at the title of his book.
To Mr. Palmer's "penny dreadful" plot, the local newspapers add lying details of their own.
Transcriber's Note: This book was originally published in "penny dreadful" form.
But this thing's elaborately simple, like a penny dreadful: 'In the purple grotto you will find the golden casket.'