He was, so to say, a glorified schoolboy, surfeited with penny dreadfuls.
Your mind was a shallow pool filled with tales from shilling shockers and penny dreadfuls in which you believed implicitly.
A visit to any news-stand will disclose a world of low and demoralizing "penny dreadfuls" and other trash.
I crossed quietly to the stall, stood side by side with him, and took up a handful of penny dreadfuls.
He is taught to read the newspapers, and the penny dreadfuls, and his wits are sharpened for him.
One is apt to find his deepest philosophy tucked away in some corner of a discourse on cheese or mumming or penny dreadfuls.
Another publisher to whom I submitted it actually wrote back that he was not in the habit of publishing “penny dreadfuls.”
Master Love meanwhile had very little time for his “penny dreadfuls,” and complained bitterly of his hardships.
He missed even the familiar rustle of the “penny dreadfuls” as the boy turned their pages.