Win a DVD and Book Bundle To Celebrate Release of PENNY DREADFUL SEASON ONE

To celebrate the home release of Season One of PENNY DREADFUL on 13th October 2014 in the UK, we’ve three DVD and book bundles to give away to our readers!

From Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution, the Blu-ray and DVD collections will include every episode of the series’ first season, celebrated by critics as ‘a real contender for any “best TV of 2014” list’ (The Guardian) and a ‘surprisingly moving and poetic gothic fright fest’ (IGN). Both Blu-ray and DVD collections also boast extensive special features that delve into the gripping thriller.

From three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo, Gladiator) and Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall), PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychosexual drama that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a gripping series that is moody, mystical and wonderfully twisted.

PENNY DREADFUL, starring Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights) and Eva Green (Casino), completely reinvents literature’s most famous characters. Icons of terror such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul – even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.
The series also stars Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Danny Sapani (The Bill) and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger). A co-production of Sky Atlantic, PENNY DREADFUL was created, written and executive produced by John Logan and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street.

PENNY DREADFUL – SEASON ONE includes the first eight episodes of the series as a three-disc collection. The Blu-ray Disc is presented in 1080p high definition with English TrueHD 5.1, and Spanish 2.0 Stereo with English subtitles and English SDH. The DVD is presented in Widescreen 16:9 with English 5.1 Surround, English 2.0 Surround, and Spanish 2.0 Stereo with English subtitles. The total running time is approximately 7 hours and 15 minutes.

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Penny Dreadful is available on Blu-ray and DVD now and can be ordered here

For your chance to win a bundle containing Season 1 of Penny Dreadful on DVD and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray books, simply comment below telling us your favourite classic horror icon/monster and why?

The competition will close at 11.59pm GMT on Thursday 6th November 2014 and three valid comments will be chosen and notified by email.
• This promotion is open to UK residents only.
• Entrants must be aged 18 years or older
• One entry per household
• There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
• 3 winners will each win 1x DVD and Book bundle

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  1. Dracula as vampires are my favourite and there are so many variations such as dracula’s daughter.I just love the theme of that old creepy castle surrounding woodlands and the way that he can turn into different animals.

  2. Frankenstein’s monster . I grew up from age 9 watching hammer horror films. I had an old black and white telly in my room. Frankenstein scared me to death and influenced my career as a writer of non fiction ghostly horror tales . U thought he hung out in my wardrobe 🙁

  3. Ill have to go with the poor monster from Frankenstein, the original antihero he’s the main ‘Bad Guy’ but he really isn’t when you start to understand that Dr Frankenstein is the real villain of the piece. Its just a lot more enjoyable a story than the obvious monster running around scaring people.

  4. Frankenstein’s monster – because I felt sorry for him I suppose. He wasn’t bad it was Victor who was round the twist.

  5. I loved The Munsters, particularly Herman because he was a true comic character- daft, but with a kind heart all round, and a family man. I also loved the fact that it made vampires and monsters funny, which always adds a great twist to comedy and was iconic to TV back in the 1960s. I also love the movies and spin-off series from the 1980s. All round though, horror is amazing. 🙂

  6. My favourite monster is Dracula not only does he prove that sucking isn’t all bad because of his connections to Whitby this makes him yorkshires finest bat????

  7. Dracula, without a doubt. The book was excellent and there have been some great screen portrayals (Louis Jourdan and Gerard Butler to name two)

  8. Dracula is something to get your teeth into, but Frankenstein cuts up rough with his monster and Dorian Gray certainly no oil painting.

  9. A fantastic mixture of fictional horror all weaved together to make a horror story for the 21st century,
    with excellent actors and scenes.

  10. I love Lon Chaney Jr.,s Wolfman. He was the very first movie monster I ever saw and I loved the transformation. Things have come a very long way since then, but The Wolfman will always be special for me 🙂


  12. Frankenstein’s Monster – he makes you ask so many questions about life & death, and is not so much evil as angry & confused.

  13. i have to say Dracula, Like so many others have said, I love all the different portrayals and views of how Dracula could have been

  14. Love all the old Frankenstein movies – Hammer horrors were my staple diet growing up. He’s not really the bad guy either is he? Very misunderstood 😈

  15. Freddy Krueger. Does a horror ‘monster’ get anymore scary than him. The look, the knives and the ability to attack you in your dreams

  16. Dracula.Even today after reading the book countless times , i stilll get shivers at the image of the Count crawling down the castles walls

  17. Godzilla, not sure if that really counts but he’s been around a long long time. Oh and he can smash up a city, pretty cool if you ask me!

  18. I once stayed up all night all alone watching the poltergiest over and over too scared to go to bed but I’ve grown up since then

  19. It’s got to be Count Dracula he’s one of the most well known and they keep making new films/TV series about him.

  20. Frankenstein is my favourite because he is made of differnet body parts and if one part wears out he can just replace it.

  21. Dracula. I love all of the beautiful romantic backdrops to his stories and the variety of life the tale has taken on over the years

  22. I love the grimm stories of messed up fairy tales, I think the thought of a beloved tale being so twisted and messed up Is amazing 🙂 always more scary than a lot of other things for me 🙂

  23. Dracula – Who wouldn’t want his power over women, be able to fly, and live forever. You could always go the Veggie route (a bit of Ketchup) like Count Duckula if you’re a bit squeamish!

  24. Alien – Terrifying. I mean, it was almost a perfect monster – virtually unstoppable!

    Although, that clown IT is still the most terrifying!!!

  25. My favourite character is Bukowski’s Henry Chinaski. Nothing is more terrifying to me that real life, and the monotony that daily forces upon many.

  26. Dracula for me. Haunting, scary, conflicting, sexy, the book is genius & the reach of the myth of the vampire (and he is the daddy of them all) has given us so many great stories/films/shows in popular culture ever since

  27. The Creeper from Jeepers Creepers…you just can’t stop him and the way he rebuilds himself with other peoples’ body parts is well disgusting 😉

  28. Has got to be Dracula. The settings of the book are perfect and the character? He’s this big, badass vampire who could kill just about anybody and all he cares about is getting Mina/his dead wife back! Plus he lives in a huuuuge castle!

  29. I was brought up on black and white Dracula movies, Frankenstein was pretty cool too but you always remember your first, so Dracula it is. Dr Who’s Cybermen come a close second though, I remember being terrified and having nightmares about them as a kid.

  30. Classic horror has to be the 30’s Frankenstein’s monster – Boris Karloff’s performance in that first film has never been beaten (or even equalled)

  31. Jason. I always felt kind of sad for him by the way he was treated as a child for being disfigured ????Plus the stereotypical teens in these films get on my nerves.

  32. It has to be Dracula. The thought seemed quite realistic to me when I was a kid. I used to hang wild garlic on my door and bed at night as I was petrified a vampire would come and get me!

  33. Count Dracula. When I was small, my sister told me that Count Dracula lived in the wardrobe. I was scared to go to sleep for a long time 🙂 It always makes me smile to think of it now.

  34. My favourite horror icon is Freddy Krueger, the first horror film i watched was Nightmare on Elm Street, it started my love of any scary films

  35. I’m only just getting in to horror reading but really enjoyed Dracula as I found it interesting to read the book behind all I had heard and the films I’d seen.

  36. Classic monster would have to be Frankenstein from the days of Boris Karloff (1931) it seemed much more scary than the more modern frankies.

  37. Frankenstein’s Monster but played by Boris Karloff, I remember watching this with my dad and Boris Karloff is the one and only monster.
    Despite being black and white he plays the part with pathos while being sinister as well, just classic.

  38. Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde has to be a great “monster” or does it count as two? The duality is very interesting and from a psychological point of view the character ticks all the boxes!

  39. I was interested in archaeology in my youth and the original Mummy films fascinated and scared the wits out of me. Very creepy.

  40. Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde – a fascinating character, but also very disturbing. This is probably because I’ve always thought that we’re all a bit ‘Hyde’ at times. Chilling!

  41. Jack The Ripper…the fictionalised one ofcourse 😉 they never caught the real one so loads of myths and legends have been built up over his identity and the stories of him appearing out of nowhere in darkened alleys scare the cr*p out of me.

  42. Frankenstein. I remember when i was young finding these films absolutely terrifiying.The fact that he was so tall, and grotesque looking with the bolt through his kneck 😯 🙂 Definately a hide behind chairs film

  43. Tricky… would be easy to say Dracula as I have read it so much and love it Would have to say The Creature from the Black Lagoon I think. Something about being in water and slightly out of control….I am massive horror fan so am lovinganswering this!! Xx The man in Helen Dunmores The Greatcoat is very intense as well. The most effective horror characters are the ones that make you uncomfortable with yourself…which is why Dorian Gray stays with you long after you put the book down. Xxxx

  44. The Woman in Black is always menacing …maybe because she is relentless. In fact all of Susan Hills horror books have very scary central characters I think xx Laura xxxx Shall try not to send anymore xx Thanks for the question I enjoyed thinking about it xxx

  45. Oh! The Poltergeist is utterly terrifying. The idea of being taken over and trapped. So completely convincing. I have only been able to watch it twice. Also The Blair Witch with the pervading sense of doom is pretty intense! Sticking with The Creature from the Black Lagoon as my ffavourite though xxxLaura xxxx

  46. boris karloff’s frankenstein’s monster used to petrify me – especially when the electric storm made him come to life and he sat up …. still gives me shivers!!

  47. Werewolves have always been my favourite monsters, I just find them so tragic. Their transformation is so painful and they have no choice in the monstrous acts they commit. Plus, they don’t have any fun, unlike vampires! The poor dears.

  48. Quatermass and the Pit, I was just a young boy and watching it on a Black and White 9 inch TV. I spent most of the time watching it from behind the sofa so I could hide at the really scary bits.

  49. Probably the various versions of the creature in John Carpenter’s The Thing. Incredible model work and totally out-there. Still holds up very well today.

  50. For me Dracula is my favourite, he must be the most iconic character and has resulted in many spin off shows, books and comics. What I love is how complex Bram Stoker’s Dracula is, not just a one dimensional horror figure but one that has loved and was human.

  51. Dracula – he is essentially the origin for vampire adaptations, films and books. He is gloriously gothic, monstrous and the epitome of what Vampires should be – plus, after watching Dracula:Untold there’s clearly more to be seen from him than just a monster. Fantastic stuff! 😀

  52. Definitely Dracula as I love to watch vampire movies and tv shows and there’s something about them that I find very attractive!!

  53. It would have to be Hannibal Lecter —- still gives me the chills thinking he could be out there….somewhere… the character is such a monstrous personality and was so well portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in the Silence of the Lambs.

  54. I love The Gorgon, it scared the pants off me when I was little, I’d be full of Tizer too, so would be up all night with nightmares after watching this classic! :mrgreen:

  55. Frankenstein’s Monster. He never meant to hurt anyone. I always felt sorry for him always being chased by angry people with pitchforks.

  56. It has to be Dracula! There are so many films and books out there about the infamous character, each giving their own spin and story to it and all of them are very enjoyable. Dracula is definitely the most infamous of all which makes him the best! Plus he’s just so cool! (Most of the time) 🙂

  57. Dracula as the beauty/weirdness of Bram Stoker’s tale never diminishes and in fact subsequent writers have opened up the horizons even further

  58. Hammer’s Dracula Ft. Christopher Lee – To me he was and is still the best Dracula to date. Most of the time he didn’t day anything but just his presence was enough.

  59. Zombies. Ever since seeing the original “Night Of The Living Dead” I’ve loved Zombies, they’re just unstoppable, nomatter how many of them you kill, they’re gonna get you in the end.

  60. Zombies. Ever since seeing the original “Night Of The Living Dead” I’ve loved Zombies. They’re just so unstoppable. Nomatter how many of them you kill, they’re gonna get you in the end

  61. DRACULA – The original and best. The fact that a Monsster can be attractive and charming is the scariest Monster of all as you never know what to expect, which makes for thrilling stories!

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