top of page
  • Instagram
  • White Facebook Icon
  • mastodon-icon_edited
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White YouTube Icon

Subscribe to our newsletter!

Join our email list and be in the know with articles, updates & more!

Thanks for submitting!

About The Penny Bloods

Tales from the Penny Bloods presents a series of audio shows done in the tradition of "old time radio plays." These include adaptions of stories from prestigious Victorian gift annuals like the Keepsake and Forget-Me-Not, and from popular magazines like Charles Dickens's All the Year Round and Household Words.

Along the way, of course, our programs will also feature stories from the so-called "Penny Bloods" or "Penny Dreadfuls," (think G. W. M. Reynolds's Mysteries of London), bringing you thrilling tales in which London's high society meets the city's underworld. 

Our episodes will entertain you with adventures and romances, ghosts and criminals, with a dash of comedy thrown in.

woman man abduction attack
Skeleton chest money

The Skeleton Hand

(as heard on KCBP-FM Radio Theatre)


When a cavalier French officer takes to the gaming tables, who knows what problems may arise? How will his losses affect his fiancé? His friends? What about that mysterious chest. And the skeleton? Is this really, as Voltaire insists, the "best of all possible worlds"? Tune in to our tale and find out. You'll enjoy a few laughs, some romance, and a ghost!

Join us on our Spotify and YouTube channels!

GH Cover.png

The Green House

(as heard on KCBP-FM Radio Theatre)


Join us for a dramatization of the 1905 short story "The Tale of the Green House" by Allen Upward, which first appeared in an issue of the Royal Magazine of the late Victorian/early Edwardian period.


Join our team of Edwardian ghost hunters in this tongue-in-cheek tale of a haunted house: What is its secret? Why has it changed hands so many times? & will Hargreaves have jam on his waistcoat again?


There's only one way to find out...

Tune in to our Spotify and Youtube channels!

Tales from the Penny Bloods is a series of

radio plays based on stories from popular

19th-century magazines. We hope you'll enjoy these tales of crime & the supernatural, romance

& adventure, with a few laughs along the way.

Teachers: you'll also find original texts,

notes, vocabulary, & lesson plans.

I must hurry for my next copy of the Penny Bloods.png

Upcoming episodes

door face

We are currently in production on an exciting new episode, Tapping on the Wainscot, written and directed by Julia Warren.


When our ghost-hunting real estate agents encounter a mysterious house, they go to great lengths to solve the mystery of the "tap, tap, tapping" on the walls. And of course, their trusty cat contributes to the fun.


However will it turn out? You'll hear all about it when this episode appears in March. 


Catch up on all the  earlier episodes here...

gramophone phonograph

Click me 


About the Victorians

British Library:

Posters, newspapers, illustrations and much more, along with expert articles. (

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century:


A respected, open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal covering areas like Romantic and Victorian History, Literature, Musicology, Social History, Visual Culture, etc. (

Victorian History Resources:
Elon University's fine site. (

Victorian Web: 

Great all-round information about lit, history, social history, plus other links. (

                 About the Penny Bloods








Dittmer, Nicole C. Monstrous Women and Ecofeminism in the Victorian Gothic, 1837–1871. (

This books examines the popular Gothic female “monster” figure in early-to-mid-Victorian literature in the context of medical science, ecofeminism, and social history.

Dittmer, Nicole C., ed. Penny Bloods: Gothic Tales of Dangerous Women. (

Includes a selection of famous and obscure tales from nineteenth-century periodicals which feature "dangerous" female characters, among them witches, femme fatales, vampire mistresses and deadly criminals.


Victorian man face



mysterious background



bottom of page