For anyone who has enjoyed watching Showtime’s Penny Dreadful John Logan and Sharon Gosling’s The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful is an essential purchase.
Inside the book looks at how the show was conceived; contains background on the individual characters, their stories and how the cast brought them to life; how Victorian London was recreated in the studio, on location in Dublin and on green screen and how the conceptual artists, make-up and prosthetic artists and special effects wizards created the range of strange creatures that Vanessa Ives and her companions encounter.
Other sections dissect the science, history and sociology underpinning the show, together with the work of the location managers, costume designers, set builders and dressers who created this incredibly atmospheric mash-up of the Victorian Gothic.
The book is packed with behind the scenes photography from the show together with previously unseen images from storyboards, and production design blueprints.
The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful is published by Titan Books in Hardback price £19.99 UK, $25 US and $28 Canada
For fans of the show this would make a terrific birthday or Christmas present, I give it a 555/666