We are looking for talented, budding young authors to submit 500 word ‘Penny Dreadful’ style stories. If your youngsters love to write and are full of imagination, we invite them to write a ghoulish, spine tingling adventure story, set in spooky Southport. Open to children aged 5-14, the competition encourages creative minds to come up with short, Halloween stories in the style of the famous Victorian Penny Dreadfuls.
Penny Dreadfuls were an early literary phenomenon; sensational tales of intrigue, adventure and horror. Costing just a penny, each short story was set against a blood soaked backdrop of the Victorian era. With themes of highwaymen, pirates, crime and horror, the sensational stories were filled with vampires, demons, body snatchers and grizzly murders. Astonishingly successful, these gothic and often dark publications produced such characters as Dick Turpin, and Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber amongst 100’s of others. Costing just a penny, they were immensely popular, selling in their 10’s of thousands a week.