In Chapter 9, Johanna returns home, overwhelmed by grief, only to run into an inebriated saint, followed by a beefeater.
In chapter 8 Sweeney finds that safety is a relative term.
In chapter 7, Sweeney Todd runs into difficulties as he tries to sell the string of pearls.
Chapter 6 – The Conference, and the Fearful Narration in the Gardens is now ready to listen to.
In this chapter, Johanna, and ourselves as well, get to hear of what has happened to Mark Ingestre in the time since he left Johanna.
After a couple months away from recording, I finally made it back.
Here is Chapter 5 – The Meeting in the Temple from The String of Pearls.
In this chapter, Johanna is contacted and eagerly goes to a rendezvous where she hopes to find out what has happened to her true love. We are also introduced to some Ecclesiastical comic relief.
Chapter 6 has been recorded and will be uploaded as soon as I get it edited.
Chapter 4 – THE PIE-SHOP IN BELL YARD is finally online.
We now get to meet the lovely Mrs. Lovett and taste, if only vicariously, her wonderful pies.
Chapter 3 is ready to go!
Here is Chapter Two of String of Pearls. The String of Pearls: A Romance was published in eighteen weekly parts, in Edward Lloyd’s The People’s Periodical and Family Library, issues 7-24, 21 November 1846 to 20 March 1847. It was probably written by James Malcolm Rymer, though Thomas Peckett Prest has also been credited with it.
Thanks you for listening to the initial offering from the Penny Dreadful Podcast. We begin with String of Pearls, Chapter One.
I plan to publish at least weekly. I have four chapters recorded, but not yet edited, so I should be able to keep the pace up.
The goal of this blog is to deliver readings from Victorian periodicals, primarily those extended, lurid narratives known as “Penny Dreadfuls”. I will be starting with “String of Pearls”, the original story of Sweeney Todd. I will then continue with “Varney the Vampire” and “The Mysteries of London”.
I hope to intersperse among these, some stand alone stories, primarily detective stories, and possibly some other articles that I find interesting or amusing.