Varèse Sarabande Records will release the Penny Dreadful Original Television Series Soundtrack digitally and on CD August 19th.
The soundtrack features an original score composed by Abel Korzeniowski.
I started looking for an expression of dark beauty, something that can be terrifying and mesmerizing at the same time — a poisonous infatuation, said Korzeniowski. The most inspiring clue I got was John Logans [writer, producer] description of the character of Vanessa as the Mother of Evil. Seeing her not as a victim, but as a creature of a complex dual nature, both good and evil, was a defining moment for the entire musical score.
Penny Dreadful is a series on Showtime that you should be checking out that features some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.
The musical themes of Penny Dreadful represent both different characters and abstract ideas, explained Korzeniowski. One of the most unusual for a gothic horror story is a group of themes related to Victor Frankenstein’s offspring — Proteus and the Creature. They are the paragons of the modern age, or as the Creature puts it, modernity personified. Their music sounds more like an alternative/indie rock ballad than a classical score. The black-clad Creature, with his heavy make-up and pale skin, even looks like he could be in a band with Jack White.
Penny Dreadful season two has already received the green light and returns to Showtime in 2015.