Penny Dreadful Creator John Logan Explains Why He Loves Monsters

Season 1 of Showtime's creepy drama ends Sunday night

One of the most critically beloved new shows on cable, Showtime's Penny Dreadful is written start to finish by Skyfall and Hugo screenwriter John Logan and produced by Sam Mendes, with Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett in the leading roles. The Victorian Gothic mash-up features characters pulled from Frankenstein, Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray and other, stranger texts, but the key to Logan's obsession with monsters is his sympathy for them. He has a harder job in pre-production this year than last: Showtime president David Nevins liked the show so much that he renewed it for a longer (ten-episode) season two. In the runup to Sunday night's season one finale, Logan explains how Disneyland, romantic poetry and classic horror stories gave rise to one truly original series.