penny dreadful

noun, plural penny dreadfuls. Chiefly British.
a cheap, sensational novel of adventure, crime, or violence; dime novel.

1870–75 Unabridged
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n , pl -fuls
informal (Brit) a cheap, often lurid or sensational book or magazine

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