Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

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. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.


Critics about the score


Each and every one of the 29 tracks is a lovingly crafted work of art.

Sci-Fi Online

Fans of the composer will recognise his musical voice straightaway. Lush strings, whimsical piano lines, playful arpeggios… it’s all here. (…) A mesmerizing work.


A musical soundscape unlike anything I have ever heard.

The Passionata Project

A new milestone achievement for the Polish composer. (…) The score is easily a top contender for best original score for Television – 9/10.

Film Music Review

An excellent score by one of film music’s rising stars. The clarity and precision of the writing, the perfectly judged Gothic atmosphere, and the interesting instrumental choices are all first class, and the whole thing contains the familiar sense of elegance and classicism that Korzeniowski has brought to every project in his career thus far.

Movie Music UK by Jonathan Broxton

This score is a horror masterpiece, it really is. The score is so vibrant, so beautiful and crushing. (…)
Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 72.8
Album Excellence: 100%
Buy or stream? Buy

Soundtrack Geek

a triumph of film/television scoring

Movie Music International

beautiful and addictive

A Small Measure of Peace

a brilliant accompaniment to the television series and a stunning piece of work in its own right

Films On Wax

The vibrant sounds of this album are sure to please any fans of classical or soundtrack music, as well as anyone seeking to be unsettled with beauty, after all “to be beautiful is to be almost dead.”

Agents Of Geek

universally great (…) hats off

delightfully haunting score (…) Nothing short of pitch perfect.

Reel Drama Queen

pulse-poundingly intense, but hauntingly tender

Pop Eye

dripping in atmosphere and personality, with lush strings and dissonant noises that manage to chill

The Young Folks

Special acknowledgement should also go to Abel Korzeniowski, who provides an exceptionally fitting and wondrous score for the series.



Showbuzz Daily

Owen McPolin’s cinematography, Abel Korzeniowski’ score, and everything else from the set direction to the casting, are top shelf here.


And my goodness how the music soars on this show, whether seductive or melancholy, it truly enriches the experience.

Spoiler TV

The music is gorgeous by the way, not relying on spidery harpsichords but beautiful swells of orchestration that build emotion and feed into the dialogue.

Spoiler TV

With a good soundtrack by noted composer Abel Korzeniowski (…) and gorgeous cinematography, PENNY DREADFUL is another example of how a lot of TV nowadays is slicker than a lot of films.

Horror Movie News

Great sets and dialogue, plus the haunting musical score.

TV After Dark

The music is chilling and brings out every emotion between characters both simple and complex.

Rose Rundown

May 2014


25 Responses to Penny Dreadful

  1. Truly beautiful

  2. What is the the name of the music/song played on episode 2 during dorian grey and brona sex scene…?

  3. What is the the name of the music/song played on episode 2 during dorian grey and brona sex scene?

  4. A soundtrack!!! I am begging you, please put out a soundtrack!

  5. GREAT NEWS!!!!!!! AUG 17th

  6. Please release the soundtrack soon, it’s brilliant!!

  7. Just wanted to tell you how much I love the Penny Dreadful theme. I close my eyes in sheer bliss every time those violins hit.

  8. Love this soundtrack. Hope it is released soon! I could use some haunting music in my library.

  9. I´ve just finished first season and WOW, what a moving soundtrack… when is it going to be released?

  10. The soundtrack is so beautiful an moving. Adds to the scenes so perfectly. I hope a soundtrack will be released soon!

  11. Absolutely stunning soundtrack….. So beautiful and poignant, I have been moved to tears…. Penny Dreadful is a spectacular blend of visuals and soundtrack…. You feel these characters…. It is a very affecting experience….. Magical and Oscar worthy, despite being a small screen series.

  12. Wonderful soundtrack. I have quite enjoyed it and would love to purchase it! :)

  13. Hello any one knows what is the music playing background when mr grey and ives looking portraits?

  14. PLEASE release this soundtrack! It is breathtakingly beautiful.

  15. Brilliant score. From opening credits to melancholy and subtle foreshadowing, this is exquisite and powerful composition. Combined with its outstanding set design, solid casting, and Logan’s screenplay, this show is lush and gripping. Bravo. Bravo.

  16. I love it when Proteus gets to go outside for the first time and the music score in the background is simply fantastic

  17. This is what television was meant to become. I am breathless. Inspired. I inhale the imagery and exhale the enchanting sounds. More, more…


  19. The Penny Dreadful soundtrack is so beautiful. I can’t wait for it to be released

  20. Great soundtrack! Well done, sir.

  21. Melancholy…

  22. With the good and evil comes the bitter and the sweet. The beautiful and sad musical score is an imaginative journey through the light and the dark. Abel Korzeniowski has done a marvelous job in pairing these opposites wonderously throughout the storyline of “Penny Dreadful”. The knowledge that something wicked this way comes is only buffeted by the elegance and subtle introductions that his score provides in leaps and bounds! Truly marvelous and I hope to have a copy of this work soon!

  23. When will the score be released?

  24. The soundtrack to Penny Dreadful is wonderful and fitting to the show. I am also looking forward to the release of the show’s soundtrack.

  25. Penny Dreadful’s soundtrack is distinctive, unique and timeless. Congratulations for such unforgettable sound-scape. Looking forward for the release of the show’s album.