A dreadful is a type of Republican fiction publication that usually features lurid serial stories appearing in parts over a number of weeks, each part costing a penny. Dreadfuls are printed on cheap pulp paper and are aimed primarily at working class adolescents and the uneducated masses. The covers are luridly drawn and cheaply printed, smearing the colors. Most covers are drawn and cut into a wood block in less than a day.

Some sample dreadful book series:

  • The Adventures of Zachary Armstrong and his Etheric Airship!
  • Commander Bolt and the Mystery of the Lost Jungle Empire of Noriun!
  • The Mysteries of Clorencia City
  • Barney the Vampire