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I'm embarking on a series of books of short stories (horror) in the thread of the Victorian Penny Dreadfuls. My first is on my signature below Mask of the Macabre.

I'm using one or two sites for historical references and inspiration, one being the excellent Victorian Dictionary. Has anyone else got a good recommendation for a similar site with lots of authentic and historic detail?

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Oh, more Victorian writers! How delightful!

Here are some websites, youtube-links, and suggestions of classic and modern books that I have found both enjoyable and helpful.

Victoria and Albert museum (Victorian fashion)

Victorian Dictionary (London)

Basic overview (Wikipedia)

Food and more from the Victorian era (with Sue Perkins!)

Classic books:
The Brontë sisters, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, especially the Penguin edition (read the footnotes!)

Modern authors:
Sarah Waters (Tipping the velvet), Belinda Starling (The Journal of Dora Damage), and Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell).
Jane Austen handbook Margaret Sullivan (wonderful and quite funny too!)

Best of luck with your writing and research!
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