Classic literary characters, bloodsuckers, possession, the occult—season one of Showtime’s new series, Penny Dreadful, had all manner of evil forms for its ragtag team of anti-heroes to go up against, giving horror fans a steady stream of scares. Those looking to catch up on or relive the show's first season may want to tune into Showtime's recently announced Penny Dreadful New Year's Eve and Day marathons.

Comprised of the entire eight-episode inaugural season, Showtime's first Penny Dreadful marathon will begin at 8pm EST on New Year's Eve, with an encore airing of all Season 1 episodes taking place the following day beginning at 12pm EST on SHO2. The second marathon will also incorporate live tweets from fans:

"On New Year's Day a socialized marathon of Penny Dreadful Season 1 will begin airing at 12PM ET/PT on SHO2. A curated selection of some of our favorite fan tweets will appear at the bottom of the TV screen, making it an all-new viewing experience. Additionally, @SHO_Penny will be live tweeting the east coast feed using the hashtag #FeelingDreadful. It will be a fun-filled day with giveaways and more, so be sure to join us starting at 12PM ET."

In anticipation of the show's sophomore season that will debut sometime next year, Showtime recently released the first Season 2 teaser video that you can watch below. We also have a handful of new Production Blog videos from the first season and a fresh "Autopsy of a Scene" video that dissects a crucial moment between Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) in the fourth episode. Directly below, we have official details from the upcoming second season:

“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.”

In September, Showtime announced that Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale, both recurring guest stars from Season 1, have been promoted to series regulars for Season 2. The ten-episode second season (with all episodes penned by John Logan) of Penny Dreadful was filmed in Dublin, Ireland, with the season premiere scheduled to air next year. For those unfamiliar with the show, here’s a brief synopsis:

“In Penny Dreadful, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters — including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light — have become embroiled in Victorian London. The series stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Eva Green (Casino Royale) Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights and License to Kill), Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Danny Sapani (The Bill).”

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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.