Gallons of blood, surgical specimens, and the real-life doctor who prescribes The Knick’s medicine

In the event of an extremely specific emergency, actors Clive Owen or André Holland might be able to stitch up your wounds and send you on your way. The technique would likely resemble that of the Victorian-era Knickerbocker Hospital—the eponymous setting of Cinemax’s Emmy-winning drama The Knick—but they could do it.…

Cheap thrills and big shocks: The real-life roots of Penny Dreadful’s Creature

While the Victorian London of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful may seem to contain more ghouls than chimney sweeps, some of the show’s outlandish plotlines are based in the period’s strangest nonfiction. In particular, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster (referred to on the show as The Creature or Caliban) can trace his roots through…