Penelope Tredwell is the feisty thirteen-year-old orphan heiress of Britain’s bestselling magazine, the Penny Dreadful. Her scary stories, concealed under the pen name Montgomery Finch, are gripping the people. One day she receives a letter from the governor of the Bedlam madhouse requesting Finch’s help to investigate the asylum’s strange goings-on. Every night at precisely twelve minutes to midnight, the inmates all begin feverishly writing-incoherent ramblings that Penelope quickly realizes are frightening visions of the century to come. In the first book, Penelope is drawn into a thrilling mystery more terrifying than anything she could ever imagine!