4 Spooky Series to Fill the ‘True Blood’ Void

After seven scary, campy seasons, HBO’s cult hit True Blood went down for the long dirt nap August 24. For fans of the series’ supernatural themes — vampires, werewolves, witches, and more — that means they’re going to have to find another way to scare up some fun. Luckily, there are quite a few spine-chilling series that can help with the True Blood withdrawal.

Penny Dreadful

1. Penny Dreadful, Showtime

This psychological thriller set in Victorian-era London brings some of literature’s most frightening characters together. Penny Dreadful explores the origins of a number of notably creepy characters, including Dorian Gray, Dr. Frankenstein and his creations, and Dracula’s Mina and Van Helsing. Like True Blood, it mixes fantasy and drama with horror — and it features a stunning and talented cast, including Sin City 2’s Eva Green, Doctor Who’s Billie Piper, and former teen heartthrob Josh Hartnett. Showtime recently ordered a second season of Penny Dreadful, but you can creep yourself out to your heart’s content by catching up on old episodes on Amazon on Demand.