Amber Ray
March 22, 2014 AT 06:46 PM EDT

The new teaser trailer for Showtime’s horror series Penny Dreadful may just make your skin crawl.

Someone’s skin is feeing the effects of this twisted tale in the promo. The series, starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green, follows classic horror characters wreaking havoc through the streets of Victorian London. The thriller is created by writer John Logan (SkyfallSweeney Todd), who also serves as an executive producer with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris.

Perhaps that’s Frankenstein’s creature we see in the clip? The quotes are from Mary Shelley’s classic. The pathos of that novel was already indelibly etched in our minds; why not make it a tattoo?

Penny Dreadful premieres May 11 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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