The Monk: A Romance (Paperback)

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"The Monk" has everything you need for your Gothic horror fix: a lecherous monk, driven to lasciviousness by a cross-dressing acolyte; a nun, desperate to join her lover, escaping from her convent in the guise of a bloodied ghost; a treacherous innkeeper with murderous intent; secrets hidden in labyrinthine catacombs; devil-summoning; consuming flames in this world and the next...the list goes on. This is the non-expurgated version, so be prepared for the rape and murder that has made this infamous book a classic, for better or for worse, since it first shocked readers at the end of the 18th century. If your curiosity is piqued by this twisted tome, give it a go. You're in for a wild ride.

— Luisa


Sex, sorcery, and Satanism: The Monk is a tale of the temptations of the holiest man in Madrid. Utterly unlike anything England had seen before its publication in 1796, The Monk is a lurid, suspenseful, and occasionally hilarious novel that radically transformed gothic literature with its much darker tone and open embrace of witchcraft and the occult.

The Monk is the third book in the Argot Early Gothic Collection. From the gloomy castles and maniacal villain of The Castle of Otranto; the sex, witchcraft, and demons of The Monk; to Vathek's dreamlike and surreal vision of gothic literature's potential, the Argot Early Gothic Collection showcases three of the most influential works that helped shape English gothic literature and the broader romantic movement of the late 18th century.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781644890028
ISBN-10: 164489002X
Publisher: Argot Press
Publication Date: October 27th, 2018
Pages: 338
Language: English