The Monk is a gothic horror novel of the early period whose plot is steeped in blood, magic and a lead character happy to extol all of the cardinal sins. This central character is the monk Ambrosio, who respected for his pious nature and steadfast ways finds himself tempted by Matilda, a woman who has secreted herself within the Abbey by hiding as a monk.
No sooner has he fallen from grace by this transgression than he becomes entranced by Antonia who, on turning to the black arts as assisted by Matilda, he then ravishes and kills. With numerous incidental additional side tales of occult and supernatural, the book really is a tapestry of horror, and worthy forefather to the best of today’s modern horror novels. Click here to read more.. »