Review of The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
Book reviews , Horror / November 26, 2014

When this book was released, in 1796, it was harshly censured and charged of blasphemy.  At the time, indeed, I wasn’t easy to tell a story where religion and sex were closely melded. Despite all, Matthew Gregory Lewis managed to write a novel capable to create a burning mix of religion, power, sex and even of fantasy. We are speaking about The Monk, a book for adults classified in gothic literature. The gothic genre is a type of story set in the Middle Age, where characters are priests, religious authorities who are often involved in dark stories made of corruption, sex and countless temptations. This genre is the same which caused success of many modern writers, by starting from Ken Follett to other famous international novelists. In this field, though, the first true pioneer of gothic literature was Matthew Gregory Lewis. The first edition of The Monk contained many scandalous details which Lewis was forced to remove in the later editions. But if a reader will be so lucky to find and read the original edition of the book (buy here),  he can be sure to have found a real masterpiece of gothic literature. The Monk is firstly the story…