Edited by Nick Groom
'He was deaf to the murmurs of conscience, and resolved to satisfy his desires at any price.'
The Monk (1796) is a masterpiece of Gothic fiction and the first horror novel in English literature. It tells of the pious monk Ambrosio's descent into depravity, his passion leading to rape, blasphemy, black magic, incest, and murder. Its sensational story also reflects the terrors of the French Revolution.
Listen to our interview with Professor Nick Groom, editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition discuss Matthew Lewis’s, The Monk.
The Impact of The Monk
The Author, Matthew Lewis
The Monk Today
The Interview in Full