London: Bestseller Library / Paul Elek Books, . First Edition Thus. Small octavo, original pictorial wrappers. 256 pp., issued at 3/6. A pulp paperback reprint edition with lurid cover artwork. Light shelfwear, very mild spine creases, text paper slightly toned; a very good clean copy. Item #312395
¶ Matthew "Monk" Lewis's quintessential gothic novel concerning the corruption & downfall of the monk Ambrosio, first published in 1796 and here reprinted in 1960 as part of Paul Elek's "Bestseller Library" series. The cover blurbs touts the book as "the original horror novel -- spinechilling and suspenseful," Sex, Seduction, Murder and a Pact with the Devil are all included, along with promises of "outrage, diablerie and indecency". The front cover depicts a crazy looking heroine surrounded by bones and clutching a dagger.