Item description for The Demon of Sicily: A Romance (200th Anniversary Edition) (Gothic Classics) by Jo Beverley Edward Montague...
"Infinitely more extravagant than The Monk." -- Montague Summers.
"Outstanding among the many pallid imitations of The Monk...the Gothic's Gothic of the first decade of the nineteenth century." -- Prof. Frederick S. Frank, The First Gothics
The Devil stalks the monastery of Santa Catherina in the form of the mysterious Demon of Sicily, seeking new souls to plunge into everlasting torment. He sets his sights on Father Bernardo, a young priest questioning his vows, and Sister Agatha, a depraved and licentious nun. The Demon, a supernatural being of seemingly unlimited power, promises Bernardo and Agatha fulfilment of their wanton sexual urges, in exchange for their souls!
Inspired by M. G. Lewis's The Monk, The Demon of Sicily outdoes Lewis's novel in its outrageous depiction of sex and violence. Featuring a parade of victims who are kidnapped, imprisoned, impaled, decapitated, drowned, rent asunder by demons, and burnt at the stake, The Demon of Sicily is sure to astonish readers even today, two hundred years after its first publication!
This 200th Anniversary Edition includes the unabridged text of the rare 1807 first edition, together with seventeen lurid illustrations from the 1839 edition published by the infamous pornographer William Dugdale. This edition also features a new foreword by New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Jo Beverley, whose heroine reads The Demon of Sicily in her novel An Arranged Marriage (1999).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.43" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2007
Publisher Valancourt Books
ISBN 1934555118 ISBN13 9781934555118
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Demon of Sicily: A Romance (200th Anniversary Edition) (Gothic Classics)?
"Excellent reworking of 'The Monk'" Nov 6, 2007
Montegue Summers writes of the extremes of this novel, and it is violent! Inspired by M. G. Lewis' THE MONK this novel is far more extreme and grotesque; and the plot is even more intricate. The idea of the perverse monk fascinated the Anglican public in the 18th and 19th Century; and let's not forget that in the 1550 edition of the Common Prayer Book, part of the Litany for the Ordination of Decons reads: "From all sedicion and pryvie conspiracie, from the tyrannye of the Bysshop of Rome, and al hys detestable enormities... 'Good Lord, Deliver Us.'" Crimes of monks and nuns and their melancholy disposition are prevalent throughout Gothic novels, appearing in Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho (Oxford World's Classics) and The Italian; or, The Confessional of the Black Penitents (Valancourt Classics) (Valancourt Classics)
This is a lovely edition featuring cartoonish, but bloody, illustrations from the 1839 edition printed by one of London's most notorious pornographers. The relationship between the monk and the nun is similar to William Henry Ireland's Gondez The Monk, another knock off of Lewis' book. And for those who are interested in a despotic female, there is The Abbess: A Romance. Valancourt has released another notorious "tale of monkish cruelty" Manfroné; or, The One-Handed Monk which is written under the interesting pseudonym "Mary-Anne Radcliffe." For another tale about Monkish intrigue, see the wonderful new edition of The Midnight Bell: A German Story, Founded on Incidents in Real Life (Gothic Classics) which features a marvelous introduction by David Punter, whose observations are similar to those made in Jeffrey Cass' introduction for Valancourt's release of The Necromancer; or, The Tale of the Black Forest, both of which were among the list of "horrid" "Northanger Novels."
The only flaw in this edition of THE DEMON OF SICILY was the choice by the publisher to include a self promoting forward by historical novelist, Jo Beverly, which I suppose her fans will like... but I didn't.