Monk Lewis

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Matthew Gregory Lewis AKA Monk Lewis

England 1775 – 1818

Comments: BDSM; Gothic horror; gay, but in the closet; His tales involve true supernatural elemental, not evil people. The aim of terror to engage passion, imagination and emotion to uplift Spirit; His mother abandoned the family when he was young; One story is he inherited his father's Jamaican plantation in 1812, but freed all the slaves and went bankrupt; drew some magical imagery from the Little Key of Solomon the King;

Teachers; Ann Radcliffe; Reverend Dr. John Fountain, Dean of York at Maryleborne Seminary; Horace Walpole; William Godwin;

Students: Lord Byron; Marquis de Sade; Mary Wollstonecraft (Shelly); Percy Bysshe Shelley; Charles Robert Maturin; Ed Cameron ; Leopold von Sacher-Masoch; Edgar Allan Poe; Lord Dunsany; H. P. Lovecraft; Arthur Machen; Algernon Blackwood; Robert W. Chambers (author: The King in Yellow); Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward AKA Sax Rohmer, creator of Fu Manchu ; Stephen King, Horror writer; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes; Jules Verne; H. G. Wells;Dennis Wheatley; Ambrose Bierce; Nathaniel Hawthorne, gothic and horror writer; George du Maurier, author of Trilby, 1894, 1834 – 1896; Gaston Leroux, author of Phantom of the Opera, 1910; Anna Laetitia Barbauld, 1773; William Beckford;

Friends: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe;

Enemies: Samuel Taylor Coleridge;

Organizations: British Parliament; British embassy in The Hague; Freemasonry;

Author: The Monk, AKA Ambrosio, 1795; The Epistolary Intrigue; The Life and Correspondence of M.G. Lewis; The East Indian, play; The Effusions of Sensibility; The Castle Spectre, play; Village Virtues: A Dramatic Satire(1796); Tales of Wonder (1801);

Resources: ; read The Monk here - ; or save your eyesight and listen here - ; ; on inspiring a Gay Press; Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment by Monod;