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"The Castle of Otranto" by Horace Walpole and "The Monk" by Matthew Lewis
October is "Horror Month," and thus we will read two 18th century classics of Gothic horror. "The Castle of Otranto," from 1764, is considered the first supernatural English novel. It tells the story of Manfred, prince of Otranto, whose fear of an ancient prophecy prompts him to try to marry his dead son's fiancée, setting him on the road to destruction. "The Monk," from 1796, follows an abbot named Ambrosio and his descent into torture, murder and incest. The book led the House of Commons -- of which Lewis was a member -- to condemn Lewis as licentious and perverse.

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We are passionate book lovers with an affinity for classic fiction. But we don't just read dry texts by old, dead white guys. We explore well-loved works from all over the world, books that remind us why they were so vital in the first place and why they remain such important parts of our literary culture. The people are friendly and intelligent, the discussion is lively, and we are always looking for like-minded readers who love to think and talk.

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