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Though it is probably impossible to state the precise number of penny dreadful novels authored by Rymer, since they were often published anonymously or under a pseudonym (sometimes an anagram of his name, such as “Errym” or “Merry”), they may have numbered one hundred or more. Several of these, including Ada, the Betrayed (1843) and The Black Monk; or, The Secret of the Grey Turret (1843-44) were tremendously successful, but his most important contributions to popular culture came with The String of Pearls (1846-47), which introduced the character of Sweeney Todd, the murderous barber of Fleet Street, and Varney the Vampire; or, The Feast of Blood (1845-47), the first full-length vampire novel in English.
In 2014 we published the massive The Black Monk; or, The Secret of the Grey Turret (1844) complete in 636 pages, with all 54 original illustrations, plus a fine introduction by Curt Herr and suitably lurid cover art by David Flora. THE BLACK MONK is an old-fashioned Gothic tale in the style of Walpole and Radcliffe, with a generous helping of Sir Walter Scott thrown in for good measure, and should appeal to those who enjoy our 'Gothic Classics' series or our other Victorian penny dreadfuls.
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Brandon Castle is full of mysteries and terrors!
Lonely candles give feeble light to the eerie chill of the castle’s endless hallways. Winding staircases descend into damp crypts of discarded skeletons while rat-infested secret passages lead to satanic altars. Towering over the castle’s dank moat is the mysterious Grey Turret. Filled with legends of shadowy ghosts and terrifying demons, its only door has been locked for centuries.
Someone has discovered the key and wants the terrifying power locked away in the Grey Turret. Who dares to defy the legend of the Grey Turret? Agatha? Hungry for power, nothing can stand in her way! Eldred? Her nervous brother, the perfect foil for a murderous plan? Sir Rupert? The brave knight suffering from a heartbreaking loss? Nemoni? The mysterious wild-man of the woods? The Black Monk? Aided by Satan’s black magic, can he be stopped?
Serialized in British newspapers throughout 1844, The Black Monk is an excellent example of the Victorian penny dreadful. Each week, eager readers would await the next penny’s installment and The Black Monk delivered so many thrills and terrors that it became the mid-century’s publishing phenomenon.