Montoni; or, The Confessions of The Monk of Saint Benedict (1808)
By Edward Mortimer
Edited by Kory Willis Lloyd; General Foreword by Benjamin Fisher

A young man is suddenly forced to flee for his life from his trusted guardian.
A haunting confession sends him in search of a hidden and mysterious past. A daring rescue reveals the love of his life but can he overcome his lowly station to secure his dream of marriage? Along this journey he discovers love, death, and horror in the tradition of Lewisian Gothic at its best. The ghosts are as real as the hero is valiant and the villain is
as evil as the maiden is hapless. Ghosts haunt and corpses rot, hoping to reveal the evil of their secret and horrific deaths in the deep passages of ruinous castles. Edward Mortimer includes it all in his final known work.

An in-depth introduction provides fresh insight into the question of
authorship that has surrounded Mortimer’s works. K. Willis Lloyd speculates on who the man might have been with some excellent possibilities for the type of author who might have written a work as eccentric and horrific as Montoni; or, The Confessions of The Monk of Saint Benedict.


Jaqueline of Olzeburg; or, Final Retribution (1800)
By Henry Summersett
Edited by Madelon Hoedt; General Foreword by David Punter

After the death of his guardian, the Baron of Olzeburg, Ubric Altorf returns
from the army to the castle where he spent his youth. There he is united
with Jaqueline, the daughter of the late Baron and his childhood
companion, as well as with Julia, the woman he loves. For Jaqueline, the
reunion with Ubric results in emotions that run deeper than simple
friendship, in love and jealousy, pitting her against the woman who
holds Ubric’s heart ...

The shortest of all novels by Henry Summersett, Jaqueline of Olzeburg is
a lurid tale of violent passions and diabolical actions.

The introduction, written by Madelon Hoedt, investigates the main
character of Summersett’s novel: Jaqueline herself. The analysis provided
explores the role of Jaqueline in relation to the other characters, her place
amidst the villains from further works by Henry Summersett, and the
concept of Jaqueline as a ‚female fiend‘.