About Us


Greenleaf & Plympton is a boutique publisher of gothic novels, both modern and classic.

By "gothic," we specifically mean books of murder, mystery, and magic. These books include some or all of the following characteristics: 

  • A mystery
  • A tinge of the supernatural, a hint of magic, or just some sense that there is something more out there
  • A sense of nostalgia, or of the past haunting the present
  • A deep focus on character
  • A style that is literary, but still accessible

 

These gothic books are NOT necessarily dark and dreary. They often couple a spooky atmosphere with cutting humor, or a sense of whimsy. They're not overly gory or violent, even though they may involve murder, disappearances, and battles. 

Some of the recurring themes you might find in these books include:

  • Old estates
  • Family secrets
  • Secret societies
  • Criminal underworlds/black markets
  • Blackmail
  • Murder mysteries
  • Trains, clocks, maps, and more
  • Isolated hotels
  • Old universities
  • Mysterious figures
  • Mistaken identities
  • Circuses and magic shows
  • Fortune-telling
  • etc.

 

So what books are actually "gothic," under this definition? We've provided some classic examples below.

You'll notice that these books could be categorized across a range of genres, from mystery to literary to fantasy to mystery, but to us, they're perfect examples of the gothic novels that we love.

  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • and much more!

 

Are you just as big a fan of these books as us? Join our community of gothic book lovers, where we share exclusive stories, send letters both print and digital, and give you a gift on your birthday.

You can also browse our catalog of available gothic books.

Also, we're a Michigan company! If you are in the local Detroit/Ann Arbor area and interested in discussing a potential event, email us at media [at] greenleafandplympton [dot] com.

Welcome!

 

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