Greenleaf & Plympton is a boutique publisher of gothic novels, both modern and classic, including the St. Clair mystery novels.
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
- Murder mysteries
- Trains, clocks, maps, and more
- Isolated hotels
- Old universities
- Mysterious figures
- Mistaken identities
- Circuses and magic shows
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.
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