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
- 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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