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Looking for Gothic Mystery Romance
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Hi everyone!

It's been a while since I've visited the forum and that's because I've been busy with the publishing company that I run with my husband.

What I would really like is to resurrect the gothic romance genre. I'm a huge fan of Phyllis A. Whitney, but it's been years since I've read her books. I've been scrounging on eBay and Alibris to find copies of the editions with the covers that I want--I'm talking the pulp fiction covers from the 50s, 60s and 70s, not the flowery, 1980s-Dynasty-big hair style covers that came out in the late 80s/early 90s.

I'm also having to re-educate myself about the genre so any input from this forum would be great.
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#2
Are you planning to republish any of the old ones? I had thought about trying to contact some publishers to do so, but the expense might not be justified in their eyes. I wondered how much the Gothic fans are willing to pay for a good mass market paperback reprint of the old Gothics, complete with the classic covers. I would love to see the Gothics resurrected. Considering the number of books that were published, I don't think I've even read the "tip of the iceberg".
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#3
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paigenumber Wrote:Are you planning to republish any of the old ones? I had thought about trying to contact some publishers to do so, but the expense might not be justified in their eyes. I wondered how much the Gothic fans are willing to pay for a good mass market paperback reprint of the old Gothics, complete with the classic covers. I would love to see the Gothics resurrected. Considering the number of books that were published, I don't think I've even read the "tip of the iceberg".

Hi Paige!

Well, you're right about the expense. We're a small (but growing) press but trying to acquire the rights to reprint and the rights for the original artwork would be out of our budget.

What I want to do is produce new stories that either reflect "classic" gothic romance (whatever that means) or modern versions drawing on those themes. But I still want the pulp fiction-like covers! LOL

I haven't read this genre in YEARS so I'm having to re-educate myself. I've been told that one of the major publishers tried to "revive" the genre a few years back but it didn't catch on. Regardless, gothic romance is one of the many genres I like to read so hopefully we'll get stories that fit.
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#4
Are you looking to publish new authors? I believe we have several members who are writers. And most of them do like the old traditional gothic romances, like the ones you used to read. Though many of us realise that the new romantic thrillers are sort of like the gothics, it is not quite what we mean. So, there's really no need to re-educate yourself. But you can read some of the other threads about different people's views of the meaning of gothic romance and their opinions on what is good and what is not.
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paigenumber Wrote:Are you looking to publish new authors? I believe we have several members who are writers. And most of them do like the old traditional gothic romances, like the ones you used to read. Though many of us realise that the new romantic thrillers are sort of like the gothics, it is not quite what we mean. So, there's really no need to re-educate yourself. But you can read some of the other threads about different people's views of the meaning of gothic romance and their opinions on what is good and what is not.

My husband and I own/operate LL-Publications and Logical-Lust Publications.

LL-Publications is the parent company focusing on genre and literary fiction. http://www.ll-publications.com

Logical-Lust is our imprint that publishes erotica, romance, and their sub-genres. http://www.logical-lust.com

We've recently started blogs for each:

LL-Publications - http://llpublications.wordpress.com
Logical-Lust - http://logicallust.wordpress.com

You can learn more about the mystery/suspense call for submissions at our LL-Publications blog.

If you're interested, please do take a look around our websites and our blogs. Like I said in my post, we are a small press. We are interested in quality and not quantity. We can wait until we find the right book to publish. We publish new and established authors, but the quality and skill of the writing is the key.

If anyone wants to make a submission, please read our guidelines very carefully. http://www.ll-publications.com/subguidelines.html

Feel free to pass this on!

Thanks!

Zetta Brown (AKA Bastet Smile
Editor-in-Chief
LL-Publications
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#6
great ideas Bastet and it sounds like you definitely have the resources and know-how to pull this off. A similar thing is happening with pulp/noir hard boiled type fiction, new works being published in the old 30s-50s tradition of that genre with artwork imitating the early styles (think: Jim Thompson et al).

I'm 94% complete with a manuscript that started out as a traditional gothic romance (set in 1969) but well into act three there seems to be a lot of "reality bending" (alas, our poor heroine is MAD) and there won't be a cheery romantic conclusion.

I had posted excerpts on a writer's forum and all my critiquers did their very best to talk me out of it, targeting the "antiquated style") and urging me to read contemporary romantic suspense (referring to them as "gothic" - it seems only readers of our forum here really understand the difference) In fact my whole reason for writing this story was as a sustained exercise in style.

ANyway, just checking in with my two cents worth. While you're here, don't forget to peruse our cover art library (sub forum of gothic book reviews) there are several hundred scans of covers from the golden era of 20th century gothics. A feast for the eyes!
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Monique Devereaux Wrote:great ideas Bastet and it sounds like you definitely have the resources and know-how to pull this off. A similar thing is happening with pulp/noir hard boiled type fiction, new works being published in the old 30s-50s tradition of that genre with artwork imitating the early styles (think: Jim Thompson et al).

Hi Monique!

Good luck with finishing your manuscript. I know how tough it can be.
Yes, and I'm glad for the revival. I love retro stuff--even if it's as "retro" as my childhood LOL

And I love the old covers. Since I've moved a lot (most recently to Scotland) I am trying to rebuild my library with books I used to have--along with the same covers. I love the Fawcett/Crest covers of the old P.A. Whitney books, but I'm also trying to grow a pulp fiction collection.

Our cover artist is very versatile and I'd like to have a range of mysteries evocotive of the old style. They can be classic noir or gothic or whatever, or more contemporary--but with the vintage-look covers, if that makes sense!

Bastet
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#8
there are a handful of flickr groups dedicated to all sorts of vintage paperback covers, not many gothics other than my contributions under the profile name Sebastian Quinn

http://www.flickr.com/groups/vintagepaperback/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/pulpfiction/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/paperbacks/
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#9
Monique Devereaux Wrote:there are a handful of flickr groups dedicated to all sorts of vintage paperback covers, not many gothics other than my contributions under the profile name Sebastian Quinn

http://www.flickr.com/groups/vintagepaperback/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/pulpfiction/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/paperbacks/

Thanks! I'll check these out.

I'm going to be redoing my author webpage in the near future and I'd like to have a "pulpy" look. LOL
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#10
I just joined the forum about ten minutes ago. So I haven't read all the threads, etc. I haven't read any gothics in years but I did read them when I was younger and I really enjoyed them. Presently -- I'm a librarian, although in my former life I was a writer, and, no I have never written a gothic romance.

If anyone is looking for a specific author or a specific title, cover, whatever, please post it here. I'm in charge of library book sales and it is not uncommon for us to get an estate's entire book collection, of course when this happens I'm literally up to my eyeballs in books! So if you can't find what your looking for, maybe it's in my "slush" pile.
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