Double Life Press founder Craig T. McNeely is not a man with small ambitions. His company burst onto the Indie crime scene in 2014 with the quarterly pulp fiction magazine, DARK CORNERS. The formation of Double Life Press followed shortly thereafter, with the stated goal of publishing writing “without boundaries.”
So it should come as no surprise that his publishing company is releasing its first five books on the same day. They are:
- THE THRILLVILLE PULP FICTION COLLECTION by Will Viharo, Vol. 1-3, is a series of “double features” reprinting the best work of underground literary legend Will Viharo in new, definitive editions.
- TREVOR ENGLISH by Pablo D’Stair collects five novellas featuring the titular character in one volume as they were meant to be read. D’Stair is one of the most original voices in crime fiction, as well as a filmmaker and ten thousand other things.
- DEATH THING by Andrew Hilbert is a horror novella about a guy named Gilbert who converts his car into a death trap because he’s sick of people breaking into it at night. Its scary and mean and hilarious and unlike anything else you are likely to read this year.
I was lucky enough to interview McNeely last month about Dark Corners and Double Life Press. Here are a couple of excerpts from my interview with Craig T. McNeely:
DARK CORNERS burst onto the scene in late 2014 and has already spun off into a publishing company called Double Life Press. What is your background and how did it prepare you for a career in Indie publishing?
I don’t know how my life led to a career in indie publishing. It is not something I could have conceived of five years ago. I know that I’ve lived and breathed books for as long as I can remember and I know that this is what I was meant to do. However, I suppose Double Life Press, as you say, “spun off” from Dark Corners.
The company and the press were started for the same purpose: to tear down the boundaries that the publishing industry has built for itself or, even better, to bring attention to the fact that these boundaries don’t exist. I’m not sure they ever did.
So then, I suppose you could say that my own writing career and my time editing Dark Corners “prepared” me for Double Life Press. There are many writers who did not get a fair chance, or even a chance at all in some cases, and the readers have suffered because of it. I’m here to let these unclassifiable books and writers shine. I’m here to talk about the things the other guys don’t want to talk about.
What sets Double Life Press apart from all of the other Indie publishes out there these days? What is the appeal of Double Life Press for the writers you work with?
What sets DLP apart is that we have no boundaries here. We aren’t a crime fiction publisher or a horror fiction publisher or anything like that. We’re a publisher. You can pick up a Double Life Press book and expect to find a bold, interesting, unique perspective. You can expect to see great cover art because we care deeply for our authors and their books here, and we care deeply for our readers too.
I think our writers appreciate that their creations are in good hands. Double Life Press is here to work with the writers to make these books the best books they can be.
Read the whole interview HERE.
Check out Double Life Press on Facebook HERE.
S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published in 2016.