Five New Books From Double Life Press Today

Double Life Press First FiveDouble 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Quick Quotes—The Week in Publishing

rsz_screen_shot_2015-05-08_at_81939_am “There’s another advantage to being published by a traditional press that very few talk about or even acknowledge, and that’s the fact that your chances are good that your work will be soundly and professionally edited. And even traditional publishing isn’t what it used to be with editing, by and large.”—Les Edgerton at Electric Literature

“The best books deal with complicated, important, and often times controversial topics. Literature can be beautiful and unsettling all at once.”—Steven Petite at Huffington Post Books

“My reading of the report says that sanity is beginning to take hold in self-publishing and that the crazy days of unrealistic expectations are almost over. This is a very good thing.”—Derek Haines at Just Publishing

“When you are attempting to do something original, you are more likely to fail. However in my book, the attempt itself is success. Because when it works, you’ve created something that is entirely yours, that wouldn’t exist unless you had created it.”—Johnny Shaw at Boomtron


“I love how a short story can be anything. However, I always feel a little stingy while I’m writing short stories, because I only have 4000 to 8000 words to explore the idea.”—Erika Krouse at Bad Citizen Corporation

“To make what we write any good at all, we must put ourselves fully into our characters. We have to feel what they would feel, so we can distill those imagined emotions into words on the page, words we hone over and over to evoke an empathic echo in our readers.”—Lois Leveen at The Millions

“It’s easy to forget the impact that a book can have on an individual—especially on a young, impressionable, marginalized, pissed off, typically male individual.”—Mike Harvkey at Publisher’s Weekly

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 novella, CROSSWISE, and his debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015 and 2016.

Interrogation: Tom Pitts

Tom Pitts Photo 2Who: Tom Pitts

What: Tom Pitts received his education on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, working, writing, and trying to survive. His novel, HUSTLE, and his novella, PIGGYBACK, are available from Snubnose Press. His new novella, KNUCKLEBALL, will be released by One Eye Press on March 24th. He is also an acquisitions editor at Gutter Books and a co-editor of the Flash Fiction Offensive.

Where: San Francisco

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

HUSTLE dealt with some pretty dark subject matter, but I found myself cheering for most of the tragic characters. Why did you decide to tackle junkies/hustlers in this novel? 

I was tired of reading characters who were drug addicts whose habits didn’t ring true. You know, junkies who had a needle in their arms when it was convenient to the story, but would then forget about having to shoot up as the plot unfolded—or never experienced withdrawal symptoms. That’s just not the way it is. In reality, there aren’t too many guns out there on the street, because street people sell ‘em for drugs. Nobody has a car, they don’t even have bus fare. Street life is miserable. It’s a desperate kind of lifestyle and I see it get misrepresented all the time. I wanted to throw my two cents in and show a different side to what people think of as the underbelly.

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Do you prefer #writingtips or #writetips?



Either way, I have gotten some great tips from established and emerging authors. I post a new author interview every Monday and always try to include a couple of questions about “advice for new writers.” I have been blown away by some of the responses, so I decided to collect a few of them right here.

Enjoy, and #keepwriting!




(read the Anonymous-9 INTERVIEW)





(read the Mike Monson INTERVIEW)


“Editing and writing, are inextricably linked. For me at least. As an editor, I learn what not to do as a writer. When I write I have the insight of what bores the shit out of me as an editor. Of course, they are very different animals.”

—Joe Clifford


(read the INTERVIEW)




(read the Naomi Hirahara INTERVIEW)


“Find your way of working. Don’t worry about someone else’s word count goal, just reach yours. Don’t worry about how prolific someone else is, write at your own pace. I don’t buy into the ‘write every day’ thing. I get burned out. I get tired. We’re almost all doing it as a sideline to a day job/family/kids/responsibility. If I’m not feeling it, I don’t write that day. No big deal.”

—Eric Beetner





(read the Travis Richardson INTERVIEW)


“The best advice, other than the old stalwarts of read a lot and write a lot, is to be professional and polite. Proofread and revise everything, especially cover letters. I once sent a cover letter with the salutation, “Dead Sir or Madam”—that’s the kind of mistake you only make once.”

—Sam Wiebe



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(read the Erik Arneson & Scott Detrow INTERVIEW)



“One, love what you love. Doesn’t matter who your influences are. Study them like they’re the Torah. Two, read everything. Don’t just read crime writers. Don’t just read white guys. Don’t just read the artsy stuff. Don’t just read the trash. Read everything you can get your hands on. There’s nobody who can’t teach you. It all goes in the hopper. Three, write. Don’t talk about it. Don’t bitch about it. Write.”

—Jake Hinkson



Interrogation: Erik Arneson & Scott Detrow


Who: Erik Arneson & Scott Detrow – Title 18: Word Crimes podcast and audiobook

Where: Pennsylvania/Washington D.C.

erik arnesonWhat: Erik Arneson hosts the Title 18: Word Crimes podcast and free audiobook, and is an editor for Shotgun Honey. His crime fiction has appeared in the anthologies Kwik Krimes, Shotgun Honey Reloaded: Both Barrels Vol. 2 and Off the Record 2: At the Movies; in the magazines NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir, GRIFT, and Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine; and on the websites Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter Online, BEAT to a PULP, and Near to the Knuckle.

Scott Detrow is the voice of the Title 18: Word Crimes podcast and free audiobook. He is a Washington D.C.-based journalist currently covering energy issues for ClimateWire. He spent the bulk of his reporting career in public radio, working for WITF in Pennsylvania and KQED in California. Scott’s work has been heard on NPR programs like Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Interview conducted by email. Some answers have been edited.

What was the inspiration for the Title 18: Word Crimes podcast? How did you two become partners on it?

Erik Arneson: Back in the early 1990s, I was a radio disc jockey, so I’ve always loved audio as a format. When I found Seth Harwood’s CrimeWAV podcast, a lightbulb turned on. I wanted to be on his show – where authors read their own work – but I wanted to do something a little different as well. I contacted Scott, whom I met when he was a reporter for WITF in Harrisburg (I work for a state Senator), and convinced him to record one of my stories.

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