Over the last year or so, I’ve mentioned Double Life Press and its principal Craig McNeely on numerous occasions. I’ve told you that DLP has published several of my stories (and one of my daughter’s) in Dark Corners magazine, and that they’ll be bringing out the re-release of Broken Glass Waltzes in just a few weeks. DLP (which is essentially Craig and his lovely wife Emily) has also put out several works from other authors and has gone essentially from zero to a significant voice in the indie genre press in a very short time.
What I haven’t mentioned is that the McNeelys have done this not on a shoestring budget, but on an aglet budget. Craig is physically disabled, having been born with spina bifida, and while he has received some income from the government, he has also done whatever he could find to do in order to take care of himself and his family — including creating a publishing house from whole cloth. However, his physical condition has worsened in recent weeks, and the fact that he and his family live in an Arkansas version of Mondoville means that medical treatment is not always as accessible as he might need it to be. This is compounded by the fact that Craig, Emily, and their kids don’t have a car. On top of that, Uncle Sugar in his wisdom decided that because Craig is married to Emily, he deserves fewer benefits than he used to get as an unmarried man, and has dramatically cut his income. Despite all that, the McNeelys have found a way to encourage and support more than a few of us writers, allowing us to get our work to folks like you who may dig it.
The wolf may not be at the McNeelys’ door, but he’s drooling all over their sidewalk. They’ve decided they need help, and have started a GoFundMe account to try to stabilize their situation. I know that you, my readers, have been generous with your prayers and dollars in the past. If you can spare any of either for the McNeelys, it would be a kindness indeed, and maybe even a down payment on keeping one of the coolest venues for latter-day pulp going. Besides — they’re really cool people, and while we may not be able to help all the cool people who need it, we can help this particular bunch.
I’m also happy to say that I’ve been asked to contribute a story to a benefit collection for Craig and his family. I’ll give you more details on that as it develops. But in the meantime, if you have the means and the desire, you can help some folks who have been paying it forward to the pulp community even before they asked for anything. Why not feel the pleasure of doing something good? Thanks!