Friday, October 5, 2018

Interview with Andrew MacRae, Publisher of Darkhouse Books

I have the pleasure of interviewing Andrew MacRae who has published numerous short stories, mostly in the crime and science fiction genres, and two novels, Murder Misdirected and Murder Miscalculated, both about a reformed pickpocket who keeps getting into trouble. A misplaced Midwesterner, he now lives in Northern California.
 As editor-in-chief at Darkhouse Books, Andrew has edited anthologies of stories, essays, and poetry, including Black Coffee, Stories from the Near-Future, Descansos. and The Anthology of Cozy-NoirDarkhouse Books’ fall releases are Sanctuary, Duck Lessons, and Shhhh… Murder!

Question: What is the title and genre of your most recent anthology?  Why did you select them?

Answer:ShhhhMurder!” Mostly-cozy crimes set in and around libraries. As for how stories were selected, I am easily seduced by a story with a great opening and with an ending to match. With regard to this anthology, we looked for stories that (mostly) celebrate libraries and librarians.

Question:   What inspired this book? How did it come about?

Answer: Date-stamp ink runs in my family’s blood, and libraries have always been our second home. Besides, what better setting for cozy mysteries?

Question:   Can you tell us about some of your other published books?

Answer:  We have close to twenty titles available now. They are mostly crime fiction anthologies and novels, along with a smattering of science fiction titles. We have recently added a literary side to Darkhouse Books with two anthologies, Descansos and Sanctuary, as well as a collection of short stories by James LeCuyer, and two collections of poetry due out in a few months.

Question:   What are you working on now?

Answer:  Developing themes and timelines for our next anthologies. There’s a surprising amount of planning that must go into such. We are also devising a strategy for publishing novellas, either as three to a book, or standalone.

Question:   What made you start publishing?

Answer:  The confluence of the invention of print-on-demand paperback printing and the widespread acceptance of eBook readers allowed me to fulfill a life-long dream, one that began with a toy rotary printer in the fifth grade.

Question:   What advice would you offer to those who are currently writing?

Answer: To paraphrase Robert Heinlein: Keep writing. Don’t stop writing until your story is done. Then send it out and keep sending it out until your story is published.

Question:  Where and when will readers be able to obtain your book?

Answer:  (buy links)
Our catalog may be found on our website, as a rotating carousel.

Shhhh… Murder! is available now in paperback and eBook format. Bookstores and libraries may order it through their regular vendor, Ingram, via the name or the ISBN number. (978-1-945467-14-1).
Barnes & Noble paperback:
Amazon paperback:

 Andrew is available for questions and comment.


  1. I'm glad to learn more about Darkhouse Books. Sounds interesting.

  2. Great interview!
    Wishing you the best of luck and God's blessings

  3. I always appreciate interviews that send the message to follow your dreams.:)

  4. Thanks, Jacqueline. Great interview. Good Luck, Andrew MacRae with this and future books.

  5. Informative interview. I enjoyed finding out what influenced Mr. MacRae to go into publishing and about Darkhouse Books.

  6. Thanks for stopping by and reading the interview!

  7. Nice interview, Jacqueline. I enjoy learning about new publishers. Question for Mr. MacRae - how would you define Darkhouse? Small press? Boutique publisher?

    1. Catherine,

      I hope I don't misspeak but I believe this is a boutique press.

  8. Best of luck to Andrew and Darkhouse. I'm impressed by people who have the courage and fortitude to go with the vision and passion.

  9. I am scared to death of high bridges and I fear each and every snake, even the harmless ones.
    But I do love a scary book! I write Southern Gothics rife with spirits of angry slaves who are not particularly nice to the inhabitants of an old Virginia estate.
    Love your books, Jacquie!