8th Street Power & Light Press Release

Robert James Russell or Jeff Pfaller
PO Box 4341
Des Plaines, IL 60016


Announcing 8th Street Power & Light, Eric Shonkwiler’s gritty follow up to Above All Men

Eric Shonkwiler’s second novel, 8th Street Power & Light, forthcoming from MG Press in October 2016, is the dystopian noir story of Samuel Parrish, doing thankless work in an abandoned Midwestern city for the last vestige of order and days gone by. But when Samuel rousts a well-connected dealer, he uncovers a secret that threatens to put the city back in the dark.

Advance praise and reviews have already been pouring in:

“Shonkwiler is the fearless new voice of the American Heartland.”
—Taylor Brown, author of In the Season of Blood and Gold and Fallen Land

“The twists and turns will leave you breathless, but it’s Shonkwiler’s restraint with language and dialogue that’ll keep you coming back for more.”
—Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan’s Inheritance

“A dystopian (Mid)western, Eric Shonkwiler’s 8th Street Power & Light is a furious read, pages soaked in the lapsed whiskey of the near-future. The prose is a deadeye’s; the pace is relentless. A hell of a lot of fun.”
—Nicholas Mainieri, author of The Infinite

“8th Street Power & Light is a terrific science fiction noir novel, featuring a protagonist as damaged as the almost-recognizable America he’s enduring. A first-rate read.”
—Scott Phillips, author of Hop Alley, Cottonwood, and The Ice Harvest

“This novel is also a riveting tale of love, friendship, compassion, and violence, and would make Raymond Chandler and Cormac McCarthy proud.
—Berit Ellingsen, author of Not Dark Yet
About 8th Street Power & Light

Paperback 5″ x 8″
ISBN: 978-1-944850-03-6
Languages: English
Page count: 238
Genre: Literary Fiction
Formats: Print, PDF, ePub, .mobi
In an abandoned Midwestern city, there’s one last vestige of order and days gone by: 8th Street Power & Light. Part government, gang, and power company, 8th Street tasks Samuel Parrish with keeping the city clear of meth and bootleg liquor. Most nights, Samuel tracks down criminals, while others find him navigating hazier avenues: in between drinking and fighting, he’s falling for his best friend’s girl. But when Samuel rousts a well-connected dealer, he uncovers a secret that threatens to put the city back in the dark.

To request a print, PDF, mobi or ePub advance review copy, email MGP@midwestgothic.com

Where to Buy
List price: $15 Print / $4.99 eBook
Release Date: October 25, 2016

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About the Author
Eric Shonkwiler is the author of Above All Men, a novel, and Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of novellas and stories. His writing has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Lit Pub, and The Millions. Born and raised in Ohio, he received his MFA from University of California-Riverside, and has lived and worked in every contiguous U.S. time zone.

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About MG Press
MG Press is a publisher devoted to a select number of titles each year. An extension of the literary journal Midwestern Gothic, MG Press retains the same core values: shining a spotlight on Midwest authors by focusing on works that showcase all aspects of life—good, bad, or ugly.

The authors and books chosen exemplify these traits; they are representatives of the Midwest, and aim to celebrate what makes the Midwest such a unique place, highlighting our mythologies, stories, and culture that the world may be missing out on.

MG Press is based out of Chicago, Illinois.
About the Founders
Robert James Russell is the author of the novels Mesilla (Dock Street Press) and Sea of Trees (Winter Goose Publishing), and the chapbook Don’t Ask Me to Spell It Out (WhiskeyPaper Press). Nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, his work has appeared in numerous publications, both print and online. You can find him online at robertjamesrussell.com.

Jeff Pfaller is a co-founder and fiction editor for Midwestern Gothic, a quarterly literary journal focused on celebrating Midwestern writing and authors. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in James Gunn’s Ad Astra, Jupiter, North Chicago Review, and Fiction on the Web. His short story, “The Cellar Door,” earned an honorable mention from L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest.

For more information, visit http://www.midwestgothic.com/mg-press or email MGP@midwestgothic.com

To request a print, PDF, mobi or ePub advance review copy, email MGP@midwestgothic.com

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