Above All Men Press Release


Robert James Russell or Jeff Pfaller
MG Press

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Above All Men by Eric Shonkwiler

Above All Men – a “Rare, stark, beautiful achievement.”

Eric Shonkwiler’s debut novel, Above All Men, forthcoming from MG Press on March 2014, is the story of war veteran David Parrish, fighting to keep his farm and family together in a near future America leeched of oil.

Advance praise has already been pouring in:

“Shonkwiler takes the world on his own terms, and wrestles it to the ground.”
–Tom Lutz, Editor-in-Chief, The Los Angeles Review of Books

“Shonkwiler has taken an iconic landscape and filtered it through near-collapse and fear, then through loyalty and love.”
–Susan Straight, National Book Award finalist

“Sparse and poetic, the words within these pages are as sharp as a corn knife.”
–Frank Bill, Author of Donnybrook and Crimes in Southern Indiana

“A rare, stark and beautiful achievement.”
–Paula Bomer, Author of Nine Months

About Above All Men

Publication Date: March 2014
Publisher: MG Press
List Price: $15.00 Print / $4.99 eBook
ISBN13: 978-0988201323
Genre: Fiction
Language: English
Page Count: 266
Formats: Print, ePub, Kindle, PDF


Years from now, America is slowly collapsing. Crops are drying up and oil is running out. People flee cities for the countryside, worsening the drought and opening the land to crime. Amid this decay and strife, war veteran David Parrish fights to keep his family and farm together. However, the murder of a local child opens old wounds, forcing him to confront his own nature on a hunt through dust storms and crumbling towns for the killer.

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

Where to Buy

List price: $15 Print / $4.99 eBook
Release Date: March, 2014

Above All Men can be reserved for $1 preorder, at 20% off the list price.

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About the Author

Eric Shonkwiler’s writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, and Midwestern Gothic. He was born and raised in Ohio, received his MFA from The 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 micro-press devoted to publishing a small number of titles each year. An extension of the lit. 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 a Pushcart Prize nominated author and the co-founding editor of the literary journal Midwestern Gothic. His work has appeared in Pithead Chapel, Crime Factory, WhiskeyPaper, Joyland, The Collagist, Gris-Gris, and Thunderclap! Magazine, among others. His first novel, Sea of Trees, is available from Winter Goose Publishing. Find him online at robertjamesrussell.com

Jeff Pfaller is a novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter whose work includes writing multiple on-going comic series, acting as creative director for Saint James Comics, and co-founding Midwestern Gothic, a quarterly literary journal. A Midwesterner through and through since the day he was born, Jeff has transplanted his wife, two children, dog and cat from Michigan to Des Plaines, Illinois.

For more information, visit http://www.midwestgothic.com/mgpress or email MGP@gmail.com

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

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