In January 2013 we unveiled MG Press, a micro-press devoted to publishing a small number of titles each year. An imprint of Midwestern Gothic, our goal with MG Press is similar to the journal: to shine a spotlight on Midwest authors by focusing on works that showcase all aspects of life—good, bad, or ugly. Our first publication was Scott Dominic Carpenter’s This Jealous Earth: Stories, and it’s been a fantastic year promoting Scott’s gorgeous writing and, what we believe, is a fine collection.
And, after searching high and low, we are excited to finally announce our next publication (due out March 2014): Above All Men, a novel by Eric Shonkwiler.
From the back cover:
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.
Above All Men has already received some fantastic advance praise from folks we admire greatly:
“Shonkwiler takes the world on his own terms, and wrestles it to the ground.” –Tom Lutz, 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
In addition, you can pre-order a copy of the novel for only $1, and save 20% off the cover price when it launches next March.
Eric’s writing is sparse, honest and gorgeous, and this story is one we are so thrilled to be able to share with you under the MG Press banner. Read more about Above All Men