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Moon Up, Past Full by Eric Shonkwiler

We are excited to share with you this new video book trailer for Alternating Current’s latest release, Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of dark, rural Midwestern novellas and stories, written by Eric Shonkwiler and illustrated by Christina Collins, coming to print and ebook this Tuesday, October 20th, 2016.

As Faulkner’s voice portrayed the South and Breece D’J Pancake’s represented Appalachia, Eric Shonkwiler captures the Midwest, with this collection of novellas and short stories that peels back the edges of rural existence to expose the heart of it. Through parental neglect, rebellious sons and daughters, drug-addled war veterans, backwoods zombies, injured firemen, car thieves, witch doctors, and Navajo ghosts, Shonkwiler brings you a disregarded world you can no longer ignore—one thriving with the mundane, the bruised, the unheard. Here is the voice of the rest of us, spoken only the way firsthand experience, rooted deep in overworked soil, can say it.

ERIC SHONKWILER has had writing appear in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere. He was born and raised in Ohio, received his MFA from University of California-Riverside as a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow, was recently selected as a New River Gorge Winter Writer-in-Residence in West Virginia, and has lived and worked in every contiguous U.S. time zone. His debut novel, Above All Men (MG Press, 2014), won the Coil Book Award for Best Book in the Independent Press, was chosen as a Midwest Connections Pick by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, and was included as a Best Book of the Year selection on multiple lists, including The Next Best Book Club’s and Chicago Book Review’s. He is the winner of the Luminaire Award for Best Prose, was a finalist in the Queen’s Ferry Press Best Small Fictions Prize and Pen 2 Paper Fiction Prize, and has formerly served as Regional Editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, a reader for [PANK], and Editor-in-Chief and Fiction Editor for Crate Magazine: The Journal of UCR. His second novel, 8th Street Power & Light, has been picked up for publication in Fall 2016. Find him at ericshonkwiler.com and at @eshonkwiler on Twitter.
CHRISTINA COLLINS is a writer, visual artist, and musician, living in Minneapolis. She holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop and is a founding editor of Lockjaw Magazine and the author of the poetry collection, Conspiracy of Beauty, published by Gertrude Press.

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