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• Moon Up, Past Full •

Novellas & Short Stories by Eric Shonkwiler

Moon Up, Past Full: Novellas & Stories


“Shonkwiler’s stories capture the rural experience rarely heard—the quiet, dangerous voices of the desperate, struggling for honor among thieves. A stark and timely slice of Americana gothic that both razes and rebuilds.”
—Paula Bomer,
author of Nine Months and Inside Madeleine



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.

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Praise for Moon Up, Past Full


“Sometimes it’s bad decisions; other times it’s just trying to stamp out an existence the only way a person knows how, but the stories within are enough to make most men cry. Shonkwiler has an eye for detail and a lot of heart that he places in each and every sentence to make his words leap from the page and stay with you long after they’ve been read.”
—Frank Bill,
author of Donnybrook and Crimes in Southern Indiana



“God bless the hardscrabble elegance of Eric Shonkwiler’s prose. These stories turn strangers into familiar faces. Battered souls and stoic hearts. Revenge, redemption, mercy. It’s all here for the asking, like an emotional fire sale. Moon Up, Past Full wrings every last emotion out of your heart, but still leaves it full. Quite the magic trick. Comparisons don’t come easy with Shonkwiler’s work. Few others measure up.”
—Anthony Breznican,
author of Brutal Youth



“Eric Shonkwiler is the new voice of the American Heartland. The stories in Moon Up, Past Full touch the scorched heart of the Midwest, and there is something deeply American in the telling, a directness that honors the cowhands and combat vets, single mothers and fatherless daughters, who grit their teeth and lean into those old hard winds.”
—Taylor Brown,
author of In the Season of Blood & Gold and Fallen Land



“Shonkwiler’s stories are pleasantly dusty, country. Full as a tick. Well-written wordy breezes swirling into a blinding windstorm of memorable characters, families, women and men, animals, trucks, guns, bottles of bourbon. This collection is alive and sad and violent, heartbreaking and lonely—steadied by Shonkwiler’s strong hand. He has both the guts and extraordinary talent to keep his reader reading.”
—Leesa Cross-Smith,
author of Every Kiss a War



“Eric Shonkwiler’s prose occupies an impossible space between the timeless and the ephemeral, and the apparent ease with which he crafts worlds and characters makes classifying his style all the more difficult. You and I are in every one of these stories, whether we want to be or not, and our fates are in Shonkwiler’s hands.”
—Schuler Benson,
author of The Poor Man’s Guide to an Affordable, Painless Suicide



“Midwestern voices are hot in fiction right now, and Eric Shonkwiler stands out among them. Moon Up is a collection of short fiction that has the normal and the unfortunate juxtaposed with the supernatural (zombies, witch doctors, ghosts); if you feel small-town life deep in your soul, this is a collection to check out.”
—Susie Rodarme,
Book Riot



“Eric Shonkwiler is one of my favorite writers, and his short fiction is everything that his longer work is—tough, precise, and uncompromising. The stories in Moon Up, Past Full seize the reader with the sense that they will never turn loose. His style is quick and hard and pure. Here’s yet more proof that the best and most daring fiction in America is published by independent presses. Read this book with a bourbon within reach. You’ll need it. In a good way.”
—Charles Dodd White,
author of A Shelter of Others and Sinners of Sanction County



“An eclectic, atmospheric collection bound together with barbed-wire nostalgia. Moon Up, Past Full is quietly poignant and devilishly risky, all while mining the depths of human emotions and delivering an array of gems in intimate, carefully framed moments. Another powerhouse work of startling grace from Eric Shonkwiler.”
—Steph Post,
author of A Tree Born Crooked and Lightwood



Moon Up, Past Full is an engaging read.”
—Kyle Minor,
author of Praying Drunk and In the Devil’s Territory



“Eric Shonkwiler is quickly making his way up my list of all-time favorite authors. For those who may have worried whether he’d fall victim to a sophomore slump, Shonkwiler’s second release is just as sparse and beautifully written. He continues to astound and amaze me with the way he lifts the Midwest up and off the page. The stories are tender and patient but powerful. They are sneaky and wily. The characters hurt and ache, but it’s below the surface. And they ignore the warning signs until it’s too late. They struggle and yet, in Shonkwiler’s hands, they seem so safe. They are speaking directly to you. They demand your forgiveness. They play on your humanity. They got a shit deal, and they played it the best way they could. They are all running from something. And they are all running toward something else. And in the end, we are left wondering whether the past they are leaving behind would have been better than the future they are barreling headfirst into.”
—Lori Hettler,
The Next Best Book Club

About Moon Up, Past Full

• Fiction: Novellas, Short Stories
• Published by Alternating Current Press
• 5” x 8” Perfectbound Trade Paperback
• Cream Paper, 250 Pages
• Also Available in PDF, ePUB, and Mobi Digital Formats
• Print ISBN-13: 978-0692528884
• Print ISBN-10: 0692528881
• Digital ASIN: B016W6QSB0
• Digital eISBN: 1230000734981
• First Edition: October 20, 2015
• Cover Photograph by Mathias Barbagallo
• Interior Illustrations by Christina Collins
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Winner of the Luminaire Award for Best Prose

“Chindi” was the 2014 recipient of Alternating Current Press’ annual Luminaire Award for Best Prose, which honors the best piece of prose of the year. You can read the story and announcement on The Coil.



•Featured in Steph Post’s “Summer Round-Up!”
•Featured in Book Riot’s “8 Small Press Books to Read in October”
•Featured in The Millions’ “Tuesday New Release Day”
•Featured in Monkeybicycle’s “If My Book”
•Reviewed on The Next Best Book Club

About author Eric Shonkwiler

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 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. His second novel, 8th Street Power & Light, was released by MG Press in October 2016. He is the winner of the Luminaire Award for Best Prose, was a finalist in the Best Small Fictions Prize and Pen 2 Paper Fiction Prize, and has formerly served as Regional Editor for LARB, a reader for [PANK], and Editor-in-Chief and Fiction Editor for Crate Magazine. Find him at ericshonkwiler.com and at @eshonkwiler on Twitter.

About illustrator Christina Collins


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 Marrowlicker, forthcoming from Alternating Current Press. Find her at yourfriendchristina.com and at @xtinarc on Twitter.











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