From the Booking Desk:
Josh Pachter has edited a string of short story anthologies that are inspired by the works of different artists – from Joni Mitchell to Jimmy Buffett. Now he has once again assembled a diverse collection of authors to tackle the discography of a legend — Paul Simon. Down & Out Books will release Paranoia Blues: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Paul Simon in the near future. I am happy to do a cover reveal for this upcoming anthology and hope you will journey over to the Down & Out Books website to pre-order this new collection and browse their other offerings. Now, let’s take a look at the new cover:
Across five studio albums with Art Garfunkel (1964-1970) and fourteen solo albums (1965-2018), Paul Simon’s music and lyrics have inspired generations of listeners. For Paranoia Blues, nineteen masters of contemporary short crime fiction wrote new stories, each inspired by one of Simon’s songs: one from each of the five Simon and Garfunkel studio albums (plus a bonus second story inspired by a song from Bridge Over Troubled Water) and one from each of the fourteen solo studio albums. The contributors include award-winners E.A. Aymar, Martin Edwards, Cheryl A. Head, Edwin Hill, Tom Mead, Raquel V. Reyes, Gabriel Valjean, and a dozen more—plus the first new story by Robert Edward Eckels in more than forty years! This is the fifth “inspired by” anthology edited by Josh Pachter, a recent winner of the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Golden Derringer Award for Lifetime Achievement; the previous books drew on the music of Jimmy Buffett, Billy Joel, and Joni Mitchell—and the films of the Marx Brothers.