Paranoia Blues:

Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Paul Simon

edited by Josh Pachter

This is my fifth "inspired by" anthology, following The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell, The Great Filling Station Holdup: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Jimmy Buffett, Only the Good Die Young: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Billy Joel, and Monkey Business: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Films of the Marx Brothers.

For this one, I originally planned to limit the contents to one story per Simon and Garfunkel studio album and one story per Paul Simon solo studio album, for a total of nineteen stories. As my deadline approached, however, one of the stories I commissioned turned to be unusable, and I reached out to two different authors, hoping one of them might be willing and able to come up with a worthy substitute on very short notice. As it happened, they both did, and -- rather than taking one and rejecting the other -- I decided what the hell, it's my book, so I can make whatever rules I feel like making, and so there are two stories representing the Bridge Over Troubled Waters album and a total of twenty stories in the book.

As before, I wrote the title story myself, and my "Paranoia Blues" is set in Cleveland, where I lived from 1991 to 2006. Robert "Junior" Lockwood was a real person as described in the story, and I did indeed spend most of my Wednesday evenings listening to him at Fat Fish Blue and talking with him during his breaks. That's a picture I took of him over at the left.

Kristopher Zgorski did a cover reveal at BOLO Books, and the trade paperback and e-book came out in October 2022.

You can order the book from Down and Out Books, and it's also available on Amazon.

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