New from Down & Out Books: PARANOIA BLUES edited by Josh Pachter

TAMPA, Fla. - Oct. 31, 2022 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that PARANOIA BLUES: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Paul Simon edited by Josh Pachter has been published on October 31, 2022 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


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 Valjan, 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.

Contributing authors to PARANOIA BLUES: Gabriel Valjan, R.J. Koreto, Robert Edward Eckels, Frank Zafiro, Anna Scotti, Tom Mead, Edwin Hill, Josh Pachter, Cheryl A. Head, E.A. Aymar, Paul Charles, Rebecca K. Jones, Anthony Lee Head, Kristin Kisska, Raquel V. Reyes, Mark Bergin, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Debra H. Goldstein, Eve Fisher, and Martin Edwards.

In its twelfth year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books ( is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, to request a review copy of the book, or to inquire about an interview with the author, contact

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