SMFS list member Gary Phillip’s short story, “A Matter of Options” prompted by the Depression-era painting “Why Not Take the L” by Reginald Marsh appears in the new anthology, From Sea to Stormy Sea: 17 Stories Inspired by Great American Paintings. Edited by Lawrence Block, the read is available in print and digital formats. Published by Pegasus Books, the read is viable from the publisher and other vendors including Amazon.
In the third installment of his acclaimed illustrated anthology series, master of crime fiction Lawrence Block has gathered together the best talent from popular fiction to produce an anthology of short stories based on masterpieces of American art.
Seventeen stories by seventeen brilliant writers, inspired by seventeen paintings. That was the formula for Lawrence Block’s two ground-breaking anthologies, In Sunlight or in Shadow and Alive in Shape and Color, and it’s on glorious display here once again in From Sea to Stormy Sea.
This time the paintings are exclusively the work of American artists, and the roster includes Harvey Dunn, John Steuart Curry, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Frankenthaler, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, Grant Wood, and Andy Warhol. Among the star-studded lineup of writers you’ll find Warren Moore, Jerome Charyn, Jane Hamilton, Christa Faust, John Sandford, Sara Paretsky, Charles Ardai, Barry Malzberg, and Janice Eidus.
It’s an outstanding collection, with widely divergent stories united by theme and culture, and―no surprise―beautifully illustrated with full-color reproductions of the seventeen paintings.
Including stories by: Sara Paretsky, Jan Burke, Warren Moore, Patricia Abbott, Christa Faust, Jerome Charyn, Barry Malzberg, Scott Frank, Brendan DuBois, Tom Franklin, Gary Phillips, Charles Ardai, Micah Nathan, Janice Eidus, John Sandford, Jane Hamilton, and Lawrence Block.
Illustrated with 17 color plates, one for each story.