Beyond Sunflowers and Starry Nights: Stories Inspired by Vincent van Gogh
by Greg Bogaerts
The best storywriters approach their craft like a weaver turning a messy pile of loose threads into a neat, well-constructed, and beautiful piece of cloth. Greg Bogaerts is a champion storywriter with a vivid and strong imagination. Bogaerts often draws his inspiration from art; in this volume, from paintings by Vincent van Gogh. These twenty-eight short stories, paired with their related van Gogh paintings, will keep you reading until the end, waiting for the next staggering plot twist, the next loathsome or pitiful character, the next surprising and disquieting ending. Readers will come to expect the effusive descriptions that characterize Bogaerts's stories, descriptions that let them hear the cries of his victims, taste the salt on a lover’s skin, smell the filth in the gutters of Paris streets, and feel the anger and distress of the masses. In this collection, Bogaerts brings together color, tragedy, and magic.
ART / General
ISBN: 978-1-947067-36-3 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Greg Bogaerts was born in Newcastle, Australia. In addition to being a writer, he has been a schoolteacher, a solicitor, a laborer with BHP (an Australian-based multinational mining company), and a taxi driver. His stories have been published in journals, newspapers, and anthologies in Australia and the United States. His first collection of short stories, Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget: Inspired Stories About the Ragpicker, Lampshade Vendor, and Other Characters and Places of Old France (Shanti Arts, 2013) was inspired by photographs by Eugene Atget. He has had one novel published—Black Diamonds and Dust (The Vulgar Press, 2005)—and three novellas inspired by paintings by Vincent van Gogh. Bogaerts attended the University of Newcastle where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Diploma of Education, and a Master of Educational Studies degree. He obtained a Bachelor of Legal Studies degree from Macquarie University. Bogaerts is married to Jill and currently lives in Buttaba, Australia.
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