In 1977 Don Herron began leading The Dashiell Hammett Tour, now the longest-running literary tour in the nation. On this site you’ll find information on current walks — dates, where to meet, arranging tours by appointment — plus a hard-boiled blog with news, reviews of books and film, and a dash of noir.
The latest and greatest edition to self-guide you up and down the mean streets.
Willeford: The Book
Includes the first “Mr. Hunt” story, “Knives in the Dark.”
Monthly Archives: October 2012
Sinister Cinema: Conjure Wife
On the Fritz Leiber Tour the other day I was asked if any movies have been made from his books. Sure. A few, at least — topped by no less than three versions of his excellent supernatural horror novel Conjure … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Lit Tagged A. Merritt, Conjure Wife, Fritz Leiber, Fritz Leiber Tour, Halloween, John D. Haefele, Lon Chaney Jr., Lovecraft, The Walking Dead, Weird Woman
Rediscovered: Becoming Legends
Fritz Leiber, subject of the tour coming up this Sunday, was alive for much of the time I’ve been doing walks. Some of you may remember Hammett tours when we reached 811 Geary Street and did the blurb on Fritz and Our Lady … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, News, Tour, Willeford Tagged 811 Geary, Donald Sidney-Fryer, Fritz Leiber, Harlan Ellison, John Gawsworth, Library of America, M. P. Shiel, Michael Dirda, Our Lady of Darkness, Washington Post
Tour: Fritz Leiber on Sunday October 28
I’m running late, White Rabbit-style, so let’s make this post all business and even skip the illos — if you want to see lots of cool shots of Fritz, hop over to Will Hart’s Flickr archive, especially nice for the annotated … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Frisco, Tour Tagged Burritt alley, Clark Ashton Smith, Corona Heights, E. Hoffmann Price, Franz Westen, Fritz Leiber, Our Lady of Darkness, Will Hart
Hollywood Beat: The Tully Talk
On Sunday the 14th I got up in Denver at the crack-of-dawn (and anyone who knows me can tell you I hate the crack-of-dawn) and began punching the machine toward LA for the talk about Jim Tully in Musso & Frank, … Continue reading
Posted in DMac, Film, Lit, News, Willeford Tagged Book Collecting, Boris Karloff, Charlie Chaplin, Circus Parade, Erich von Stroheim, Frankenstein, Howard Prouty, James Whale, Jim Tully, Larry Edmunds Bookshop, Leo Grin, Lon Chaney Sr., Mark Dawidziak, Musso & Frank, Paul J. Bauer, The Bruiser, The Maltese Falcon Society, The Mummy, UCLA
Tour: Fritz Leiber!
Okay, before I head out the door on another trip, yes, I am planning a Fritz Leiber Tour for Sunday October 28th — details to follow. I figure it won’t begin any earlier than noon, no later than 3 p.m. … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, News, Tour Tagged August Derleth, Cthulhu Mythos, Fritz Leiber, Fritz Leiber Tour, John D. Haefele, Lovecraft, Our Lady of Darkness
Rediscovered: A Rolling Freight Train of Jim Tully Events
Whoa. Falling behind again, as I get ready for another trip, that will wind its way to Denver and ultimately bring me back around to LA in time to hear the Jim Tully talk in Musso & Frank on the 15th. I’ve … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Lit, News Tagged Brian Leno, Jim Tully, Mark Dawidziak, Musso & Frank, Paul J. Bauer, PulpFest, St Marys Ohio, UCLA