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: December 2012
Rediscovered: At Last, Derleth and His Mythos
Guess it didn’t quite squeak across the finish line in time to make it under the Xmas tree this year — and barely slipped under the wire for a 2012 pub date! — but John Haefele’s book on August Derleth, … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News Tagged "The Festival", August Derleth, Cthulhu Mythos, John D. Haefele, Lovecraft, Rah Hoffman, Vincent Starrett, Xmas
Hammett: More “Corkscrew”
Add Evan Lewis to the list of people — alongside me, Terry Zobeck, Lillian Hellman —who dig the Hammett western satire “Corkscrew.” He just put up a post talking about it and the other contents of the Dell Mapback Nightmare … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged "Corkscrew", "Death and Company", "It", Evan Lewis, Frederic Dannay, Lillian Hellman, pure texts, Terry Zobeck
Two-Gun Bob: More Raconteur
The other day I mentioned in passing some magazines I’ve been associated with over the last thirty-eight years, and to that list you’d have to add Damon Sasser’s REH: Two-Gun Raconteur — one of the earliest of “my” magazines and now certainly … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News, REH Tagged "Conan vs. Conantics", Brian Leno, Damon Sasser, Joe Grim, L. Sprague de Camp, Morgan Holmes, Tad Dorgan, Tad's blind man, The Dark Man
Rediscovered: More Contrappasso
Recently a 1977 issue of The Diversifier that I’d never seen before passed through my hands. It included a memoir of Edmond Hamilton by E. Hoffmann Price and a two-pager I hadn’t known about, in which Fritz Leiber discussed his tribulations … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News Tagged AHMM, Contrappasso, E. Hoffmann Price, Edmond Hamilton, Elmore Leonard, Farnsworth Wright, Firsts, Floyd Salas, Fritz Leiber, Harry Morris, Kindle, Matthew Asprey, Nyctalops, PW, The Cimmerian, The Diversifier, The Romantist, Weird Tales
Sinister Cinema: Cheese Zombies This Saturday!
Since I forgot to mention my previous appearance on Cheese Theatre in a timely fashion, allow me to give several days advance notice of my next guest spot. This coming Saturday, December 8, 10p.m. Pacific Standard Time, you can watch me … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News Tagged Bill Arney, Cheese Theatre, The Last Man on Earth, Vincent Price
Rediscovered: The Down Low and Bad Plus on Willeford
Remember when Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus came to town and wanted to talk Willeford? Talk Willeford we did, and Ethan recorded it, had the thing transcribed by Cullen Gallagher of Pulp Serenade, and he just put the chatter … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News, Willeford Tagged Book Collecting, Cullen Gallagher, Ethan Iverson, Ray Banks, The Bad Plus