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: January 2015
Tour: Sunday February 22
We’ve got a Hammett tour coming up fast, where anyone can show up palming twenty bucks and walk the walk — this Sunday, January 18. Next one in line rolls up on Sunday February 22. Meets at noon, near the “L” … Continue reading
Posted in Tour Tagged Burritt alley
Hammett: The Midget Bandit in Portland
I also got in a note from Warren Harris — he of the legendary Midget Bandit Week here on Up and Down These Mean Streets — who continues to delve into the life and criminal exploits of Edwin Ware. Warren … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged Big Read, Edwin Ware, Fresno California, Portland Oregon, Sisters-in-Crime, The Midget Bandit, Warren Harris
Two-Gun Bob: From the Cultural Archives of PulpFest. . . .
Image above from PulpFest 2012, left to right: Rusty Burke, Don Herron, Brian Leno, Indy Cavalier. In the last two or three days Brian Leno popped in a couple of links to that panel we were on during PulpFest 2012, … Continue reading
Posted in News, REH Tagged Brian Leno, Conan, Farnsworth Wright, Frazetta, Indy Cavalier, Lovecraft, PulpFest, Rusty Burke, Sword-and-Sorcery, Weird Tales
Sinister Cinema: The Sound of Fury
In a week or so Noir City is coming up once again in The Castro, with a double bill of the first couple of Thin Man films, Woman on the Run with terrific footage of period San Francisco streets, and lots … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Frisco Tagged "Crooked Souls", "The Gatewood Caper", Brooke Hart, Castro Theatre, CrimeLibrary, Lindbergh baby, Lloyd Bridges, Marion Parker, Mark Gado, Noir City, San Jose, The Sound of Fury
Hammett: “Crooked Souls”
Terry Zobeck is back with another entry in Zobeck: Series Two, in which he details the differences in Hammett texts from those used in the Ellery Queen editions assembled by Frederic Dannay vs. the original magazine wording — the extensive set … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco Tagged "Crooked Souls", "Peter Collinson", "Slippery Fingers", "The Vicious Circle", EQMM, Frederic Dannay, Terry Zobeck, Zobeck Series Two
Hammett: “The Gatewood Thing” Caper
Today is the 54th anniversary of the death of Dashiell Hammett — and starts us toward the five year marker for this blog (although the website itself kicked off in late 2000 — hey, a fifteen year anniversary!). As a mini-memorial, how about a … Continue reading
Smackdown: The Trusty Index vs. the “Fully Tooled” eBook!
Besides me and publisher Leo Grin, the only guy who even suspected there was a Big Secret Project underway in the last months of 2014 was John Haefele, and that’s only because I kept teasing him with little morsels of information and really vague hints — … Continue reading
Posted in News, REH Tagged Book Collecting, Clark Ashton Smith, John D. Haefele, Leo Grin, Robert Bloch, The Dark Barbarian That Towers Over All
Rediscovered: The Morgman Blogs Again!
My Howardian pal of many years, Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes has picked up a new blogging gig — he’s holding down the new-post-every-Sunday position for Castalia House. Covering sf and fantasy, the same material — or around the edges of the … Continue reading
Posted in News, REH Tagged Castalia House, Karl Edward Wagner, L. Sprague de Camp, Morgan Holmes, REHupa, Richard L. Tierney, Sword-and-Sorcery
Sinister Cinema: When I Wasn’t Paying Any Attention Whatsoever, “Hoke” Bit the Dust
Surfing around the net a few days ago, I noticed a blurb for some new TV pilot that included Paul Giamatti in the cast. I wondered, Does this mean that the “Hoke” series for FX never got a pickup? Easy … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News, Willeford Tagged "Hoke", Fox Cable Networks, FX, Hoke Moseley, John Solberg, Oona Chaplin, Paul Giamatti, The Strain, Trisha Telep
Rediscovered: Another Round in the Posthumous Fame Ring for Jim Tully
Up and Down These Mean Streets favorite Jim Tully gets another chance to climb up off the mat and be a contenda — a public radio deal from last November with an illo-filled article. He’s not going to be counted … Continue reading
Posted in Boxing, Lit, News Tagged Jim Tully, literary boozehounds, Mark Dawidziak