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: September 2015
Sinister Cinema: The Wild Life of Warren Oates
Every year or two I make the plunge into looking at refs to me on Google, though I have never managed to get to the end, if there is an end. Kind of fun to see various previously unknown citations … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Lit, Willeford Tagged Mechanics' Library, Susan Campos, Warren Oates
Rediscovered: Ford — The Flivver King!
Bio Month is rocketing to a finish. Sometime today Nathan Ward is supposed to hit town. His appearance in Mechanics’ Library tomorrow is sold out (but he is dropping into a few bookshops to sign store stock, if you really want an … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News, REH Tagged Brian Leno, flivvers, Henry Ford, Mechanics' Library, Upton Sinclair
Rediscovered: Thumbing the Hammers in the Gun-Dummy Game
Hey, can you tell that I am deep into Will Murray’s history of the pulp western, Wordslingers? A history of a genre, an encyclopedia of mini-biographies of a thousand and one fictioneers, and a debate between the proponents of the … Continue reading
Two-Gun Bob: The Flivver Dither
It is now two days since I rebutted the note on the Two-Gun Raconteur blog about a flivver not being, specifically, a Ford. No corrections or apologies or anything — gee, you’d think Damon Sasser got mad at me or … Continue reading
Posted in News, REH Tagged Damon Sasser, flivvers, literary suicides
Hammett: A Few Notes from a Former Thin Man
Naturally, my post the other day about the first meeting of me and no less than Bill Arney on a tour back in 1982 was noticed by Bill Arney, who says: “Oh, man. “That was my first hat, my first … Continue reading
Posted in Tour Tagged Bill Arney, Literary Plaques, Mike Humbert
Hammett: Getcher Tickets!
Got a note yesterday from the Mechanics’ Library that 71 seats have sold for the appearance by Hammett biographer Nathan Ward (left, pictured in his Brooklyn turf) next Wednesday — if that’s not sold out, it is closing in. Not like … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged Mechanics' Library, Nathan Ward
Rediscovered: “Cthulhu and his myth-cycle”
Okay, John D. Haefele has given thumb’s up to me presenting for your edification one of the new riffs he added to the eBook edition of A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos — hey, a little publicity never hurt anything, right? … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News Tagged August Derleth, Cthulhu Mythos, John D. Haefele, Lovecraft, Robert H. Barlow, S.T. Joshi
Two-Gun Bob: The Flivver Controversy Erupts!
After my post yesterday about flivvers being Fords they added “A Note from the Editor” to the Word of the Week on Two-Gun Raconteur, which reads: Apparently Don Herron has his ignition wires crossed in a recent post on his … Continue reading
Posted in News, REH Tagged Damon Sasser, Donald Wandrei, E. Hoffmann Price, flivvers
Two-Gun Bob: Flivvers
I’ve been irked by the dismal state of Robert E. Howard criticism in recent years, and I’m planning on getting back to the subject next month — which I’m thinking could be LitCrit Month. (Howard criticism, of course, has been … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, REH Tagged Damon Sasser, flivvers