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: May 2016
Frisco Beat: Remembering the Past
Brian Wallace tossed me another link that may be of interest to San Francisco history buffs — with most of the history really early stuff, barely making it into the 1920s. And it’s in cartoon format. But good cartooning, like … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco Tagged Albert Tolf, Brian Wallace, Buffalo Bill Cody, R. Crumb, Ron Henggeler
Hammett: 122 and Counting
Another birthday rolls around for Hammett — no. 122. Plus Christopher Lee and Vincent Price, Harlan Ellison and Linnea Quigley. Henry Kissinger. San Francisco detective Hal Lipset. And more. No cool birthday presents or news this year, that I know … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged Christopher Lee, Hal Lipset, Harlan Ellison, Henry Kissinger, Linnea Quigley, Terry Zobeck, Vincent Price
Hollywood Beat: John Wayne Day
Noticed poking around the web, waiting for the coffee to kick in, that today is John Wayne’s birthday, which reminded me of a chat I had with Leo Grin a couple of weeks back. Leo currently is the honcho of The … Continue reading
Posted in Film Tagged Breitbart, John Ford, John Wayne, John Wayne Day, Leo Grin, The Cimmerian Press, TriplePunchPack
Smackdown: The Morgman vs. the Fires of Hell! and Other Perils
For the delectation of Sword-and-Sorcery fans everywhere, how about a gander at another proof cover for the eBook Enter the Barbarian by Morgan Holmes? Maybe you’d call it a draft cover, though, since it never went out with a proof … Continue reading
Hammett: Via the Film Buff Lens
A Mean Streets tip from Brian Wallace took me over to Paste Monthly and an article on Hammett with a heavy emphasis on movies pulled from Hammett’s work — such as Mifune doing a Samurai version of the Op. If … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film Tagged Bogie, Brian Wallace, Clint Eastwood, Doc Holliday, Mifune, Paste Monthly
Frisco Beat: More William Worley
Trying — unsuccessfully, no doubt — to clear the decks of multifarious backlogged potential posts and flat-out delayed posts, I found this note from James Langdell, who surfed into Up and Down after finding the bit Lester Hardy contributed about San … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Lit Tagged James Langdell, Lester Hardy, Lowell High School, San Francisco Mysteries, William Worley
Hammett: More “Gutman’s Daughter”
You may remember Marc LaViolette from the caper where he noticed something wrong in the Hammett collection Nightmare Town, and rang up Terry “Race” Zobeck, Pure Text Dick, to get to the bottom of it. Mystery solved. Case closed. The usual. … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Lit, News Tagged Casper Gutman, Marc LaViolette, Race Zobeck, Rhea Gutman, Sue Montgomery, Wilmer Cook
Smackdown: The Morgman vs. Noah Ward!
In case someone is interested, how about a look-see at the cover of the new eBook from Morgan Holmes before he got a Hugo nomination? Still a great graphic — the trick is to make the eBook covers pop when … Continue reading
Posted in News, REH Tagged "Noah Ward", Fritz Leiber, Hugo Awards, Morgan Holmes, TriplePunchPack
Rediscovered: Enter the Barb!
Barbarian, that is. . . . Just about a week ago I mentioned the news that Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes was up for a Hugo Award, and said, “Now, if only he had a book out collecting some of the … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News, REH Tagged Almuric, Hugo Awards, Morgan Holmes, Richard Toogood, S.T. Joshi, The Cimmerian, The Cimmerian Press, TriplePunchPack, Weird Tales