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: August 2016
Man, no one could translate the fiction of Robert E. Howard into an image like Frank Frazetta! — as above, in his painting for the Lancer paperback of the novel Conan the Conqueror, and in pretty much every other Howardian image … Continue reading
Occasional Guest Blogger Michael S. Chong popped in news that Death is a Lovely Dame by Jeff Vorzimmer has hit the mean streets — classic lines from crime novels, classic covers. Michael notes that it contains some excerpts from Hammett … Continue reading
If you know much about August Derleth, you know he made his rep equally between writing for pulps such as Weird Tales and doing the more artsy wordplay for Little Reviews — eventually he even combined the two fields of … Continue reading
— but loses Best Fan Writer Hugo to Mike Glyer, the guy who does the newszine File 770. Maybe next year. But Morgan knocked the hell out of Noah Ward. At least I think that’s what happened. If you want … Continue reading
If I don’t have the dates all messed up, I think tonight we learn whether or not Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes goes from Hugo Nominee to Hugo WINNER! And good luck, Morgan. As a scholar of decades standing in the … Continue reading
Race Williams, that is. . . . I got Them That Lives by Their Guns around Thanksgiving last year, and promised I was going to give it a fair shake. Read each and every story. And read them all I did … Continue reading
Slightly over twenty people did the “just show up and walk the walk” routine for the tour yesterday. I always think of twenty as being the average number of tourists gumshoeing the mean streets on the walk over the years, though … Continue reading
Hey-hey, after my post yesterday detailing just one example of the horrible — I say, horrible, son, truly horrible — uncredited cribbing on Todd Vick’s Robert E. Howard fan site, today they have added a  to the bit about … Continue reading
The last time I covered a Robert E. Howard vehicle, if you recall, it was in the form of the Model T Ford, a.k.a. the flivver. Got a whole series of posts out of that one, if you want to … Continue reading
Suddenly people are popping me links to a 2011 article from The Guardian about Hammett’s Lost Works Found in Texas — must have surfaced on Facebook or someplace. Yeah, yeah. I knew about it at the time and ignored it, … Continue reading