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: October 2018
Sinister Cinema: Borland’s Mark
You know that Brian Leno collects autographs constantly, but I’m sure he gets an added kick out of the hunt if he can spin a seasonal angle out of it. He tells me that the autographed photo above is “something I … Continue reading
Posted in Film Tagged Autographs, Bela Lugosi, Brian Leno, Carroll Borland, Mark of the Vampire, TCM
Rediscovered: That Cosmic Piping of a Flute. . .
John D. Haefele and I have been batting chapters of his upcoming Lovecraft: The Great Tales back and forth like we’re in some champeen tennis match or something. I’m doing the editing, and after I went under the knife earlier … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Doyle Rice, John D. Haefele, Lovecraft, USA Today
Tour: Two Sundays in November
One Sunday tour left in October, then two more in November to wrap up the year. . . . The pic above came from Mario Ruiz, and he dates it to 2014, when he rolled down from Portland to walk the … Continue reading
Posted in Tour Tagged 891 Post, literary landmarks, Literary Plaques, Mario Ruiz, Sisters-in-Crime
Rediscovered: A Tough Guy Amidst Books
Woke up today to find Nathan Ward had dropped a link on me to his latest tidbit on CrimeReads, of which he says: “Has nothing to do with Hammett or the (newly discovered by the NY Times) Tenderloin. Thought you … Continue reading
Posted in News Tagged Attica, Crimereads, Izzy Zimmerman, Nathan Ward, New York Times, Sing Sing, Tenderloin
Rediscovered: Klarkash-Ton and Brian McNaughton
Kevin Cook, pulp and book collector, recently retired from the New York City scene to a new home in the South. Over the garage he’s had built a library to display the old collection, the first time in his adult … Continue reading
Two-Gun Bob: Famous No.1, then Leno No.1, then. . .
After I blurbed that my new eBook Famous Someday got to no.1 on the Amazon list for Kindle — sub-category horror, sub-sub-category litcrit on horror — I realized that it probably hadn’t been the actual no.1. It was no.1 in the … Continue reading
Posted in News, REH Tagged Brian Leno, Famous Someday, Kindle, Morgan Holmes, Strother Martin, The Cimmerian Press
Tour: Mentioned in the NYT Again
Or so I’m told. After the tour yesterday I dropped in on the Second Sunday gathering of local f&sf fans — the fanzine fans of yesteryear — since this round it was in the Elks Lodge bar near where the walk ends … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, News, Tour Tagged Elks Lodge, New York Times, Second Sunday
Two-Gun Bob: Famous Someday No. 1
Damn. I slept through it! When I woke up today I thought to check to see if the eBook Famous Someday, which I blurbed yesterday, had made it to any kind of sales ranking on Amazon. Turns out it’s doing … Continue reading
Two-Gun Bob: The First Robert E. Howard Biograph TriplePunchPack
Yesterday the eBook Famous Someday popped on Kindle — another Robert E. Howard TriplePunchPack from The Cimmerian Press, but this time instead of litcrit the concentration is on biography. Interviews with people who knew REH. Investigations into books from the library of … Continue reading
Posted in REH Tagged Brian Leno, Famous Someday, Kindle, Morgan Holmes, The Cimmerian, The Cimmerian Press