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 2019
For his next Autograph Hound Saturday offering, Kevin Cook turns to the pulpster and film-writer Perley Poore Sheehan — let’s proceed, with Kevin at the wheel: “Perley Poore Sheehan is an unacknowledged master of fantastic fiction. “After serving as Munsey’s … Continue reading
For the rest of Autograph Hound Saturday let’s return to the thrilling days of the early twentieth century pulp scene, and hand the action over to Kevin Cook. Kevin’s got something sneaky going, pulling out John Hancocks from writers who went … Continue reading
John D. Haefele slips a toe into the Autograph Hound Saturday action, writing: “You and your cohorts seem focused on the first third of the twentieth century. “Here is one of interest from the middle. I didn’t even know I had … Continue reading
JB Dickey of the Seattle Mystery Bookshop came out on the walk for Sunday August 11th — he got to the rendezvous point first, so we had time to chat about various things. Such as Michael Connelly’s squiggly “MC” initial … Continue reading
Generally speaking, I wouldn’t bother with politics on the blog — mostly because I’m not in the grip of one of the prevailing derangement delusions. Hammett was a communist. (Or, technically, a rich communist, which makes the whole commie thing … Continue reading
Just a few days ago I was mentioning my stint in 1975-76 in the Lovecraftian MinnCon group, centered in the Twin Cities — with Big Name Lovecraftians coming in from all over the country. Harry Morris Jr tooled up from Albuquerque … Continue reading
I regret dead links in older posts, but not enough to run around trying to find some kind of updated website to re-link to. I figure, get it while it’s hot, and if it’s dead, it’s dead. Ubi sunt, that’s … Continue reading
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday Brian Leno reports: “As an added bonus I’ve included a scan of the signature of Warren Hull, who played the Spider in the two serials, The Spider’s Web (1938) and The Spider Returns (1941). “Hull was … Continue reading
Brian Leno says, “Apologies for bombarding you with so many pictures, but I’ve always felt that some of the Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft bloggers (one very prominent HPL scholar springs to mind) should start including a few … Continue reading