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 2019
Okay, I know what you’re thinking: What kind of Lost Race Auto Weekend is this, anyway, if you don’t lay down an H. Rider Haggard? I agree, so we sent Brian Leno into the darkest corners of his cubbyholes and … Continue reading
Continuing today’s Autograph Hound Super-Sunday theme of Lost Race — sometimes known as Lost World, guess the fine line drawn depends on how exotic the race involved in the action may be, but the baseline is the Lost part — we bring … Continue reading
Months ago I was emailing back and forth with Kevin Cook and he mentioned that he was thinking about getting rid of a couple of his Lost Race novels, because they were duds and he’d never read them again. Now, … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday once more, and it looks as if the theme for the weekend is “Lost Race” John Hancockery. You know the Lost Race genre, where one dude or another — Alan Quartermain or Tarzan, usually the athletic type — often as … Continue reading
If we’re celebrating John D. Haefele’s landmark article on Modern Arkham House Ephemera in the September/October issue of Firsts (with the checklist of items to follow soon in the November/December issue) — and we are — then how about bringing … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday rolls around once again, and What the Hell! Brian Leno is off for the weekend on an expedition into the darkest corners of lowlife gambling dens, and he’s incommunicado. Kevin Cook apparently is digging through all his … Continue reading
Watching Jeopardy!, S36 E8 for 9/18/19, I roused to some attention when they did a clew featuring Lillian Hellman — but, hey, it’s only Lillian Hellman, who cares, right? Since they just did Hammett recently, I admit I was caught completely … Continue reading
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday (Revisited), Kevin Cook dips into his archival material to do a showcase on another of his favorite authors: Abraham Merritt. If you recall, Kevin got interested in the concept and potential ramifications of the autograph weekends … Continue reading
And finally for this incarnation of Autograph Hound Saturday Revisited we lay out another signature from Clarence A. Robbins, often billed as C.A. Robbins, but best known as Tod Robbins, who wrote the story that served as the kernel of … Continue reading