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 2019
Brian Leno was digging around in his stuff after telling me that no Halloween would be complete without a zombie — and who could argue that point? Here’s Brian with another treat for the holiday: This Scott Hampton artwork of … Continue reading
For Halloween proper Brian Leno trots out an apt image recently pulled from his holdings: I bought this years ago, and I think, if I remember rightly, purchased it directly from William Stout. Of course it’s an original drawing of … Continue reading
Looks as if it is available to order now: For anyone interested in the history of Arkham House the November/December issue of Firsts: The Book Collector’s Magazine is not to be missed, since it presents the item-by-item checklist to accompany … Continue reading
One of my little hobbies — fairly harmless — involves keeping an eye out to see how my kid protégé John D. Haefele is doing in the collectability department. A couple of months ago I mentioned, in an aside, how … Continue reading
And for the theme of today’s Autograph Hound Super-Sunday, Brian Leno digs another signature from the clay. . . . “I love the German silents,” Brian tells me, “right now a signed postcard of Paul Richter (Siegfried) is on the way from … Continue reading
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday what other Halloween offerings could Brian Leno pull from the crypt? You just know he’s got an iron-bound door in the wall of a sub-basement, and over the door to that crypt the stark name: John Hancock. … Continue reading
To get you in the mood for Halloween this Autograph Hound Saturday, Brian Leno has brought forth from his vault signatures by Candace Hilligoss, Barbara Steele — and now wraps it up with a true icon of the Pop Culture. … Continue reading
For the second offering in his latest Trilogy of Terror, Brian Leno provides a glimpse of the signature of Barbara Steele. Horror icon. Lots of movies, from Black Sunday on down. One of that relatively small group of actors where you must … Continue reading
To further prep his fellow Autograph Hounds for the arrival of Halloween, that most eldritch of holidays, Brian Leno jumps back into action with another triple-threat spread of Heroines of Horror. Today he kicks off Autograph Hound Saturday with a … Continue reading