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: May 2020
Rediscovered: Place of Hawks — a.k.a. Arkham House
Apparently my post the other day on August Derleth and his home Place of Hawks set off a little brush-fire on Facebook. The main point I was disputing was that Derleth lived in a “log cabin” in Wisconsin, and that … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News Tagged Arkham House, August Derleth, Facebook, John D. Haefele, Place of Hawks
Hammett: Birthday 126
Yeah, 126 years ago today Samuel Dashiell Hammett began life as a fat baby, and lived that life as a thin man. Pinkerton’s detective. Pulp writer in San Francisco. Hollywood. Ended up in New York. You probably know the outline. … Continue reading
Sinister Cinema: Holy Spicy Detective, Batman!
Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Sometimes Spicy. Always Hot. For the nineteenth installment in his series, pulp expert John Locke takes us along on another expedition, where we find a unique sighting of a pulp in the … Continue reading
Rediscovered: Time for Derleth
August Derleth is beginning to get renewed evaluation — and not just from our good pal John D. Haefele. Just noticed an article by G. W. Thomas that blurbs Derleth’s 132 appearances in the magazine Weird Tales. Provides a list, … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith, G.W.Thomas, John D. Haefele, Place of Hawks, Seabury Quinn, Weird Tales
Rediscovered: Hannes Bok — “Dear Virginia”
And how about a gander at the letter legendary artist Hannes Bok sent before the one he sent yesterday? Also courtesy of noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook prowling around in his treasure trove, of course.
Posted in Lit Tagged Autographs, Hannes Bok, Kevin Cook, Virgil Finlay
Rediscovered: A Letter from Hannes Bok
And noted book and pulp (and autograph, and letter, and miscellania) collector Kevin Cook thought some of you might like to peruse a letter the legendary fantasy artist Hannes Bok tossed into the mail seventy-eight years ago today. Cool, right?
Posted in Lit Tagged Autographs, Hannes Bok, Kevin Cook
Rediscovered: Theodore Roscoe
Noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook mentioned to me that Up & Down has “yet to feature Theodore Roscoe, who did write fantastic fiction, including two stories in Weird Tales in 1928 — but whom I admire most because … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Argosy, Autographs, Castalia House, Kevin Cook, Morgan Holmes, Theodore Roscoe
Sinister Cinema: Doc Savage Meets Bogie
On Sale Every Wednesday: Pulps in the Movies — and How! Today hero-pulp stalwart Doc Savage shares a scene with Humphrey Bogart. Man, you cannot get any more pulp and movie than that, right? Not that anyone ever spotted Doc’s … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Lit Tagged Bogie, Conflict, Doc Savage, Hitchcock, John Locke, Pulps in the Movies, Rebecca, Vertigo
Tour: Feeling a Trifle Bookish
Ah. The Angela Hill article on the Dashiell Hammett Tour I mentioned yesterday turns out to be only one of several articles in a new supplement to the Mercury News titled Bookish. Bookish. I like it. Couldn’t be more apt … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News, Tour Tagged Angela Hill, Bookish, San Jose Mercury News
Tour: Locked Down and Written Up
Even though the Dashiell Hammett Tour is under lock down, Angela Hill fired off a new article in the Mercury News today against the moment it comes gumshoeing back. Bound to happen — if I can pry myself away from … Continue reading
Posted in News, Tour Tagged Angela Hill, San Jose Mercury News