Monthly Archives: September 2021

Hammett: “The Judge Laughed Last”

A decade ago Terry Zobeck did the pure text treatment on the minor Hammett yarn “The Judge Laughed Last” — originally published in 1924 in Black Mask as “The New Racket” — but Evan Lewis has sleuthed out a good … Continue reading

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Mort: Bill Arney

It’s a sad day in Sam Spade’s San Francisco. Got a note from Mike Humbert last night to inform me that Bill Arney died yesterday morning, September 28 2021. As of now, I don’t know what got him. I’m kicking … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More Starrett and a Williamson — Plus a Margo

Awhile back I was chatting with Brian Leno about the great Chicago bookman Vincent Starrett, and mentioned that my preferred state for his Books About Books would be to have a copy (in jacket, nice condition, and so on) inscribed … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Yet Another Tidbit of Starrett and Sherlock

Autograph Hound Super-Sunday once more, and Brian Leno drags out yet another recent purchase for you to eyeball — with the backstory of how he got put on the scent. John Hancock fans, the game’s afoot: I picked up another … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: The Bacall Hideout

Remember that time Bogie escaped from San Quentin and was on the lam? Made his way into San Francisco and had his face touched-up by a back-alley plastic surgeon? Holed up for awhile with Lauren Bacall in a swank apartment … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Windy Reportage

Tom Krabacher sent along a few notes on the recent Windy City pulp convention, held on the outskirts of Chicago. He had a posse lined up to roam the aisles, but for various reasons several bailed on him close to … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Doodlebug

The collection of Lovecraft’s letters to Robert H. Barlow, O Fortunate Floridian, has so many irritating flaws and omissions I honestly think it would be better to toss it on the scrapheap and do a new edition under less fannish … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Barlow and the Becks

Autograph Hound Super-Sunday continues Brian Leno’s recent fascination with the tragic literary figure Robert H. Barlow, spotlighting some of the most recent autograph items he’s picked up as satellites to that interest. And just as one thing connects to another … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Barlow and Burroughs

Another Autograph Hound Weekend looms before us, this one — like many before — anchored by John Hancocks that have drifted into the mitts of Brian Leno, and will never drift out. Not in this lifetime. Take it, Brian: I’ve … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: A Bradbury Footnote

The noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook comments on the Ray Bradbury autographs that have shown up recently on the blog: “I can tell you that he was signing books the same way since the 1950s. “I have dated … Continue reading

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