Monthly Archives: October 2021

Mort: Floyd Salas

Just got word that Floyd Salas died Sunday the 17th at the age of 90. Tattoo the Wicked Cross, baby. His companion of 38 years, Claire Ortalda, did the obit for Berkleyside — an excellent piece of writing, rounding up … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Chicken-Fried Cthulhu

This morning Brian Leno hit me with a curiosity that could appeal to Lovecraft fans everywhere, an inimitable rendering of a pivotal moment in “The Call of Cthulhu” (at least, I’m fairly confident that’s the mise–en–scène for this tableau). “Went through … Continue reading

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Hammett: Some Jeopardy! Mojo?

It’s been a few months since Jeopardy! dipped into the Hammett clew pile, a sprawling mass of info and allusion that might well go on forever. On Monday October 11, they offered in the Double Jeopardy round a $400 clew, … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Haefele on The Candlelight Press

For you bibliophiles out there, John D. Haefele just put up a comprehensive yet compact history and survey of The Candlelight Press — one of the presses August Derleth of Arkham House had a couple of fingers in for a … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Mark Coggins on 891 Post and Bill Arney

Just got a note from crime writer Mark Coggins rounding up some stuff about the late Bill Arney on Twitter. One of the links offers Bill reading something by Mark on KQED. I bet there’s a lot of Bill’s voice … Continue reading

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Hammett: Slick Dannay Blurbs from EQMM

Today Evan Lewis dropped Part 1 of a new series in which he shows off the little introductory blurbs Frederick Dannay gave to various Hammett stories as he reprinted them in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. They’re probably different than the … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Up in Spade’s Room

Thomas Burchfield just put up an article on the late great Bill Arney — especially useful because it first appeared in 2009 and contains lots of info on Bill’s movements in San Francisco. I’d almost forgotten the breakup with a … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Avenger

Autograph Hound Super-Sunday again. It’s always Autograph Hound Super-Sunday in The House of Leno. Today Brian is keeping it light, showing off a couple of items related to the pulp hero The Avenger — The Avenger, not as big as … Continue reading

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