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: January 2022
An hour long interview with Ken Hite on an international podcast finds him referring (roughly from counter 45-48) to “the great Lovecraftian John Haefele” — and don’t panic, the language breaks into English after two or three minutes. I especially … Continue reading
As John D. Haefele and I sit down to the ordeal of finally pulling together a book on Classic Era Arkham House advertising ephemera, an obvious challenge will be tracking down every possible scrap of paper that acted as Arkham … Continue reading
Courtesy an eagle-eyed bud of mine, ever perched over eBay, I landed a couple of Items of Arkham House ephemera I needed just a couple of days ago. If you consult the list I did of the classic era Derleth-Wandrei … Continue reading
Dropped in on a memorial party for the late great Bill Arney last night in 891 Post, tales were told of his exploits, we found the raw footage of his epic toy tank battle filmed in Death Valley or someplace, … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday and Brian Leno pulls an image from his collection as a gesture of “respect for Yvette Mimieux, who died on the 17th.” Struggling with a Wellsian Morlock from the beloved 1960 George Pal production of The Time … Continue reading
“I’ve been aware of your blog for years,” Bill Mullins told me in a recent note, “but have recently started reading it more closely via being acquainted with Terry Zobeck.” Bill’s one of those guys jumping into the quest for … Continue reading
Terry Zobeck, back on the Mean Streets — and today he tells us about “a tongue-in-cheek article that Hammett published in 1934” with a link to its appearance in the November 8, 1934 issue of the Hartford Courant. “I verified … Continue reading
Noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook sends along some more food for thought, following up the musings he closed out the last year on. Here’s Kevin: The newspaper reprint phenomenon has more elements than we have touched on. For … Continue reading
The Hammett newspaper reprint action keeps churning! Terry Zobeck popped me a note taking the search for newsprint Op yarns Down Under. Even my informants have informants. Here’s Terry: Our correspondent from Australia, Warren “Woz” Sproule, from a few years … Continue reading