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: July 2022
Noir: More Murderous Monday
On Saturday July 23 I pulled on the worn gumshoes and led a group by appointment up and down the mean streets, and a fun parade it turned out to be. A guy named Alec Binnie arranged the deal. He … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News, Tour Tagged Akashic, Alec Binnie, Nathan Ward
Two-Gun Bob: In Memoriam — or Not In Memoriam?
The noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook begs to differ on the question of whether the story “The Man from Dark Valley” by August Derleth was — or even could have been — a memorial salute to Texas author … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, REH Tagged August Derleth, Donald Wollheim, Fanciful Tales of Time and Space, Kevin Cook, Lovecraft, William L. "Hillbilly" Crawford
Rediscovered: Milwaukee Party Animals
Always digging around, John D. Haefele uncovered a fanzine report of a party held in Milwaukee in 1940 — a science fiction and pulp gathering anchored by solving an appropriate rebus puzzle. Meeting in the home of Ralph Milne Farley … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged John D. Haefele, Milwaukee, Ralph Milne Farley, Ray Palmer, Robert Bloch
Rediscovered: Abe & Roy
Autograph Hound Saturday once more, and that notable maniacal Autograph Hound Brian Leno brings the John Hancock of the famous pulpster Abraham Merritt back to These Mean Streets. Plus the artist Roy Hunt also makes a return, after showing up … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged A. Merritt, Autographs, Brian Leno, Roy Hunt, Solar Pons