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.”
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Just got a close-to-last-minute note from Bill Arney, telling me that the episode of Cheese Theatre featuring The Last Man on Earth — and our discussion thereof — reruns tonight at 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. If you’re in the … Continue reading
— and you can read the rest of the description of the most recent book from the long time host of Creature Features on John Stanley’s website, check out what else he’s been up to lately. Among other things I’ve done in the … Continue reading
In only ten more days anyone lucky enough to attend Noir City — playing in the Castro Theatre from January 21-30 — will once again thrill to the dulcet tones of Bill Arney, the Voice of Noir, as he announces the opening … Continue reading
In the shot above — used previously for a post of yesteryear — Bill Arney stands against the frame of the Murphy bed in Sam Spade’s apartment in 891 Post Street and regales a tour group with some anecdotage. Bill … Continue reading
The tour group for Sunday the 13th was pretty interesting — of the ten people who showed up ready to walk, slightly more than half seemed to be from Australia, plus we got a guy from Spain, in the burg … Continue reading
Since I forgot to mention my previous appearance on Cheese Theatre in a timely fashion, allow me to give several days advance notice of my next guest spot. This coming Saturday, December 8, 10p.m. Pacific Standard Time, you can watch me … Continue reading
In the words of a Great American Icon, “DOH!!!” Here I’ve been goofing off, not updating the Blog of the Mean Streets and the Eldritch Spheres (and whatever else attracts my interest at the moment — and, yes, I’m still … Continue reading
Five days from now Noir City opens its ten-day run in The Castro Theatre, each double-bill introduced by the Voice of Noir, Bill Arney. As mentioned earlier, Bill also has another movie gig going with his late-night show Cheese Theatre. … 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
Okay, after blurbing it on Cheese Theatre, I had to give the movie World War Z a shot. First, I must congratulate Max Brooks for selling them two words and the letter “Z” —nabbing around a reported $100,000 per letter or thereabout. Sweet . … Continue reading