Author Archives: Don

Mort: Dick Lupoff

Just got a note from Tom Krabacher linking to the Locus obit on Dick Lupoff, who died today at age 85. If you recall, Krabacher and Lupoff and I were all hanging out at an Edgar Rice Burroughs mini-convention not … Continue reading

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Hammett: More “Silver Eyes”

And today Evan Lewis tosses up yet another newsprint appearance for the Op yarn “The Girl with the Silver Eyes,” Pittsburgh, December 1936. Plus some ads from Allentown blurbing an October 1938 reprint for this primo Op adventure in that … Continue reading

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Hammett: Zobeck Fact Checks The Morgman

A note rolled in just now from longtime guest blogger Terry Zobeck, always trying to keep the Hammett facts straight. He spotted a wrong detail in the Morgan Holmes bit about what kind of .32s the Op carried in “Corkscrew” … Continue reading

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Hammett: Roscoes Barking

Woke up to a note from Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes, who says, “I have my own Hammett gun post up at Castalia. Did not realize you had the Webley one up until this morning. Guess we are all thinking about … Continue reading

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Hammett: “Silver Eyes”

Evan Lewis pulled another reprint Hammett yarn from the newsprint of yesteryear today — “The Girl with the Silver Eyes” (a stone-cold classic) from the Vancouver Sun, 1936. Check it out. Profusely illustrated.

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Rediscovered: The Poet Jack

It’s been mentioned before on These Mean Streets, but among the numerous hobbies and preoccupations — Autograph Hound, Two-Gun Bob fan — of Brian Leno, he’s got an interest in Ripperology, and herewith marks a grim anniverary: On September 30, … Continue reading

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Hammett: The Roscoe Barked

In Chapter II of The Maltese Falcon — Death in the Fog — Sam Spade describes the gun used to bump off his partner Miles Archer: “Webley-Fosbery automatic revolver. That’s it. Thirty-eight, eight shot. They don’t make them any more.” … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Before Re-Upping in the Heretics

It’s probably lucky that Tom Krabacher made his run up to Auburn to check on the old Gaylord homestead a couple of weeks ago, because he just got called up for Haefele’s Heretics and their latest assignment — proofing the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Last Stand of the First Abode

On page 241 of The Literary World of San Francisco & its Environs I mention in passing the old Gaylord farmhouse outside Auburn, California, where Clark Ashton Smith was born January 13, 1893. Recent chatter spread the word that the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More on Mme. Adista

Terry Zobeck reports from behind the scenes on the recent auction of Lawrence Block’s — until recently unknown — second book: The winning bidder is one of the horde of satisfied readers of my Block bibliography. Once he’d read it … Continue reading

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