Author Archives: Don

Hammett: Jeopardy! Struck Again!

Yesterday a Hammett clew made a reprise appearance on Jeopardy! as they mined their archives to fill in the weeks of summer with From the Vault: Million Dollar Masters. If I heard right, this tournament rounding up previous champions was … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More Ted on the Block

My blurb yesterday on Ted Schulz, noted Holmesian, inspired Brian Leno to poke around on the side on eBay, after he’d made a few early morning passes looking for John Hancocks. He discovered a tribute to Ted, listed for only … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: From Sherlockian Shelves

Brian Leno noticed a copy of my 1984 litcrit anthology on Robert E. Howard — The Dark Barbarian — on the block at eBay for $150 or make an offer. Hunt around and you can find copies much cheaper, but … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: A Fistful of Autos

Like Clint Eastwood in a Spaghetti Western, Brian Leno saddles up every day and tracks down one John Hancock after another. He doesn’t turn them in for bounty, however. If Leno guns down a signature, he keeps it: Got a … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Count Zaroff

And here’s Brian Leno once again — Brian plays the game of tracking and hunting down the most elusive John Hancocks lurking in the sweaty climes of the Internet jungles: Leslie Banks was the evil (but cool) Count Zaroff in … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Freddie Mills Leads the Pack

Autograph Hound Saturday once again. Kind of snuck up on me. I mentioned the other week that Brian Leno has been collecting signatures like hell recently — on top of collecting like hell his whole life — and he’s here … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Willeford Talks

Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus — big Charles Willeford fan — just sent me a link to a 1987 interview with Willeford, posted to YouTube in March this year. Ten minutes, with Willeford reading some snippets from his books, … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: And Hugh Pendexter

Our prolific guest blogger and Robert E. Howard maven Brian Leno jumps in to keep the Two-Gun Bob pot cooking. Here’s Brian: I’ve never read Hugh Pendexter, but Robert E. Howard did. In a 1931 letter to H. P. Lovecraft, … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: When Time Proves You Right, Part II

I’ll keep the text on this one short and sweet. Go back and read When Times Proves You Right from 2015 — fully explains the backstory. Then hop over to the Swords of REH board for news from a few … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Edward Whymper, 155 Years Ago Today

Jeez. Talk about your social distancing. . . . Autograph Hound Brian Leno has been as busy collecting as ever, despite the pandemic and the lockdown, and pops in today to explain what happened to the guys on the rope. … Continue reading

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