Author Archives: Don

Hammett: His Garbo Speaks! Moment

Holy cow — suddenly it is Audio Hound Super-Sunday! And longtime Mean Streets maven Terry Zobeck just heard some sound he’s been waiting to hear for many, many long years. Here’s Terry with the scoop: In 2001, at the Washington, … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More Burnham

Autograph Hound Super-Sunday and the intrepid John Hancock Hunter Brian Leno drops in a note to say, “I know I’ve written about Burnham on your blog but I don’t think I ever showed you his signature. “This book he inscribed … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: 19 Minutes with Fafhrd and the Mouser, and Fritz

Over on The Pulp.Net I just gave Bill Lampkin the okay to put up an article I did back in 2014 for his zine The Pulpster — a good one, if I say so myself (hell, even definitive), on the … Continue reading

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Hammett: Top Ten

ABEbooks just released a list of their top money-makers for 2021 and Hammett comes in at no. 10 — not with a first edition, but with a much later reprint of The Maltese Falcon inscribed to Bebe Daniels. Bebe played … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Robert Barbour Johnson

Autograph Hound Super-Sunday once more, and our maniacal John Hancock-collecting pal Brian Leno hauls out a new acquisition. If I remember right, he told me he’s been looking for a Robert Barbour Johnson for decades, but if the signature did … Continue reading

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Hammett: Another “Dead Yellow Women” (Heavily Illustrated)

Today Evan Lewis uncovers yet another newsprint serialization of an Op yarn, beginning November 29, 1942 in the Albuquerque Journal — almost 79 years ago exactly.  The yarn in question is the excellent “Dead Yellow Women” from Black Mask, November 1925 … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: On Library Shelves. . .

Got a note and a couple of pics from Tom Krabacher, academic, to let me know that “Great Tales has arrived in the academy!”  If not earlier in other venues, John D. Haefele’s recent and monumental tome Lovecraft: The Great … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Dictum Morgmanius

Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes just noticed that I invoked his famous dictum on Art in my review of the George Sterling caveman book the other day: Any work of art is made better by the inclusion of cavemen and dinosaurs. … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Steinbeck, Classical Puzzle Mystery Writer

Brian Wallace pops in a link to a long article from the Los Angeles Review of Books covering a crime novel — with werewolves, kind of — John Steinbeck wrote at the start of his career. It was 1930 and … Continue reading

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Hammett: Yet Another “Clew”

For those keeping track, Evan Lewis has uncovered from the newsprint of yesteryear yet another reprint of Hammett’s Op yarn “The Tenth Clew” — this one from the Deseret News in 1942. Plus he’s added a couple more installments to … Continue reading

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