Author Archives: Don

Rediscovered: Haefele Sleuthing the Christmas Card Caper

Someone somewhere sometime may have knocked out more ephemera than August Derleth, but who it might have been I can’t imagine. John D. Haefele and I are beginning to poke around on our book listing all the Arkham House ephemera … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Songs and Sonnets Atlantean at 50

On this date in 1971 Donald Sidney-Fryer, Last of the Courtly Poets, inscribed the earliest copy of his “Little Booke” Songs & Sonnets Atlantean that I have dug up. Fifty years ago. The last title from Arkham House released under … Continue reading

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Hammett: World No Smoking Day

Happy No Smokers, smokers — May 31 — with a news tidbit from 82 years ago, courtesy Evan “Scoop” Lewis.

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Hammett: Couffignal

Like a bloodhound with his nose ever to the hardboiled pavement, a few days ago Brian Leno let me know that Library of America put up another Continental Op yarn by Hammett as the feature Story of the Week. I … Continue reading

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Hammett: Birthday 127

Samuel Dashiell Hammett was born on this date in 1894. I’ve done little birthday parties for him in the past (the home movie clip from ten years ago perhaps being the best), but for this one I’m going to let … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Ditko

Brian Leno sends in a pithy movie review that for some of us, says it all: “Last night watched Doctor Strange and, for the most part, I enjoyed it. Amazing that with all the computer generated special effects to display … Continue reading

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Hammett: Fechheimer Wiki’ed

Just got a note from William Denton, of RARA-AVIS fame, who says, “You probably won’t remember, but in February 2008 you very generously took me on a solo Hammett tour, including going up into Bill Arney’s apartment, which made the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The First of Many, Bumped Off by Haggard

Kevin Cook, noted book and pulp collector, provides a footnote to his recent musings: The adventure novel King Solomon’s Mines was not H. Rider Haggard’s first book, but it introduced the protagonist Allan Quatermain. In between King Solomon’s Mines and Allan Quatermain he … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Wittgenstein Dug Norbie

Kent Harrington pops in a link to a CrimeReads article about how the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein wolfed down a steady diet of hardboiled American pulp crime fiction. Not something your average guy on the street would be expecting to hear, … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Great Scott!

You want to talk about Sir Walter Scott suddenly being in the air? Kevin Cook stumbled over his name during his current reread of Machen’s Far Off Things and then noticed coverage of the flick Ivanhoe in the new issue … Continue reading

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