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.”
Author Archives: Don
Stuff to see and do on the island of Malta. The stuff that dreams are made of! Nathaniel Mills pops in a few pics to amuse his fellow travelers going Up and Down These Mean Streets.
Nathaniel Mills came out on the walk about a month ago, and it sounded as if putting the gumshoes to the mean streets of San Francisco was part of some double-whammy plan. He’d already hit the island of Malta. And on the … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Super-Sunday — what signature could Brian Leno possibly offer on the altar of Movie Titans Past for the John Hancock Ritual? Especially after his tour de force rollout yesterday. I think he’s got it covered. Here’s Brian: Nobody will … Continue reading
And Brian Leno rings the knell on today’s Autograph Hound Saturday: We can’t have Halloween without some mention of Dracula and that brings us to an often overlooked horror movie. Gloria Holden, best known for Dracula’s Daughter (1936), is a … Continue reading
In preparation for Halloween, Brian Leno needs to get in the mood by showcasing some signatures from his vault: The signed card of Beverly Garland being mishandled in The Alligator People (1959) is a real keeper for me. I remember watching … Continue reading
You can’t fool Brian Leno. He knows it’s October, and that means Halloween horror — so he dug up some cinematic Jane Hancocks to fill in his Autograph Hound Saturday crypt-keeper duties. Enjoy — if you dare! Halloween is one … Continue reading
Aha! I warned uber fanzine guy Bill Breiding that if he messed up any bits in an article on Sword-and-Sorcery writer David Mason (Kavin’s World, etc.) I sent in for his new zine Portable Storage Two that I’d correct on the trusty … Continue reading
And to wrap up this auto weekend — to give you yet another holograph sample to consider in your meditations — here’s the earliest inscription I personally got from Kent Harrington, during a signing for his second novel in Kayo … Continue reading
Cordelia Willis, who tipped Kent Harrington — both pictured above — off to some crime lab info for Last Ferry Home, joined in on the food and talk in Street, September 21. What was the ridiculous description I noticed recently … Continue reading