Author Archives: Don

Rediscovered: Place of Hawks — a.k.a. Arkham House

Apparently my post the other day on August Derleth and his home Place of Hawks set off a little brush-fire on Facebook. The main point I was disputing was that Derleth lived in a “log cabin” in Wisconsin, and that … Continue reading

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Hammett: Birthday 126

Yeah, 126 years ago today Samuel Dashiell Hammett began life as a fat baby, and lived that life as a thin man. Pinkerton’s detective. Pulp writer in San Francisco. Hollywood. Ended up in New York. You probably know the outline. … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Holy Spicy Detective, Batman!

Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Sometimes Spicy. Always Hot. For the nineteenth installment in his series, pulp expert John Locke takes us along on another expedition, where we find a unique sighting of a pulp in the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Time for Derleth

August Derleth is beginning to get renewed evaluation — and not just from our good pal John D. Haefele. Just noticed an article by G. W. Thomas that blurbs Derleth’s 132 appearances in the magazine Weird Tales. Provides a list, … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Hannes Bok — “Dear Virginia”

And how about a gander at the letter legendary artist Hannes Bok sent before the one he sent yesterday? Also courtesy of noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook prowling around in his treasure trove, of course.

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Rediscovered: A Letter from Hannes Bok

And noted book and pulp (and autograph, and letter, and miscellania) collector Kevin Cook thought some of you might like to peruse a letter the legendary fantasy artist Hannes Bok tossed into the mail seventy-eight years ago today. Cool, right?

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Rediscovered: Theodore Roscoe

Noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook mentioned to me that Up & Down has “yet to feature Theodore Roscoe, who did write fantastic fiction, including two stories in Weird Tales in 1928 — but whom I admire most because … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Doc Savage Meets Bogie

On Sale Every Wednesday: Pulps in the Movies — and How! Today hero-pulp stalwart Doc Savage shares a scene with Humphrey Bogart. Man, you cannot get any more pulp and movie than that, right? Not that anyone ever spotted Doc’s … Continue reading

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Tour: Feeling a Trifle Bookish

Ah. The Angela Hill article on the Dashiell Hammett Tour I mentioned yesterday turns out to be only one of several articles in a new supplement to the Mercury News titled Bookish. Bookish. I like it. Couldn’t be more apt … Continue reading

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Tour: Locked Down and Written Up

Even though the Dashiell Hammett Tour is under lock down, Angela Hill fired off a new article in the Mercury News today against the moment it comes gumshoeing back. Bound to happen — if I can pry myself away from … Continue reading

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