Author Archives: Don

Rediscovered: The Writings of Lawrence Block, Item by Item, Book by Book

You may have been thinking, hey, I wonder, What has Terry Zobeck been up to lately? A guy like that, who knows what he’s been digging around in. You got that right. One of the most prolific Guest Bloggers for … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Coop for the Star

Evan Lewis, excavating the newsprint of yesteryear, just put up a clump of news items on who was going to star in the first movie version of Hammett’s The Glass Key. Gary Cooper was the first choice for Ned Beaumont. … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Perry Palms Pulps; or, Mason Manhandles Magazines

Another installment of the epic run of Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Brought to you by that renowned and eagle-eyed pulp expert John Locke. In this Case of the Curious Lawyer, however, we’re easing over from actual … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Working the Hammett Hangout in the Days of Coronavirus

A.k.a. not working. Just heard a GoFundMe page is up for the employees of John’s Grill, 63 Ellis Street, where Sam Spade grabs a meal in The Maltese Falcon. Tide them over until those noir doors open again.

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Rediscovered: In the Annals of Sword-and-Sorcery

Brian Leno, trapped in his Last Redoubt in Bismarck, North Dakota, nonetheless managed to pop a review to me in my Last Redoubt — the good old sanctum sanctorum — which I’ll toss out to people stuck in their Last … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Even in Bismarck

Yep, no one better positioned to appreciate the COVID-19 outbreak than science fiction fans. It’s like living the la vida loca of a Zombie Apocalypse without the severe downside of rampaging zombies. But I would have thought if anyone I … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Breezy Bombshell

Another exciting installment in that argosy of adventure, Pulps in the Movies! On Sale Every Wednesday. Your expedition leader, as usual, none other than pulp expert John Locke, here to report: Blonde bombshell Jean Harlow (1911-1937) left us too soon, … Continue reading

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Tour: The Germ’s Afoot

Man! Look at all those people who could have been giving me coronavirus — or vice versa — except it was back in August 5, 2017 on a tour by appointment with Sisters in Crime, and I doubt any of … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More on Collecting Haefele

Ah, my mention last October of Lloyd Currey not having seen the true first of John D. Haefele’s A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos has shaken up the valuation on the title and seems to have pried a couple of … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Arkham House Ephemera Back on the Block

In the last month or so bidding on items of Arkham House ephemera on eBay has been hot and heavy. The other day I popped a note to my ephemera collecting bud John D. Haefele and reported: “To my surprise … Continue reading

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