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
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday Brian Leno reports: “As an added bonus I’ve included a scan of the signature of Warren Hull, who played the Spider in the two serials, The Spider’s Web (1938) and The Spider Returns (1941). “Hull was … Continue reading
Brian Leno says, “Apologies for bombarding you with so many pictures, but I’ve always felt that some of the Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft bloggers (one very prominent HPL scholar springs to mind) should start including a few … Continue reading
Brian Leno’s back on deck to do his thing for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday. Take it, Brian: “Norvell Page is a worthy subject for Super Sunday. “Without Page, the pulp magazine series The Spider may never have acquired the readership it … Continue reading
What do you think? Can Brian Leno deal the hand on yet another weekend of autograph excitement? Looks like it. He just popped in enough material to bury me for an hour or so, noting, “A fun morning for me, … Continue reading
Just heard from John Haefele, who just heard from Firsts, that they broke his coverage of Modern Era Arkham House Ephemera in twain — the new September/October issue will have his essay covering the subject, BUT (a big but) the … Continue reading
Might as well keep the cover images for recent magazine appearances for John D. Haefele rolling along. Just put up the cover for the new issue of Firsts with his history and checklist of Arkham Ephemera: The Modern Years. And somewhat recently presented … Continue reading
Ah, just in time for Halloween, but you can order it now — the September/October 2019 issue of Firsts: The Book Collectors Magazine, notable for including the first comprehensive checklist of Arkham House ephemera, Modern Era, ever published. And this list … Continue reading
Pulp fans need no introduction to the name Frederick Faust — better known by his penname Max Brand. Or his penname Evan Evans. The guy wrote so much, so fast, he needed a ton of pennames. The guy — who attended U.C. … Continue reading
Weekend after autograph weekend, I like to think of my two main Autograph Hounds — Brian Leno and Kevin Cook — as a pair of boxers, circling each other in the ring. Bursting out with sudden bruising jabs. A Seabury Quinn … Continue reading
Some more commentary on last weekend’s autographs rolled in, with Kevin Cook stating: “Great to finally see an Arthur O. Friel autograph. Congratulations to Brian for tracking that one down.” But Kevin adds, “I hope that Brian realizes that the Time … Continue reading