Author Archives: Don

Hammett: Zobeck v. Otto

Just got a note from Terry Zobeck commenting on the auction of Hammett titles from the library of Otto Penzler. Terry reports: “I lost out on that Red Harvest—I went as high as $70,000 but had to stop when my … Continue reading

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Hammett: Chump Change

Evan Lewis, my de facto reporter on the ground for news of the auction of books from the Otto Penzler collection — which is to say, I’m never going to bother to follow something like that, whereas Evan is covering it like … Continue reading

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Death Lit: Is It Noir or Is It Dark?

Had another review pop to life. If you want to surf over and give it the old gander, feel free. I figure this one, more or less, is maybe 80% of what I sent in/intended. The intro by Lawrence Block, … Continue reading

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Hammett: A Paperback for Lillian Hellman

Apparently a large chunk out of Otto Penzler’s personal collection is going on the block over the next year or two. I know this news because A) it is public information, no black cats out of the bag or anything, … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Machen, One, Two, Three

As I was saying, every few years now I bump into Alan Gullette, most recently a couple of weeks ago. Don’t know how many years had passed between that encounter and the previous one. But that’s the reason I’m aware … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: Brian Leno, Reporting Ringside

Whoa. Courtesy the production wizards over at The Cimmerian Press, yesterday Brian Leno popped out his second TriplePunchPack — Ringside with Robert E. Howard. Just an appetizer against the full feedbag of the book he’s working on, an in-depth look … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Derleth and The Tube

Not to be left out of the Derleth Anniversary action thundering around the internet, Brian Leno sends in some start-of-the-day thoughts. Take it, Brian:   The other night I watched Night Gallery and the episode was “The Doll” by Algernon … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Another Derleth-Hater Heard From

Or, make that a self-identified “recovering Derleth-hater.” The “recovering” bit is important to the story. Deuce Richardson kind of tag-teamed with Morgan Holmes yesterday and also put up a birthday post in tribute to August Derleth, of Arkham House, Mycroft & … Continue reading

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Death Lit: A Gangster Rap

While I’m  thinking about it, I had another review appear that is roughly 90% what I sent in — only 85% in the worse case scenario. Cut is my blurb that the book is “novelized history or history-heavy pulp,” which — … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Morgman on The Augman, and Others

As any long time reader, surfer or dipper into The Mean Streets may have noticed, I’m not great on anniversaries — yeah, I hop on the annual birth and death days for Hammett, and usually remember Robert E. Howard’s birthday. … Continue reading

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