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
Autograph Hound Saturday rolls around and Autograph Hound Dog Brian Leno keeps landing major John Hancocks, even as the pandemic howls at his door. To defy the reaper Brian puts a memento mori spin on things, including the display of … Continue reading
Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. From three hour extravaganzas with multi-million-dollar budgets to quick and cheap studio shorts, our resident pulp expert and cinema hound John Locke works the entire waterfront. Tirelessly. Here’s John with the latest: … Continue reading
A few weeks ago I mentioned a couple of ephemera pieces done by Arkham House authors to promote their Arkham House books. Since the publishing firm had nothing to do with them, we experts on Arkham House ephemera don’t number … Continue reading
Trapped inside with autographs, books, posters and papers, Brian Leno drops a note to say: “I’ve been digging like a gopher through my stuff and found something I didn’t know I have. “It’s a postcard of the ‘champion tramp of … Continue reading
Uhoh. The other day I finally got around to annotating my working file copy of Firsts which features a checklist of Modern Arkham House Ephemera by John D. Haefele. I’m not talking anything too fancy. I go through with a … Continue reading
Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Today the noted pulp expert John Locke takes us back to the days of 1933 via the digital magic of 2005 — the days when newsstands selling pulps populated the big cities, … Continue reading
Heard from Kevin Cook, noted book and pulp collector. He’s scouring his library — as seen above — in search of obscure stuff he can bring to the attention of The Publick. Kevin tells me he’s thinking about writing a … Continue reading
Pulps in the Movies — On Sale Every Wednesday! Stocking the digital newsstand, none other than pulp expert extraordinaire and tireless cineaste John Locke. The guy’s a digger. Hot off covering the Peter Ruric flick Grand Central Murder on April … Continue reading
No less and none other than Mike Humbert chips in a text message after reading yesterday’s Pulps in the Movies post about Hammett’s line “the cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.” “I thought you’d enjoy this,” Mike thumbs. “In … Continue reading