Author Archives: Don

Frisco Beat: When They Renamed Monroe

Brian Wallace just sent me the link to an article about renaming San Francisco streets — with a little section about Monroe Street getting the new moniker of Dashiell Hammett Street. The article writer doesn’t seem to be aware of … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Arkham Collector

The maelstrom of Arkham House ephemera collecting swept me up again, with John D. Haefele clinging onto the plunging raft by my side. Some weeks that’s been all I could think about, bidding on items I didn’t have in the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More on Monahan

Keeping his eye on the centennial clock, noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook returns to the Mean Streets. Here’s Kevin: Pulp cover illustrator P.J. Monahan was born Patrick John Sullivan on January 4, 1882. When he was just a … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: A Fistful of Fisher

Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. And does our resident pulp/film buff John Locke have a title for you today: I Wake Up Screaming. Yeah, we all get that feeling, right? — now maybe more so than ever. … Continue reading

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Hammett: “Zigzags of Treachery”

Tom Krabacher let me know that Library of America with their “Story of the Week” recently spotlighted another Op yarn by Hammett — the excellent “Zigzags of Treachery.” Free. A little intro that’s pretty good (if you’ve been around, you … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: The Chastain Connection

The handsome devil above is Don Chastain, and the mere mention of his name sent Brian Leno off into a web of connections — no doubt prompted by all his ongoing work on the boxing scene known to Texas writer … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: A Joe Memoli Postscript

Following on his longer memoir of Joe Memoli, Larry Belling added a few remarks: Another memory after I moved to New York and got a job in the box office of a theatre downtown:  After a show at the Astor … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More on Joe Memoli

Who would have thought a casual mention made when I was working up an article on the boxer-poet Floyd Salas would lead to more about Joe Memoli on These Mean Streets — and now, years later, to even more. Just … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Raymond’s Factory Overture, Signed

Noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook is back to show off another signed item from his shelves, to spotlight another of his favorite writers. “Perhaps someone will be intrigued enough,” Kevin says, “to give Derek Raymond a try. It … Continue reading

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Cisco Beat: Santa Hits the Bank

Eighty-four years ago today, at his final age of 30, pulp writer Robert E. Howard shot himself in the head outside his home in Cross Plains, Texas. To commemorate the somber anniversary we bring in lifelong REH fan Brian Leno. … Continue reading

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