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.”
Category Archives: Film
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
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
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
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
Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Brought to you by that expert pulp hound John Locke. Take it away, John: Who knew you could win an Oscar for reading a pulp mag on screen? But here is Tatum … Continue reading
For his previous Pulps in the Movies post, John Locke spotlighted a flick starring James Cagney. All well and good, but Jimmy wasn’t the guy holding a pulp in that one. Did Jimmy himself ever read a pulp in a … Continue reading
The pulp expert John Locke was just telling me he got his hands on a trove of Photoplay issues from the 1930s, and figured everyone would like to see how the trade mag blurbed the very first movie version of … Continue reading
Now I’ve caught the Pulps in the Movies bug! The other night I fell into an impromptu Mummy marathon, and personally spotted a woodpulp in the cinematic wild. The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) with Lon Chaney Jr, John Carradine, even Barton … Continue reading