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: Lit
Tom Krabacher sent along a few notes on the recent Windy City pulp convention, held on the outskirts of Chicago. He had a posse lined up to roam the aisles, but for various reasons several bailed on him close to … Continue reading
The collection of Lovecraft’s letters to Robert H. Barlow, O Fortunate Floridian, has so many irritating flaws and omissions I honestly think it would be better to toss it on the scrapheap and do a new edition under less fannish … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Super-Sunday continues Brian Leno’s recent fascination with the tragic literary figure Robert H. Barlow, spotlighting some of the most recent autograph items he’s picked up as satellites to that interest. And just as one thing connects to another … Continue reading
Another Autograph Hound Weekend looms before us, this one — like many before — anchored by John Hancocks that have drifted into the mitts of Brian Leno, and will never drift out. Not in this lifetime. Take it, Brian: I’ve … Continue reading
The noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook comments on the Ray Bradbury autographs that have shown up recently on the blog: “I can tell you that he was signing books the same way since the 1950s. “I have dated … Continue reading
Over on the DMR blog Deuce Richardson just popped up a review of John D. Haefele’s most recent book (and presumed magnum opus) Lovecraft: The Great Tales. He wrestles with the complexities, and I suppose my fave pull quote would … Continue reading
The steady flow of autograph materials over the last few days has plunged Autograph Hound Brian Leno even deeper into John Hancockian reveries, but then he’s never quite free of such musings. . . . “Of course I’ve been reading … Continue reading
For an Autograph Hound Quick Follow-Up John D. Haefele sends in: “How about this one, which I found in a bookstore? I doubt it is actually Bradbury’s signature — & the ‘John!’ is purely a coincidence.” I don’t know, the … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Super-Sunday returns, carried by a morbid wave of interest in the indecipherable! Tom Krabacher dropped a note to say, “Saw the Charles de Lint signature on your blog. Kevin’s explanation that de Lint’s autograph is actually just his … Continue reading