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
Got a note from Kristopher Curling along with several pics asking if his recent purchase of The Dark Chateau, published by Arkham House in 1951, contains holograph annotations by Lin Carter. He knows the book comes from Carter’s collection, and … Continue reading
Just got a message from Kent Harrington at 6p.m., who says: “Jim Nisbet passed today. Dennis just texted me.” Another writer from Posse McMillan down.
On Saturday July 23 I pulled on the worn gumshoes and led a group by appointment up and down the mean streets, and a fun parade it turned out to be. A guy named Alec Binnie arranged the deal. He … Continue reading
The noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook begs to differ on the question of whether the story “The Man from Dark Valley” by August Derleth was — or even could have been — a memorial salute to Texas author … Continue reading
Always digging around, John D. Haefele uncovered a fanzine report of a party held in Milwaukee in 1940 — a science fiction and pulp gathering anchored by solving an appropriate rebus puzzle. Meeting in the home of Ralph Milne Farley … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday once more, and that notable maniacal Autograph Hound Brian Leno brings the John Hancock of the famous pulpster Abraham Merritt back to These Mean Streets. Plus the artist Roy Hunt also makes a return, after showing up … Continue reading
A year ago Brian Leno was appalled when bestseller James Patterson tried to write a novel featuring The Shadow. Now he’s got word that Patterson is moving in on Doc Savage — and we know how much Brian likes Doc: … Continue reading
Today marks the anniversary of the suicide by gunshot at age thirty of Texas author Robert E. Howard, sitting in his Chevy outside the family home in Cross Plains. Our resident Autograph Hound Brian Leno lays out another John Hancock … Continue reading
Brian Leno returns with an autograph to memorialize another anniversary — “an autograph from 1932 with a quotation from a certain Rabbi Tarfon, a saintly man who lived around 100 A.D. The translation is beyond my attempts.” Here’s Brian: On … Continue reading