Category Archives: Lit

Frisco Beat: Omega to Alpha

Today marks the anniversary of Hammett’s death on January 10, 1961, and in one of the weirder coincidences of all time, also the death of Hammett devotee Joe Gores, same date in 2011 — exactly fifty years to the day … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Despite Westlake Owing Me a Beer. . .

Somewhere around here I have a postcard from Donald Westlake saying something like, “Beer? Beer? Surely we can settle this in a civilized fashion.” Years ago I went to a big writers deal in Fort Lauderdale, and Westlake was there, … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Lure of Arkham House Ephemerae

The last few days have been devoted to the glory and the grandeur — and the morass — of that old hobby, collecting Arkham House ephemera items. Paul Dobish, the book dealer who helped with some dope for my article … Continue reading

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Death Lit: Gbontwi’s Gumshoe

While I’m knocking out fast, easy blog posts, I noticed that my most recent review for PW made it through edit 90-95% intact. Whoa. Guess I can link to that one. Crime novel, London neo-noir sort of thing. Surf over … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: McNaughton v. Vance

What was I thinking? In the post a month plus back where I kind of talked myself into rereading Brian McNaughton’s The Throne of Bones for Halloween, I realized that somehow I managed to put forth this opinion: McNaughton bears … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Et Tu, Erle? — or, Another Lost Atlantis

When Tom Krabacher came to town the other day to hang on a feedbag filled with gooey duck, he brought along a copy of a book he helped assemble, Woodland, in Acadia Publishing’s sprawling Images of America series. I was … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: A Quick Meditation on Arriving Too Late on the Scene

Another factor in hitting the Second Sunday fan gathering was that Tom Krabacher — an academic of many years standing, but also a longtime fan (he’s planning on doing a Dum Dum next year for Edgar Rice Burroughs enthusiasts) — … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: That Cosmic Piping of a Flute. . .

John D. Haefele and I have been batting chapters of his upcoming Lovecraft: The Great Tales back and forth like we’re in some champeen tennis match or something. I’m doing the editing, and after I went under the knife earlier … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Klarkash-Ton and Brian McNaughton

Kevin Cook, pulp and book collector, recently retired from the New York City scene to a new home in the South. Over the garage he’s had built a library to display the old collection, the first time in his adult … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: “Heavy Metal” — The Term

Last week I was half-reading/half-skimming John Locke’s new book The Thing’s Incredible, the Secret Origins of Weird Tales — life is short, so any clump of pages covering the ancestral background of Otis Adelbert Kline and company I let my … Continue reading

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