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 and a couple of pics from Tom Krabacher, academic, to let me know that “Great Tales has arrived in the academy!” If not earlier in other venues, John D. Haefele’s recent and monumental tome Lovecraft: The Great … Continue reading
Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes just noticed that I invoked his famous dictum on Art in my review of the George Sterling caveman book the other day: Any work of art is made better by the inclusion of cavemen and dinosaurs. … Continue reading
Brian Wallace pops in a link to a long article from the Los Angeles Review of Books covering a crime novel — with werewolves, kind of — John Steinbeck wrote at the start of his career. It was 1930 and … Continue reading
Our pal Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes has a dictum — either the product of his own profound deliberations or picked up over shots of whiskey in a seedy bar held together with vines and rattan somewhere on the outskirts of … Continue reading
Just got word that Floyd Salas died Sunday the 17th at the age of 90. Tattoo the Wicked Cross, baby. His companion of 38 years, Claire Ortalda, did the obit for Berkleyside — an excellent piece of writing, rounding up … Continue reading
This morning Brian Leno hit me with a curiosity that could appeal to Lovecraft fans everywhere, an inimitable rendering of a pivotal moment in “The Call of Cthulhu” (at least, I’m fairly confident that’s the mise–en–scène for this tableau). “Went through … Continue reading
For you bibliophiles out there, John D. Haefele just put up a comprehensive yet compact history and survey of The Candlelight Press — one of the presses August Derleth of Arkham House had a couple of fingers in for a … Continue reading
Today Evan Lewis dropped Part 1 of a new series in which he shows off the little introductory blurbs Frederick Dannay gave to various Hammett stories as he reprinted them in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. They’re probably different than the … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Super-Sunday again. It’s always Autograph Hound Super-Sunday in The House of Leno. Today Brian is keeping it light, showing off a couple of items related to the pulp hero The Avenger — The Avenger, not as big as … Continue reading
Awhile back I was chatting with Brian Leno about the great Chicago bookman Vincent Starrett, and mentioned that my preferred state for his Books About Books would be to have a copy (in jacket, nice condition, and so on) inscribed … Continue reading