Category Archives: Lit

Death Lit: Is It Noir or Is It Dark?

Had another review pop to life. If you want to surf over and give it the old gander, feel free. I figure this one, more or less, is maybe 80% of what I sent in/intended. The intro by Lawrence Block, … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Machen, One, Two, Three

As I was saying, every few years now I bump into Alan Gullette, most recently a couple of weeks ago. Don’t know how many years had passed between that encounter and the previous one. But that’s the reason I’m aware … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Derleth and The Tube

Not to be left out of the Derleth Anniversary action thundering around the internet, Brian Leno sends in some start-of-the-day thoughts. Take it, Brian:   The other night I watched Night Gallery and the episode was “The Doll” by Algernon … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Another Derleth-Hater Heard From

Or, make that a self-identified “recovering Derleth-hater.” The “recovering” bit is important to the story. Deuce Richardson kind of tag-teamed with Morgan Holmes yesterday and also put up a birthday post in tribute to August Derleth, of Arkham House, Mycroft & … Continue reading

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Death Lit: A Gangster Rap

While I’m  thinking about it, I had another review appear that is roughly 90% what I sent in — only 85% in the worse case scenario. Cut is my blurb that the book is “novelized history or history-heavy pulp,” which — … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Morgman on The Augman, and Others

As any long time reader, surfer or dipper into The Mean Streets may have noticed, I’m not great on anniversaries — yeah, I hop on the annual birth and death days for Hammett, and usually remember Robert E. Howard’s birthday. … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Who Knows Solar Pons?

Who knows Pons? Well, John D. Haefele for one. Haefele just put up a post on the Allied Authors blog in which he ruminates in re: August Derleth’s Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street. He gets into all manner of esoterica, … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Good Farny v. Bad Farny

Coming up for air after a long plunge into the edit on John Haefele’s magnum opus on Lovecraft, I thought of an observation from John Locke that I spotted awhile back.  I guess the coverage of “The Shunned House” in the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More on Peter Corris

John Hocking adds — in re: his discovery of the Peter Corris detective story where I cameo as “Dan Swan” — “Yeah, I figured there was almost no way you could have missed the story, but the idea that you … Continue reading

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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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