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: News
Nathan Ward just alerted me to the news that today CrimeReads put up an article on the late, great Charles Willeford. A little something for Willeford’s centennial year. Not a bad introduction for people who don’t know Willeford (which is to … Continue reading
Aha! I warned uber fanzine guy Bill Breiding that if he messed up any bits in an article on Sword-and-Sorcery writer David Mason (Kavin’s World, etc.) I sent in for his new zine Portable Storage Two that I’d correct on the trusty … Continue reading
If you’re deep into Hammett, you know that he claimed Pinkerton’s Detective Agency once sent him out on an assignment to track down a Ferris wheel stolen from a carnival. Supposedly happened somewhere in Big Sky country, circa 1920. A quote that’s come … Continue reading
In his coverage of the most recent PulpFest for the Pulp Flakes blog, I noticed Walker Martin make this comment: “Now you might wonder what I bought and sold. As usual my best seller were the cancelled checks that Bob Weinberg … Continue reading
Generally speaking, I wouldn’t bother with politics on the blog — mostly because I’m not in the grip of one of the prevailing derangement delusions. Hammett was a communist. (Or, technically, a rich communist, which makes the whole commie thing … Continue reading
Just a few days ago I was mentioning my stint in 1975-76 in the Lovecraftian MinnCon group, centered in the Twin Cities — with Big Name Lovecraftians coming in from all over the country. Harry Morris Jr tooled up from Albuquerque … Continue reading
I regret dead links in older posts, but not enough to run around trying to find some kind of updated website to re-link to. I figure, get it while it’s hot, and if it’s dead, it’s dead. Ubi sunt, that’s … Continue reading
Just heard from John Haefele, who just heard from Firsts, that they broke his coverage of Modern Era Arkham House Ephemera in twain — the new September/October issue will have his essay covering the subject, BUT (a big but) the … Continue reading
Might as well keep the cover images for recent magazine appearances for John D. Haefele rolling along. Just put up the cover for the new issue of Firsts with his history and checklist of Arkham Ephemera: The Modern Years. And somewhat recently presented … Continue reading
Ah, just in time for Halloween, but you can order it now — the September/October 2019 issue of Firsts: The Book Collectors Magazine, notable for including the first comprehensive checklist of Arkham House ephemera, Modern Era, ever published. And this list … Continue reading