Category Archives: News

Rediscovered: Kevin and Karl

“How It All Began” — and by chance, captured on film! Much like the first meeting of me and Bill “The Voice of Noir” Arney, the noted book and pulp — and autograph — collector Kevin Cook has found evidence of … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Legend, Hero or Heartthrob?

For anyone keeping track, I just showed up in Dale Fehringer’s new book, San Francisco: Legends, Heroes & Heartthrobs. Came out at the end of last year. Guess that means I made the cut with blurbage in two books about … Continue reading

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Mort: The Late Great Joseph A. West

Today would have been birthday number 98 for Joseph A. West, who sometimes signed his funky eldritch art as Joe West, and often as JAW. Old Uncle Joe didn’t quite make it, passing away on December 11, 2019. As I’ve … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Roaring Twenty-Twenties

For no good reason other than the usual New Beginning sensation you get in your bones when the calendar flips back to January, I’m thinking this decade could be kind of fun. John Locke tells me his guest post on … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: Top Ten, Baby

Brian Leno keeps his thumb on the pulse, and just popped in the news that Robert E. Howard’s landmark Cthulhu Mythos yarn “The Black Stone” made the cut for Library of America’s ten most read stories of the year — … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: San Francisco — and California — Mysteries

Just got tipped off to a recent interview with librarian Randal Brandt on CrimeReads, if you’d care to drift over and check it out. Randal took up the search for mysteries set in San Francisco after I donated my collection … Continue reading

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Hammett: Working the Electronic Morgue

Speaking of the epic sale of Otto Penzler’s mystery library, you may recall that I used Evan Lewis as my man on the street covering the events, since he was interested in hunting down the auction lists and putting up … Continue reading

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Hammett: More Zobeck v. Otto

Terry Zobeck popped in a micro review related to the sale of Otto Penzler’s mystery library a few months ago, which sucked all the oxygen out of the room for awhile. The word, from Terry: My copy of Otto Penzler’s … Continue reading

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Hammett: Unearthed — The Samuels’ Campaign

We haven’t seen a lot of Tenderloin Terry Zobeck recently, but you know he’s out there, ever sleuthing the Mean Streets. He’s been working on finalizing his biblio of Lawrence Block, but when he gets scent of a Hammett quest, … Continue reading

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Hammett: Jeopardy! Won’t Let Go

Yeah, Jeopardy! has a thing going for Hammett clews — and who can blame them? He’s famous, for closing in on a century now, and you can creep in via the books, the movies, the life. Yesterday — S36E55 — … Continue reading

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