Category Archives: News

Tour: Inquiries Welcome

For the Dashiell Hammett Tour I have drifted over largely into doing Tours by Appointment. Kind of inevitable. Easier. Better money. After 45 years, bound to happen. And I still meet people who ask me how many times a day … Continue reading

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Mort: Fred Ward

After the fact, word drifted in that Fred Ward died on Sunday May 9 at the age of 79. Got to note it here since — as pictured above — Fred was the first to essay the role of Charles … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Another “Lost” Arkham

As usual, I was sitting around minding my own business, collecting Arkham House ephemera, when I realized I might have spotted another “lost” Arkham House book. For decades fans have been noting books that once may have made it into … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Back to Chinatown

For those of you in the game of collecting San Francisco Mysteries, Connie di Marco is one of the current writers jumping into the fray — on April 26 her new one Serpent’s Doom, fourth entry in her series of the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: At the Earth’s Core

News that a deluxe signed artist’s edition of At the Earth’s Core is coming up spurred Brian Leno to dig out some apt John Hancockery from his bulging files for Autograph Hound Saturday. Here’s Brian from the signature vaults: I … Continue reading

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Hammett: A Nick and Nora Sighting

While otherwise minding his own beeswax, Bill Mullins spotted a “quite dashing” cameo to bring to our attention: I don’t know if you follow stuff like this, but in a 2013 Rocketeer comic book, Nick and Nora Charles make an … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Romantic Count von Cosel

Well, maybe The Maltese Falcon isn’t the sickest love story ever. . . . Late last year Brian Leno got to poking around in the Unusual and popped some stuff my way, which I realized might not be quite appropriate … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Scary Monsters

Brian Leno continues to “splash the field,” sneaking articles into mags hither and yon — and this time he gets into a publication that has won numerous Rondo Hatton awards. Brian and I decided that the only award we’d really … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More Mountains of Madness

John D. Haefele, author of Lovecraft: The Great Tales, sends in a link to a little discovery of ranges of supermountains in the dim past of the planet. “Another example of why I find HPL fascinating and fun,” he explains. … Continue reading

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Mort: Richard L. Tierney

Word made the rounds that Richard L. Tierney died on February first — I heard the news in an email from Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes, who just put up an obit blogging for Castalia House. Dick made it to age … Continue reading

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