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.”
Tag Archives: Argosy
Keeping his eye on the centennial clock, noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook returns to the Mean Streets. Here’s Kevin: Pulp cover illustrator P.J. Monahan was born Patrick John Sullivan on January 4, 1882. When he was just a … Continue reading
Noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook mentioned to me that Up & Down has “yet to feature Theodore Roscoe, who did write fantastic fiction, including two stories in Weird Tales in 1928 — but whom I admire most because … Continue reading
For his previous Pulps in the Movies post, John Locke spotlighted a flick starring James Cagney. All well and good, but Jimmy wasn’t the guy holding a pulp in that one. Did Jimmy himself ever read a pulp in a … Continue reading
You might be wondering what sort of correspondence Charles B. Stilson — author of Polaris — of the Snows — engaged in 96 years ago today. Or perhaps the thought hadn’t crossed your mind. In either case, the noted book … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Super-Sunday — and noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook is back to commemorate the passing of another of his favorite authors, 72 years ago today: Gertrude Barrows Bennett was born on September 18, 1884 in Minneapolis, but she … Continue reading
The theme of the island of Malta suddenly jumped up and took over the week here on These Mean Streets. By luck, Kevin Cook had a Malta appropriate signature in, and ready to show off on Autograph Hound Saturday. But for Autograph … Continue reading
What do you think? Can Brian Leno deal the hand on yet another weekend of autograph excitement? Looks like it. He just popped in enough material to bury me for an hour or so, noting, “A fun morning for me, … Continue reading