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: Batman
Sinister Cinema: Holy Spicy Detective, Batman!
Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Sometimes Spicy. Always Hot. For the nineteenth installment in his series, pulp expert John Locke takes us along on another expedition, where we find a unique sighting of a pulp in the … Continue reading
Tour: What Fell Heir to the Pulps?
Waking up today, trying to pour enough joe down around my lungs to get fumbling fingers to lace the gumshoes so I can go out and do another tour, I find an email from Patrick McEntee. He’s the guy who … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, Tour Tagged Batman, Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Comic Book Jungle, Donald Wandrei, Lovecraft, Mike Friedrich, Neal Adams, Patrick McEntee, Pulps, Steve Ditko, The Shadow
Hammett: It’s Raining Dashiells in Gotham City
Next week Gotham begins airing the last set of new episodes heading to the first season finale. It’s already been renewed, so no need to worry about an unresolved cliff-hanger — if they do have a cliff-hanger they leave unresolved next season, … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, News, REH, Tour Tagged 891 Post, Alexandre Dumas, Batman, Dash Mihok, Dashiell Eaves, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Gotham, John Milius, Leave It to Beaver, Leo Grin, Lyle Talbot, More Dashiells, Senator Joseph McCarthy, Stephen Talbot, Weird Tales
Mort: Mr. Spock
Another Icon down, with the passing of Leonard Nimoy today at the age of 83. While you couldn’t really say I was ever a Trekkie, on the other hand, who the hell doesn’t like Star Trek? Maybe not all of … Continue reading
Rediscovered: Yet More Fantômas
In a couple of hours I’m out the door for PulpFest (boom-boom-boom, boom-boom). Noticed that for the first evening’s programming they have a talk titled The French Connection — “How French Literature May Have Influenced American Pulp Heroes.” Dumas. Fantômas. … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Alexander Dumas, Batman, Fantomas, John D. Squires, Library of Congress, Louis Tracy, M. P. Shiel, PulpFest, The Shadow
Frisco Beat: A Century of Fantômas
Okay, I don’t know how this one got put on the calendar, other than via the interest and tireless efforts of Peter Maravelis, teamed up with a horde of local Fantômas fans and no less than the French Embassy — but … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Lit, News Tagged Batman, City Lights, Doctor Sax, Fantomas, Peter Maravelis, PulpFest, Pulps, The Shadow, Walter Gibson