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: Bill Crider
Sam Spade’s Last Case
Another Bill Crider Tribute Moment. Hat tip to Bruce Townley.
Posted in News Tagged Bill Crider, Bogie, Bruce Townley, Cthulhu
When Mammoths Took the Subway
Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils A Tribute Moment to Bill Crider and his fun blog. Where will I get all the news on mammoths, crocs and gators now? Hat tip to Brian Leno.
Posted in News Tagged Bill Crider, Brian Leno, mammoths
Rediscovered: Ed Gorman and a Book That Could Have Been
Noticed that today is Ed Gorman Day across the web. After a long battle with cancer, Gorman died on October 15. I spotted immediate tributes by fellow writers such as Bill Crider and James Reasoner. The appeal of his fiction … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News, Willeford Tagged Bill Crider, Bill Pronzini, Blue Lonesome, Brian Drake, Charles L. Grant, Ed Gorman, James Reasoner, Mystery Scene, Peter Rabe
Rediscovered: Piloting a FLIVVER
Surfing through Bill Crider’s blog I spotted an article that pertains to our recent topic of flivvers — in which an auto reporter gets to shoot around in a Model T for about three minutes. Fun stuff. Three pedals, none … Continue reading
Posted in News Tagged Bill Crider, flivvers
Tombstone: Two-Gun Bob
Photo above courtesy the Crider Family Archives, circa 1980. Left to right, at the Robert E. Howard grave in Brownwood, Texas: James Reasoner and Angela, Allen and Bill Crider. The Crider clan lived in Brownwood in that era. If the approximate … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, REH Tagged Allen Crider, Angela Crider Neary, Bill Crider, James Reasoner, literary graves, literary suicides
Tour: Sons and Daughters
On the tour for May 17 Angela Crider Neary introduced herself, specifically as the daughter of Texas writer Bill Crider, who gets mentioned here from time to time. Crider and I agreed that the John Carter of Mars movie was … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Lit, Tour Tagged Angela Crider Neary, Avram Davidson, Bill Crider, C D Payne, Ethan Davidson, Firsts, Jo Hammett, John Carter, Li'l Tom
Rediscovered: Literary Homes, on the Block
Surfing around in Bill Crider’s Pop Culture blog the other day, I noticed a link to an article about no less than eight literary homes being up for sale at the moment. I’d seen separate articles about Ray Bradbury’s long … Continue reading
Sinister Cinema: What Ever Happened to Lee Van Cleef?
Okay, you keystroke the term Spaghetti Western, you’re pretty much going to start thinking about Lee Van Cleef. How could you not? After prepping the post about La Cuidad Maldita, Van Cleef’s image drifted to mind, one thing led to another, and … Continue reading
Hollywood Beat: Behind the Scenes on John Carter
While I have no intention of becoming a reliable news source for free stuff you can download on Kindle, I did notice during a surf through Bill Crider’s blog today that the ebook version of John Carter and the Gods of … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News Tagged Bill Crider, Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter, Kindle, Michael D. Sellers
Sinister Cinema: John Carter of Mars
Keeping my Memorial March theme going, I caught John Carter yesterday so I could review it today — for the sixty-second anniversary of the death of Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1950. Brilliant adaptation of the source material, fast-paced, funny (I’m amazed … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Lit Tagged Bill Crider, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Fritz Leiber, Gods of Mars, Indiana Jones, John Carter, Pauline Kael, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, The Wanderer