Tag Archives: Black Mask

Sinister Cinema: A Fistful of Fisher

Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. And does our resident pulp/film buff John Locke have a title for you today: I Wake Up Screaming. Yeah, we all get that feeling, right? — now maybe more so than ever. … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: More Ruric

Pulps in the Movies — On Sale Every Wednesday! Stocking the digital newsstand, none other than pulp expert extraordinaire and tireless cineaste John Locke. The guy’s a digger. Hot off covering the Peter Ruric flick Grand Central Murder on April … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Gaudy Wilmerian Patter

Pulps in the Movies! On Sale Every Wednesday! In his exciting series renowned pulp expert John Locke has hit them short and sweet, the slam-bam thanks for holding a pulp, m’am posts. He’s gone back into the silent era. He’s … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Perry Palms Pulps; or, Mason Manhandles Magazines

Another installment of the epic run of Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Brought to you by that renowned and eagle-eyed pulp expert John Locke. In this Case of the Curious Lawyer, however, we’re easing over from actual … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Lighting Up with Lester Dent

You know Brian Leno. The guy’s got a competitive edge. He’s already duked it out mano a mano with Kevin Cook a few times with samples from their autograph collections, notably the Cornell Woolrich face-off back in August. When Kevin … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Woolrich in The Mask

Another year down on These Mean Streets! How about we go out with a sharp Kachow! from the ever-ready roscoe? The noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook decided to dive into his holdings and dig out the autograph of … Continue reading

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Hammett: v. Carroll John Daly

Digging around in old partially mocked-up posts, I found another one which appears to be from circa late 2016 or early 2017: Last October I got in a note from hardboiled pulp hound Terry Zobeck, in which he reported: Today’s mail brought … Continue reading

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Hammett: “If I Had Been a Black Mask Reader in 1926”

I told John Locke that once his post on Hammett’s early years in the writing business hit the blog, if he noticed any places where he wanted to tweak a word or whatever, just to let me know and I’d … Continue reading

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Hammett: From Poisonville to Red Harvest, “Chapter One”

A couple of months ago I was prowling through the inventory of Mean Streets posts to salvage as yet unpublished material from the backlog. A few tentative ideas that got to skeletal mock-up stage I just deleted — weeding the … Continue reading

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Hammett Takes on the Writing Racket, by John Locke

Mean Streets readers get a Christmas Treat this year from no less than the pulp authority John Locke, doing a deep-dive into the origins of Hammett’s career as a writer. John made a cool discovery in the forgotten trade magazines … Continue reading

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