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: Book Collecting
Ah, just in time for Halloween, but you can order it now — the September/October 2019 issue of Firsts: The Book Collectors Magazine, notable for including the first comprehensive checklist of Arkham House ephemera, Modern Era, ever published. And this list … Continue reading
Some more commentary on last weekend’s autographs rolled in, with Kevin Cook stating: “Great to finally see an Arthur O. Friel autograph. Congratulations to Brian for tracking that one down.” But Kevin adds, “I hope that Brian realizes that the Time … Continue reading
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday our new guy Jeff Mariotte decides to let it all — or a huge chunk of it — hang out. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t kidding when he said he had a large collection of post-1980 crime writer … Continue reading
Brian Leno continues his Ubi Sunt invocations from yesterday: “My copy of The Pathless Trail. “Great Jeff Jones cover. “Even after picking up thousands of books I still know where my ‘Time-Lost’ series is. Still in my study, still readily … Continue reading
Looks like Autograph Hound Super-Sunday keeps the theme of Writers for the Pulp Adventure going. I got in a note from frequent Hound Dog Kevin Cook, commenting on Brian Leno posts from a couple of weekends ago. “More great posts on … Continue reading
How about allowing an Apprentice Autograph Hound loose on the Mean Streets to run with those battle-scarred gray wolves Brian Leno and Kevin Cook? Got a note in from Jeff Mariotte — obviously a lifelong book collector, like most people I … Continue reading
As the third author selected for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday, Kevin Cook pulls no less than E. Charles Vivian out of his sleeve — I bet you guys don’t see Vivian signatures raining down from the skies. Obviously Kevin picked up … Continue reading
In re: the question of possible signed copies of most classic era Arkham House titles, I believe we need to call in John D. Haefele, author of A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos. He’s the expert on all things Arkham. Now, … Continue reading
Before doing the panel at Signman: John Law the other evening, I made plans to stop into Bibliomania — very close, in the heart of downtown Oakland, one of the classic bookstores of yesteryear but still in business today. I hadn’t … Continue reading
In about a month John D. Haefele’s third article for the newly revived Crypt of Cthulhu will hit the eldritch and squamous streets — covering August Derleth’s various published commentaries on the magazine Weird Tales. The mag where a teenaged Derleth … Continue reading