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
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
On Autograph Hound Saturday we showed you the signatures. How about on Autograph Hound Super-Sunday we show you the book they came in? To nab those autos you need this copy of the book. Leno mentioned the battered condition of … Continue reading
And what, you may ask, happened to the second Virgil Finlay autograph Brian Leno claimed came with his copy of Roads once owned by Jack Palance? That signature — as above — was done on the bottom of the inside … Continue reading
Autograph Hound Saturday again, time for that old Autograph Hound Dog Brian Leno to pull something out of his collection and amuse the audience with a John Hancock or two. Today he’s selected to trot out a 1948 Arkham House release, and says, “I … Continue reading
In a book of his crime fiction, that is. Welcome to Autograph Hound Super-Sunday the Second! A couple of months ago I stopped into the book-haunted quarters in the American Southwest where Dennis McMillan currently is making his lair. Probably … Continue reading
Then again, I could start a regular Autograph Hound Super-Sunday feature. . . . Brian Leno’s mention yesterday that he picked up his Alfred Galpin/Frank Belknap Long item from the Necronomicon Press catalog of Long’s last library reminded me of something. Leno isn’t … Continue reading
Kevin Cook, noted pulp and book collector, chimes in with some comments on Edgar Rice Burroughs: “Unless you have a fortune hidden away somewhere, I would vote against dropping all the other authors you collect in favor of ERB as you … Continue reading