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: Brian Leno
Brian Leno brings out some of the myriad suspects in the Ripper annals: The book that really got my interest going with The Ripper was Michael Harrison’s Clarence, which stated James Kenneth Stephen and the Duke of Clarence were lovers. … Continue reading
On These Mean Streets I’d think Brian Leno is best known in his role as a maniacal Autograph Hound, but his first appearance as a Guest Blogger back in 2011 featured a side hobby, dabbling in Ripperology. Of course he … Continue reading
And for his final Halloween auto for the day Brian Leno evokes the past: Three years ago we showcased Conrad Veidt and Lil Dagover from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This time around we have the good doctor himself, Werner … Continue reading
Brian Leno keeps the Halloween inbox hopping: Sharp photo with a signed card by John Beal. Poor guy better get a shave if he wants to have any chance at romance with the fainting beauty. Released in theatres as The … Continue reading
Brian Leno pulls another auto from the cast of James Whale’s The Bride of Frankenstein: Valerie Hobson, also known as Baroness Frankenstein in Universal’s 1935 classic The Bride of Frankenstein. The signature is a little shaky, as it’s on a … Continue reading
Another arcane John Hancock from the vaults of Brian Leno: Dr. Pretorius, Ernest Thesiger, from The Bride of Frankenstein. It’s a great movie but the scene with the little people created by Pretorius is just downright silly. Painful to watch. … Continue reading
Brian Leno continues his Halloween cornucopia: The autograph of Prudence Hyman, who played the Gorgon in Hammer’s aptly titled The Gorgon, from 1964. Prudence doubled in the monster scenes for Barbara Shelley, supposedly because she could glide effortlessly across the … Continue reading
This year Halloween snuck up on me on little cat’s feet, but Brian Leno remembered the annual tradition we’ve had going on with eldritch John Hancocks, year after year. He’s begun popping them in for interested eyeballs: “Pigeons from Hell” … Continue reading
Or would it be Conandrum? In his constant prowling around eBay from his lair in Bismarck, North Dakota, Brian Leno noticed something neither he nor I could recall hearing of before — a chunk out of a Robert E. Howard … Continue reading