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: Cheese Theatre
Sinister Cinema: The Shadow of Bill Arney
Dropped in on a memorial party for the late great Bill Arney last night in 891 Post, tales were told of his exploits, we found the raw footage of his epic toy tank battle filmed in Death Valley or someplace, … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Frisco Tagged 891 Post, Bill Arney, Cheese Theatre, Gil Trisco P.I.
Blog: Say “Cheese”
In the shot above — used previously for a post of yesteryear — Bill Arney stands against the frame of the Murphy bed in Sam Spade’s apartment in 891 Post Street and regales a tour group with some anecdotage. Bill … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Frisco, News Tagged 891 Post, Bill Arney, Castro Theatre, Cheese Theatre
Sinister Cinema: Cheese for Halloween
The tour group for Sunday the 13th was pretty interesting — of the ten people who showed up ready to walk, slightly more than half seemed to be from Australia, plus we got a guy from Spain, in the burg … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News, Tour Tagged 891 Post, Bill Arney, Cheese Theatre, John Stanley, Laurel Arney, literary homes, Mike Humbert, The Last Man on Earth
Sinister Cinema: World War Z, No Doubt with SPOILERS
Okay, after blurbing it on Cheese Theatre, I had to give the movie World War Z a shot. First, I must congratulate Max Brooks for selling them two words and the letter “Z” —nabbing around a reported $100,000 per letter or thereabout. Sweet . … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Frisco, SFSC Tagged Big Trouble in Little China, Brad Pitt, Cheese Theatre, Danny Trejo, Dawn of the Dead, Diva, Donimique Pinon, Ethan Suplee, Ghostbusters, Jade, James Hong, Jurassic Park, Max Brooks, Michael Biehn, Night of the Living Dead, R.I.P.D., Return of the Living Dead, Rise of the Zombies, Ryan Reynolds, Shaun of the Dead, The Dude, Tom Cruise, War of the Worlds, William Friedkin, World War Z, Zatoichi, Zombieland
Sinister Cinema: Tonight on Cheese Theatre
Just got a close-to-last-minute note from Bill Arney, telling me that the episode of Cheese Theatre featuring The Last Man on Earth — and our discussion thereof — reruns tonight at 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. If you’re in the … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News Tagged Bill Arney, Cheese Theatre, George Romero, Night of the Living Dead, The Last Man on Earth, World War Z
Sinister Cinema: Morgan. . . Morrrgggaaannnnnnnn. . . .
I know that at least one of my regular blog readers waits to watch The Walking Dead until after the season wraps and the DVD/Blu Ray sets appear — which is the way I watch Dexter — so let me do a … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News Tagged Bill Arney, Cheese Theatre, Dexter, Edgar Wallace, King Kong, Lennie James, Morgan Holmes, Shaun of the Dead, The Last Man on Earth, The Walking Dead, Vincent Price
Sinister Cinema: Cheese Zombies This Saturday!
Since I forgot to mention my previous appearance on Cheese Theatre in a timely fashion, allow me to give several days advance notice of my next guest spot. This coming Saturday, December 8, 10p.m. Pacific Standard Time, you can watch me … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News Tagged Bill Arney, Cheese Theatre, The Last Man on Earth, Vincent Price
Sinister Cinema: Cheese Zombies
In the words of a Great American Icon, “DOH!!!” Here I’ve been goofing off, not updating the Blog of the Mean Streets and the Eldritch Spheres (and whatever else attracts my interest at the moment — and, yes, I’m still … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, News Tagged Bill Arney, Brad Pitt, Cheese Theatre, Eddie Muller, Emmett Kelly, George Romero, I Am Legend, John Stanley, Last Blood, Lovecraft, Night of the Living Dead, Richard Matheson, Rock Hudson, The Fat Man, The Last Man on Earth, The Walking Dead, World War Z, Zombie Apocalypse
Hammett: The Fat Man
I took a little break from reading Haefele’s upcoming book on Derleth, Lovecraft, and the Cthulhu Mythos to tie in with Bill Arney and shoot a couple of segments of Cheese Theatre for the upcoming third season. Which meant I finally … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, News Tagged Bill Arney, Cheese Theatre, circus clowns, Emmett Kelly, J. Scott Smart, Jayne Meadows, Parley Baer, Raymond Chandler, Roadhouse Nights, Rock Hudson, The Fat Man, William Castle
Sinister Cinema: John Stanley on Cheese Theatre
— and you can read the rest of the description of the most recent book from the long time host of Creature Features on John Stanley’s website, check out what else he’s been up to lately. Among other things I’ve done in the … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Frisco, News Tagged Bill Arney, Cheese Theatre, Creature Features, Fritz Leiber, John Law, John Stanley