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: Fritz Leiber Tour
Hammett: A Parable for Valentine
An even eighty-eight years ago today Knopf released a little tale of mystery and romance you know by the handle of The Maltese Falcon. Yes, timed for release on Valentine’s Day. Every Valentine’s Day for years now I’ve had to … Continue reading
Posted in Dash Tagged Brian Wallace, Flitcraft Parable, Fritz Leiber Tour, Jim Nelson, Valentine
Frisco Beat: On the Mean Streets with Fritz and Sam
Don’t think that during my deep hibernation of Xmas/The Onset of Winter I did nothing at all, even if doing nothing was the prevailing theme. I remembered that I never polished off the Sherlock Holmes stories decades ago, stopping after the … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, Tour Tagged Fritz Leiber, Fritz Leiber Tour, Halloween, Jim Nelson, M.R. James, Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tenderloin, Xmas
Frisco Beat: October 4, On Air with Burrito Justice
On Tuesday October 4 I drop into the studio from noon to 2p.m. for an episode of the Burrito Justice Show, a.k.a. the Burrito Justice League — I believe Burrito himself will be on the control panel and Nicole Gluckstern … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Lit, News, SFSC, Tour Tagged Alex Haley, Burrito Justice, Fritz Leiber Tour, Jan Kerouac, literary streets, Literary World of San Francisco, Nicole Gluckstern, Richard Henry Dana
Rediscovered: Xmas Noir
Got a note from the Jersey Noir photog Mark Krajnak — he appreciated my comparison of his cover for the new Race Williams omnibus to Alan Ladd, somehow summoning that sort of evocative iconography. That’s what happens with art, if you … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, SFSC, Tour Tagged Alan Ladd, Cacophony Society, Fritz Leiber, Fritz Leiber Tour, Jersey Noir, John Law, Kepler space telescope, Mark Krajnak, Race Williams, SantaCon, Xmas
Sinister Cinema: Conjure Wife
On the Fritz Leiber Tour the other day I was asked if any movies have been made from his books. Sure. A few, at least — topped by no less than three versions of his excellent supernatural horror novel Conjure … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Lit Tagged A. Merritt, Conjure Wife, Fritz Leiber, Fritz Leiber Tour, Halloween, John D. Haefele, Lon Chaney Jr., Lovecraft, The Walking Dead, Weird Woman
Tour: Fritz Leiber!
Okay, before I head out the door on another trip, yes, I am planning a Fritz Leiber Tour for Sunday October 28th — details to follow. I figure it won’t begin any earlier than noon, no later than 3 p.m. … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, News, Tour Tagged August Derleth, Cthulhu Mythos, Fritz Leiber, Fritz Leiber Tour, John D. Haefele, Lovecraft, Our Lady of Darkness