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: Morgan Holmes
Not too long ago Brian Leno tipped me off to a blog devoted to Vincent Starrett, entered via a specific post about the famous book collector’s bookplates. I surfed around some, and quickly realized that blog fell under the same … Continue reading
Birthday 115 today for Robert E. Howard, the Texan who wrought his influences into the genre of headlong adventure known as Sword-and-Sorcery. A pulp writer in his lifetime, his works now tread the world stage under sandaled feet. Leading up … Continue reading
Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes pops along a news article — startling enough it provokes my jaded sensibilities. Turns out the Sword-and-Sorcery — later Sword-and-Soul — author Charles Saunders died at some undetermined point in May of 2020, but when his … Continue reading
You can tell that at the time Cheryl Cline wrote her article on Sword-and-Sorcery for Portable Storage 4 she was unaware of the death of Imaro creator Charles Saunders. Like most, I only got the news late in the year. … Continue reading
A note rolled in just now from longtime guest blogger Terry Zobeck, always trying to keep the Hammett facts straight. He spotted a wrong detail in the Morgan Holmes bit about what kind of .32s the Op carried in “Corkscrew” … Continue reading
Woke up to a note from Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes, who says, “I have my own Hammett gun post up at Castalia. Did not realize you had the Webley one up until this morning. Guess we are all thinking about … Continue reading
Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes was poking around the net, kind of interested in seeing how various writers were being ranked in the hardboiled arena. He found a summary article on Spenser creator Robert B. Parker he thought I might like … Continue reading
Noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook mentioned to me that Up & Down has “yet to feature Theodore Roscoe, who did write fantastic fiction, including two stories in Weird Tales in 1928 — but whom I admire most because … Continue reading
Might as well keep the cover images for recent magazine appearances for John D. Haefele rolling along. Just put up the cover for the new issue of Firsts with his history and checklist of Arkham Ephemera: The Modern Years. And somewhat recently presented … Continue reading
Talk about timing. Our pal Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes just got an interview up today over on Legends of Men, chatting about Robert E. Howard and Sword-and-Sorcery and the usual. The guy only recently discovered Morgan’s eBook Enter the Barbarian and … Continue reading