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: Paul Herman
Hammett: From Poisonville to Red Harvest, “Chapter One”
A couple of months ago I was prowling through the inventory of Mean Streets posts to salvage as yet unpublished material from the backlog. A few tentative ideas that got to skeletal mock-up stage I just deleted — weeding the … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Lit Tagged Black Mask, Frederic Dannay, Jo Hammett, Paul Herman, PulpFest, Red Harvest, Richard Layman, Terry Zobeck, The Big Book of the Continental Op
Rediscovered: FLIVVER GAME (!!!)
Operatives of the Mean Streets scour the country, looking for clews. I know it. I trust you know it. Agent Paul Herman just sent in a report after he “went to a collectible ephemera show in Hartford last weekend.” Naturally, … Continue reading
Posted in REH, Tour Tagged Black Mask, Flivver Game, flivvers, Milton Bradley, Paul Herman
Rediscovered: PulpFest 2015 — On the Whole, I’d Rather Not Be in Philadelphia
Got to the airport predawn on Thursday August 13, plenty of time to fly to Phoenix, catch the connecting flight to Columbus, Ohio, so I’d hit this year’s PulpFest by 4p.m., before they even cracked open the doors of the … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News, SFSC, Willeford Tagged August Derleth, Autographs, Avram Davidson, Bill Lampkin, Bill Mann, Bill Thinnes, Black Mask, Bob Byrne, Brian Earl Brown, Chet Williamson, Chuck Miller, Fritz Leiber, George Vanderburgh, German Village, Jim Barron, John D. Haefele, John DeWalt, John Gunnison, literary homes, Lovecraft, Mike Chomko, Morgan Holmes, Noir Con, Paul Herman, Philadelphia, Poe, PulpFest, Rah Hoffman, Ron Hilger, Schmidt's Sausage Haus, Scott Connors, Scott Hartshorn, Solar Pons, Steve Eng, Terry Zobeck, The Pulpster, Tom Krabacher, Underwood-Miller, Walker Martin, Warren Harris, Will Murray, William Lampkin, William Maynard, Wilson Warneld
Hammett: All He Wrote
And now, on Birthday 120, it is time to do a recount — we’ll call these The Zobeck Statistics. As anyone who has been on the tour knows, I personally count The Big Knockover as a novel (if a short novel), … Continue reading