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: Stephen King
Rediscovered: Straubomination and Others
What could we do for Autograph Hound Super-Sunday? How about an exciting return to the Quest for the Worst Autograph Ever? Remember the other week when John D. Haefele sent in an image from a Karl Edward Wagner book he’d … Continue reading
Rediscovered: Brian Leno Reviews a Bestseller; or, Amazing Exploits of the Tallest Midget
When I began my casual gig reviewing books for Publishers Weekly back in 2000, I told Pete the editor that I wasn’t interested in covering any novels that were being packaged as “bestsellers” — I did my time earlier in those … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News, REH Tagged Arkham House, August Derleth, Bobby Derie, Brian Leno, James Patterson, Jason Colavito, John D. Haefele, Manchette, Matt Cardin, PW, S.T. Joshi, Scott Connors, Stanley Wiater, Stephen King
Frisco Beat: Call Me Al — Al Catraz
For a brief while in there, ennui seized me in its grip, and it seemed like the only thing I had to live for (in the current popular entertainment landscape, at any rate) was the return of The Walking Dead, any … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Frisco, News Tagged Alcatraz, Creepy Karpis, Daryl Dixon, Deadwood, Douglas Fairbanks, Ed Lauter, Geri Jewell, Hurley, Jean Hagen, Joe Gores, Leo Grin, Leon Rippy, Lost, Missi Pyle, Monk, Noir City, Richard Layman, Sam Neill, Sarah Jones, Stephen King, Terry Zobeck, The Artist, The Mark of Zorro, The Walking Dead, Vince Emery
News: December 2006
IF YOU’RE FAST There’s a tour open to all on Sunday December 3rd — same details as on the Tour Page. A couple coming in from Australia asked for this one (giving Don enough lead time to get it in … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News, Tour Tagged "Stephen King: The Good the Bad and the Academic", "The Shadow of the Dragon", Bruce Lee, Conan, Dennis McHaney, Harold Bloom, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, Jiro Kimura, Stephen King, Tentacle Sessions, The Maltese Falcon Society, The Man from Cross Plains, Wall Street Journal