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: Weird Tales
Before he finally retired, Brian Leno spent many long years dealing cards in gambling dens in North Dakota — giving him some authentic Mean Streets cred and pocket money to toss against his Autograph Hound addiction. So when Kevin Cook … Continue reading
In about a month John D. Haefele’s third article for the newly revived Crypt of Cthulhu will hit the eldritch and squamous streets — covering August Derleth’s various published commentaries on the magazine Weird Tales. The mag where a teenaged Derleth … Continue reading
And Kevin Cook — noted pulp and book collector — couldn’t resist sending in some remarks on the subject of autographs. I’m fairly sure Brian Leno has a bigger auto collection, but when it comes to pulp era signers, Kevin may … Continue reading
It’s Autograph Hound Saturday again, and we all know the biggest Autograph Hound making paw prints on These Mean Streets is none other than Brian Leno. Given this opportunity to display a few of the John Hancocks in his trove, … Continue reading
You know that Brian Leno loves to jump in on new litcrit as it breaks here on the Mean Streets. And you know that above all the dude is a stone-cold, steely-eyed Autograph Hound. All the ruminating in re: Farnsworth … Continue reading
Checking the Wikipedia entry for Farnsworth Wright just now, I see that they have the whole issue of whether or not he was fired as editor of Weird Tales boiled down to the inaccurate line “Wright’s failing health forced him to resign as … Continue reading
Ah. And I am proven correct yet again. Most recently, you may recall the post I did largely on the topic of Weird Tales editor Farnsworth Wright where I noted —reviving the term from a debate in the letters column … Continue reading
After getting back to the lair after rolling up to catch Peter Field’s talk in the Tenderloin Museum last night (also grabbed a copy of his new history of The TL — you’ll like it, lots of pictures), I opened … Continue reading
Coming up for air after a long plunge into the edit on John Haefele’s magnum opus on Lovecraft, I thought of an observation from John Locke that I spotted awhile back. I guess the coverage of “The Shunned House” in the … Continue reading