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.
Plugged by Tom Nolan in The Wall St. Journal.
Includes the first “Mr. Hunt” story, “Knives in the Dark.”
Tag Archives: Weird Tales
On the tour in recent years (three or four years ago, five, not twenty years ago, not thirty-five) a woman mentioned that her uncle — or maybe he was her great-uncle — like Hammett also had written for the pulp Black Mask. … Continue reading
And how about another new Guest Blogger dipping his toes into the Mean Streets waters? Today we feature Kevin Cook with a brief review of the academic litcrit collection The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales, which originally ran in his zine … Continue reading
How about a new Guest Blogger for These Mean Streets? You’ve encountered Tom Krabacher’s name here before, notably in my report on PulpFest 2015. Just yesterday I was dismissing the academic compilation The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales (yet another poorly-edited … Continue reading
Courtesy Leo Grin, the shot above first appeared (in b&w) in The Cimmerian V1n3 for August 2004 — showing Bob Weinberg gleefully enacting the abduction of the 1937 edition of A Gent from Bear Creek from the Robert E. Howard … Continue reading
If you know much about August Derleth, you know he made his rep equally between writing for pulps such as Weird Tales and doing the more artsy wordplay for Little Reviews — eventually he even combined the two fields of … Continue reading
Barbarian, that is. . . . Just about a week ago I mentioned the news that Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes was up for a Hugo Award, and said, “Now, if only he had a book out collecting some of the … Continue reading
Leigh Brackett would have been 26 the day Pearl Harbor came under attack, and today is birthday 100. My pal Morgan Holmes mentioned the anniversary to me the other day, saying various people were doing an array of blog posts … Continue reading
Remember how John D. Haefele was nudging me to do a reread on H. P. Lovecraft’s Fungi from Yuggoth sonnet cycle a few months ago, which led to my micro-essay “Pigeons from Hell from Lovecraft”? I give Haefele a blurb … Continue reading
Our occasional Guest Blogger Brian Leno, hot off the release of his first book — Lovecraft’s Southern Vacation, slugging it out to keep a toehold in the Top Ten and Twenty of the Amazon Horror Litcrit Bestseller list — continues … Continue reading
Image above: Howardian academics confronted with a Deconstructionist Debacle — image itself, a Footnote to the Great Flivver War of 2015 (academics love their footnotes, and this pic precisely captures my view of academics and their apparatus). While of course I intend … Continue reading