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.”
Monthly Archives: September 2013
You know how it is, you just sit around and try to mind your own business, and things start impinging on you. The other day I was watching Jeopardy! when a clew asked for the author of the 2012 novel The … Continue reading
When we hoof up to Dashiell Hammett Street on the tour, I usually provide a thumbnail history of how it got named in honor of the author of The Maltese Falcon — alongside eleven other streets renamed in honor of various authors … Continue reading
“I now see that John Haefele,” S.T. Joshi observes on his blog for August 31, “has written an angry response to my review of his Look at the Derleth Mythos [sic, since Joshi gets the title wrong].” Really? Angry? Anyone who … Continue reading
A new article by John D. Haefele on Lovecraft’s last story sale to Weird Tales, in his lifetime, just got picked up for inclusion in Lovecraft Annual no. 7 — I haven’t read any of the other contents, but the Haefele … Continue reading
When I did the post about doing yet another reread of the Dyson stories by Arthur Machen, I had the nagging thought that I was missing one or more — one, as it turns out. “The Inmost Light” — which … Continue reading
Just surfed across an article doing some more dumping on the movie R.I.P.D. — in the headline, quoting star Jeff Bridges as declaring that the movie is “Underwhelming.” In the text I see that he said it was “a little … Continue reading
Over on the Two-Gun Raconteur blog our good pal Brian Leno — henceforth to be known as Brian Leno, the Famous Masochist — just posted a review of the new Cthulhu Mythos novel by S.T. Joshi. Pretty much all of … Continue reading
Someone else flying in from Australia gave me more than a month’s advance notice, asking for a walk on Sunday October 13 — one where anyone with twenty bucks and four hours to burn can join in on. The usual. … Continue reading