Author Archives: Don

Sinister Cinema: Heresy

In February, when I was generally distracted, the publisher Vince Emery passed along a link to a Hollywood Reporter article on the possible or upcoming movie of the Charles Willeford novel The Burnt Orange Heresy. Who knows if it’ll make it … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Cowboy Elmore

Our pal Nathan Ward is keeping his hand in with this and that, after knocking out his bio of Hammett way back in 2015. Mean Streets Up and Downers no doubt will be interested in reading a blurb he just … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: John D. Haefele on the Prowl

With the raw bulk of his book on Lovecraft turned in and awaiting editing, our pal John D. Haefele already is poking around on his next book, August Derleth of Arkham House, meanwhile feeding tidbits of his research out to … Continue reading

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Hammett: The Clew Pile Hit Again

They just wrapped up the annual Teachers Tournament on Jeopardy! and what do you know, eased yet another Hammett puzzler into the action. On May 15, Double Jeopardy! Round, $2000 clew under the banner of Mysteries & Thrillers: “The Thin … Continue reading

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Tour: No Walks in May, and June Looks Shot, Too

You know how it goes, you go in for a checkup, one thing leads to another, and you find yourself under the knife for triple bypass surgery. Ouch. Anyway, I survived, but it looks as if it’ll take two, maybe … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: A Couple of Footnotes

Yesterday, when I mentioned the death of Stan Sargent on March 6, I definitely was thinking what a fatal month March often is — so much so I plan on keeping my head down in an attempt to squeak through … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Stanley C. Sargent

Counting down to the showing of Lon Chaney’s The Penalty in the Old Mint next Thursday — which I chalk up as one of the successful ideas I pitched to the Tenderloin Museum when they were asking what other programs … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Lon Chaney Hits the Old Mint Again!

If you’ve ever caught the 1920 Lon Chaney silent flick The Penalty, you no doubt remember the sequence where Lon and his mob are looting the Old Mint on the corner of Fifth and Mission. On Thursday March 29 — and, … Continue reading

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Hammett: A Clew Pile or a Deck of Cards?

Jeopardy! dealt another Hammett clew into the show yesterday, March 6 — in the Category Facts About Fiction. The $800 clew: Dashiell Hammett introduced Sam Spade in this novel Yeah, an easy one. One guy got it with the correct … Continue reading

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Hammett: A Parable for Valentine

An even eighty-eight years ago today Knopf released a little tale of mystery and romance you know by the handle of The Maltese Falcon. Yes, timed for release on Valentine’s Day. Every Valentine’s Day for years now I’ve had to … Continue reading

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