Category Archives: Lit

Hollywood Beat: When Chandler Was Home

Brian Wallace popped me the news that Raymond Chandler’s home in La Jolla — given how often he moved around, kind of his main lair — is up for serious renovation and the addition of a second story. If that … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Bill Breiding Omnibus

Pretty much the last thing I might have expected to roll in would have been an omnibus — under the banner of Rose Motel — of Bill Breiding’s “Fanzine Pieces 1980-2014.” Years pass and I don’t hear from Bill, then Bingo. … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: The Painted Gun

I should mention a new crime novel that popped earlier this month, since it’s got the local angle for those of you who may be collecting San Francisco mysteries — rife with Bay Area action, though toward the end it … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Lost Arkham Imprint

I forgot to mention that John D. Haefele wrapped up his three-part series on August Derleth and the Little Review. The third part is kind of the good one — the closer — since it deals with Derleth’s own little … Continue reading

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Hammett: The Maltese Cruise Ship

— and other curiosities of travel to exotic climes! Our pal Kevin Cook recently percolated over to Europe, and sends back a report. First, on whether you can find a Maltese falcon on Malta: “Trust me, you wouldn’t have wanted … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Lin Carter Provides a Footnote (of Sorts) to “Conan vs. Conantics”

In recent months I’ve been having a fast and furious round of email discussions with Kevin Cook, and I managed to turn him into another huge fan of the excellent San Francisco mystery The Man With My Face by Samuel … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Arrggghhh. . .

When I was roaming the Internet the other day, browsing memoirs of Ed Gorman (and I just had the memory that during my phone chat with him, Gorman also rushed to the defense of John D. MacDonald, who gets a little … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Lit World of San Francisco Now Podcasted

If you missed the live transmission of my interview on BFF.fm a month ago, it is now in an archive and ready to be listened to. One minute short of two hours, most of the chatter concerns my book The … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Ed Gorman and a Book That Could Have Been

Noticed that today is Ed Gorman Day across the web. After a long battle with cancer, Gorman died on October 15. I spotted immediate tributes by fellow writers such as Bill Crider and James Reasoner. The appeal of his fiction … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Something Else Fishy for Hallowe’en

If you surf over to Element 118 Books you’ll find a new horror story by Brian Leno served up for Hallowe’en. Brian must have gotten deep into the spooks and goblins mood this year, since he just did a little rundown … Continue reading

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