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: Fritz Leiber
Don’t think that during my deep hibernation of Xmas/The Onset of Winter I did nothing at all, even if doing nothing was the prevailing theme. I remembered that I never polished off the Sherlock Holmes stories decades ago, stopping after the … Continue reading
For this month you’ll find a walk offered on Sunday June 12, where anyone can show up with $20 and join in. No appointment needed, but comfortable shoes come in handy. Noon start at the “L” sculpture. Followed by some … Continue reading
In case someone is interested, how about a look-see at the cover of the new eBook from Morgan Holmes before he got a Hugo nomination? Still a great graphic — the trick is to make the eBook covers pop when … Continue reading
As I was just reporting, Jeopardy! didn’t have any Hammett clews in March — but they snuck in another Up and Down These Mean Streets favorite that was much more of a surprise. March 31, snowballing toward Final Jeopardy, with a … Continue reading
Couldn’t help but think of Fritz Leiber when I noticed the article about astronaut Scott Kelly growing two inches taller after not quite a year in space. Instantly conjured up Fritz’s 1968 novel A Spectre is Haunting Texas, whose protagonist … Continue reading
To give him a different sort of wrap for his multi-part series on the Centennial of Leigh Brackett, I sent Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes some images from a copy of the program book for the 1964 World Science Fiction Convention — … Continue reading
Mere months after putting the wraps to Hobgoblin Apollo, Donald Sidney-Fryer has placed his autobio with Hippocampus Press and they’re offering it at half-off — I think that is the presale price. The sample cover is an early draft version, … Continue reading
Got a note from the Jersey Noir photog Mark Krajnak — he appreciated my comparison of his cover for the new Race Williams omnibus to Alan Ladd, somehow summoning that sort of evocative iconography. That’s what happens with art, if you … Continue reading
Hey-hey. Friday the 13th! What eldritch and unspeakable image or subject would be an apt fit for today, I wonder, I wonder. . . ? How about the pic above by Michael Moses, who added some Lovecraft idols to a … Continue reading
What ho, it is Biography Month once again on Up and Down These Mean Streets — last time I did one was July 2012. The new bio of Jim Tully was a big excuse that time, and no doubt the … Continue reading