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: L. Sprague de Camp
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
From my first published review in Nyctalops in 1974, I have now spent four decades defending the literary legacy of Robert E. Howard — ironically enough, his work as often needs defense from the very people who claim to be … Continue reading
My Howardian pal of many years, Morgan “The Morgman” Holmes has picked up a new blogging gig — he’s holding down the new-post-every-Sunday position for Castalia House. Covering sf and fantasy, the same material — or around the edges of the … Continue reading
In Round One of his review of Conan Meets the Academy, Brian Leno padded into the ring, finding that editor Jonas Prida has a highly breakable glass jaw in the arena of Howard Studies, because he can’t seem to tell much … Continue reading
A little over a year ago our occasional Guest Blogger Brian Leno managed to slug his way through the collection of litcrit on Robert E. Howard, all by academics: Conan Meets the Academy, edited by Jonas Prida. And not too long after … Continue reading
The other day I mentioned in passing some magazines I’ve been associated with over the last thirty-eight years, and to that list you’d have to add Damon Sasser’s REH: Two-Gun Raconteur — one of the earliest of “my” magazines and now certainly … Continue reading
When the article “Conan the Argonaut” appeared in The Cimmerian in 2008, one of the inset quotes, selected to illustrate the mindset that essay argues against, came from Lin Carter in his 1973 book on fantasy literature, Imaginary Worlds, where he … Continue reading
How about another chunk out of the long essay “Conan the Argonaut” by me and Morgan Holmes to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the death of H. P. Lovecraft? Straight from the word doc, pretty self-explanatory: After the First … Continue reading
Birthday 106 for Robert E. Howard today. Almost 76 years since he committed suicide on June 11, 1936. And his name lives on. Not bad for a writer who plied his trade in the pulps and didn’t see a single … Continue reading