Thursday, April 20, 2017



I hereby invite anyone who stops by this site—and happens to be in the neighborhood—to attend a benefit for the ACLU this coming Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the fabulous Stookey’s Club Moderne, located at 895 Bush, at Taylor, in San Francisco.

Doors open at 4:30 PM and the festivities start at 5:00 PM and will feature a reading of Allen Ginsberg’s revolutionary Howl, plus music by Sara Klotz de Aguilar, a fashion exhibit by Paul Gallo, plus various other performances and readings, including me, who’ll be reading—not from Butchertown, though I’ll have a copy to show—but from one of my “humor” pieces that seems somewhat relevant to our current anxieties (also known as “satire” though I hope it’s funnier than that).

Opening its doors in 2016, Stookey’s Club Moderne “classic cocktails brings its guests back in time and into the mood of Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco.”

To that, I’ll add it’s a fine place to find a good drink and intelligent company.

(Trivia note: In The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade calls Effie his secretary from an all-night drugstore at Bush and Taylor to tell her of Miles Archer’s demise. A review by Stookey's co-owner Aaron Cole of the city directories of the era indicate that there was indeed, during the late 1920s, an all-night drugstore at the very spot where Stookey’s now stands!)

Copyright 2017 by Thomas Burchfield

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Thomas Burchfield’s Butchertown, a ripping, 1920s gangster shoot-‘em-up  novel will appear next week! His contemporary Dracula novel Dragon's Ark won the IPPY, NIEA, and Halloween Book Festival awards for horror in 2012. He’s also author of the original screenplays Whackers, The Uglies, Now Speaks the Devil and Dracula: Endless Night (e-book editions only). Published by Ambler House Publishing, all are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble,  Powell's Books, and other retailers. His reviews have appeared in Bright Lights Film Journal and The Strand and he recently published a two-part look at the life and career of the great film villain (and spaghetti western star) Lee Van Cleef in Filmfax. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Elizabeth.