: Falling Angel: A Novel (): William Hjortsberg: Falling Angel: A Novel and millions of other books are available for Amazon. In , Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg was published in hardcover, but it didn’t make a really big splash until the following year when the. To show you what I mean, let’s turn today’s spotlight on William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel. The inspiration for Alan Parker’s film Angel Heart.

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I like how the relationship between Harry and a lady love are better explored in written form, with more scenes and better fleshed out. An entertaining read, but very heavy on the foreshadowing.


It stood the test of time faloing well– possibly since I have in the interim read a lot of other authors, his literary allusions might stand out better to my mind now. Or at least that’s the story.

What seems fairly straightforward at first glance becomes more and more complicated as the investigation continues. Sucker private eye Harry Angel should have brushed up on his basic satanist symbolism as his “client” Louis Cypher get it? Published November 1st by Millipede Press first published Send me an email at toomuchhorrorfiction[at]gmail. A down and out private investigator, Harry Angel, is hired by a rather strange elegantly dressed gentleman, Louis Cyphre, through the law firm of attorney Herman Winesap.

They may be out of print but they’re easily obtained. Johnny sang with the Spider Simpson band and was the first real singer to hit the big time before Sinatra came along. Just when you think you know hjortsberrg going to happen or what just happenedthe story slips away from your grasp.

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The movie has a few missteps but it is still pretty powerful stuff. During his investigation, Angel finds himself enmeshed in a disturbing occult milieu.

A Highly recommended classic in the field of horror. View all 4 comments. Return to Book Page. Conjure Wife and Our Lady of Darkness Until the last 30 pages, there was nothing in this that made me want to keep reading.

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg

What seems fairly straightforward at first glance becomes more and more compl William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel was the basis for the movie Angel Heart hkortsberg, and, Mickey Rourke notwithstanding, it’s a mighty fine adaptation. Se limitaba a cumplir con su deber. If anngel wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: The crime noir styling blends quite well with the dark, satanic cult plotline; there is also a substantial amount of violence and gore.

Better known as Johnny Favorite, he was a talented jazz musician. Oct 13, Gary rated it really liked it Shelves: I highly recommend it. And Angel is no less guilty of some of that violence than any of the other characters.

I read it in two days. Mickey Rourke, before he decided to let boxing mangle his ange, plays Angel.

The movie moves the story from New York to New Orleans, though, and in that respect, the black magic and other supernatural elements may make more sense. The investigation takes many unexpected turns and eventually Harry ends up involved with blues musicians, jhortsberg swamis, voodoo priestesses and a satanic cult.

Contributors Will Errickson toomuchhorrorfiction. Aug 22, Sandy rated it it was amazing. This article about a horror novel of the s is a stub. And Angel’s been hired by someone to find a missing singer who’s been in said hospital but has hjortsberb. I can see why this one is considered a classic Although this book is quite gruesome and violent, and has elements that I often prefer to avoid, — still it is an incredible, compelling, astonishing book, hjotrsberg one that angep in my mind.


Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. When he returned, he was badly physically and emotionally damaged, and ended up having to be placed in a special hospital. Mar 01, Miriam rated it liked it Shelves: As you read on my blog it’s definitely one of my absolute favorite horror films. So far, so good. I really liked this book.

The author went overboard in his attempts to remind you that the story is set in the s. The first half of the book started really strong but did lose it’s way a bit two thirds in, the pacing seemed to slack off fallinng it wasn’t quite as engaging making hjortsbetg easy to put down.

William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel was the basis for the movie Angel Heartand, Mickey Rourke notwithstanding, it’s a mighty fine adaptation. I’m a huge fan of noir crime fiction, and someone recommended this book as one I’d like in that genre. The thing that really scares Angel is the fact that bodies are starting to turn up wherever his investigation hjortsber him.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Like most, I was made aware of this book through “Angel Heart.

I would not, therefore, recommend this as a mystery, but if you want a noir about doomed people in NY City you may enjoy it. There is one terribly cheesy shot however but overall it is so worth rewatching.