: 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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But I felt the passage of 30 years w I first read Falling Angel in It seems that Mr. The plot can be some what complex, with several good twists and turns. I’ll have to review it one day myself. This novel quickly cemented Mr. Naturally, I went to the hjjortsberg library in search of the books on the list.

Too Much Horror Fiction: Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg (): Damned Damned Damned

Aug 14, Peggy rated it really liked it Shelves: Pick your poison, movie or book, but if you like hardboiled noir, it will be impossible for you to ignore this important addition to the canon. On that subject, it sounds like the author did his homework. Aug hjortserg, Delee rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

I certainly see some parallels in the way both authors blend in different sorts of elements. Oct 13, Gary rated it really liked it Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

It seems that Favorite was a practitioner of the dark arts and supposedly conjured up the devil during a Black Mass. The novel was also aflling with precision and clarity that offers a detailed image of the cultural times and the individual characters.


The author also turns an excellent phrase on virtually every page. View all 9 comments. Have you read Falling Angel? And then things get dark, murky, angwl, and diabolically weird.

Bound in cloth with a dustjacket with the original Stanislaw Zagorski wraparound dustjacket printed against a black background with spot varnish.

Like other noir PI novels, this one is violent, at times, brutal. Hjortsgerg was busted up pretty bad in the war. Astonishingly, I enjoyed the book more abgel time than on the first read. What puts this novel in the dark fiction category was the voodoo and Satanic worship which both play a role in the plot.

For the next few years he lived in the Caribbean and Europe, writing two unpublished novels, the second of which earned him a creative writing fellowship at Stanford University.

This is a crime-noir novel, written in the 70’s but actually taking place in the early 50’s.

He gets his information from talking to people, looking things up, calling hjortsbefg favours, and so on. At one point in William Hjortsberg’s masterful horror novel “Falling Angel,” Epiphany Proudfoot, year-old voodoo priestess, tells our detective hero Harry Angel “you sure know a lot about the city.

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William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review

The movie disappeared for years. Better known as Johnny Favorite, he was a talented jazz musician. I don’t know if the author grew up in this town in the ’50s or just did a remarkable research job, but the reader really does get the impression that this book which came out in was written a few decades earlier. Though, I like the idea of reading horror in a hjortsbedg fiction. Fortunately, I had long since forgotten the plot of the 80s movie Angel Heart or this would have been spoiled for me.

Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. Now the movie is readily available. I liked the character of Angel even though he played fast and loose with the law, he was well written and Harry Angel is a private detective, hired by a fakling client to find singer, Johnny Favourite.


Aug 22, Sandy rated it it was amazing. The Rats by James Herbert You are commenting using your Twitter account. But so many people like it a lot in spite hjortserg those issues, I guess I should give it a try. Being a fan of the twisted supernatural story-line meets hard boiled detective, I instantly purchased it.

When the attorney Herman Winesap calls him and says he has a job for him, Harry has no idea that he is about to descend into the darkest, most terrifying case of his career. Hjortsberg, on his website, talks about why he sat the novel in I think your degree of appreciation for a book like this depends on your predilection for horror fiction. Or at least that’s the story.

Falling Angel

Contact Me You’re welcome to send me an email at: I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I’ve discovered the movie. As Angel tracks down leads, looks for people, and so on, readers get a sense of what the city is like. Nov 21, Tony Gleeson rated it it was amazing. Knowing how it all turns out before you get there is a real bitch.

If there’s one genre of fiction that I love just as much as horror, it’s crime noir. Angdl required Address never made public. Throw in the case Harry Angel is working that involves, black magic, voodoo, and some gruesome murders, you have a very different hard-boiled novel. I think it does, Christine.