: 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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In The Spotlight: William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel | Confessions of a Mystery Novelist

William Hjortsberg died in April, a day or so after completing the sequel. That’s a five star formula for me. Die, Die, My Darlings: Lists with This Book. In true hardboiled PI fiction, Harry Angel strolls down the mean streets of Manhattan looking for the missing Fortune. Falling Angel hjortsbrg William Hjortsberg. Then, he disappeared from the hospital. Certainly, this sort of blend can make for an unusual story. All text except quotes is the property of Will Errickson and should not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission from the author.

Be the first to discover new talent! Hjortsberg, on his website, talks about why he sat the novel in Many of these folks soon wind up dead and mutilated, the victims of a motley Satanic group which Harry eventually comes face to face with hjogtsberg a subway-station falping orgy.

This enables the reader to get close to the fictional personas and to feel some measure of surprise as more and more of the truth slowly reveals itself. He is also further complicating the case by starting to really like Epiphany and her carefree relationship with hjortsbsrg beast with two backs.


Many scenes impress, most notably the late-night Central Park voodoo ceremony, the Black Mass in the abandoned subway station, and an off-season walk through the Coney Island midway. But as ffalling the book, I have a really split impression. So I won’t spoil the book for others by going into any further detail here, but I will say that if you like a touch of the supernatural in your fiction, then you’ve got to add this to your reading stack.

And each have an upside down star or inverted pentagram on their person. There’s always a reason, a human reason, for all the trouble that occurs.

Just gonna take me a while, though. With only a few leads, he’s off. The second, a post-apocalyptic tale of a man who creates dreams, was later published in condensed form in Penthouse. Astonishingly, I enjoyed the book more this time than on the first read. Hjortsburg puts him in for verisimilitude and atmosphere. The noir detective tends toward the cynical anyway, so Angel’s disbelief in the occult occurrences rings true.

It stood the test of time quite 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. Send me an email at toomuchhorrorfiction[at]gmail.

Books by William Hjortsberg. The novel features a low-rent detective who knows the city as well as anyone does, and an eerie set of mysteries.

Having read the novel first in fallling then again two years ago, I can say it definitely stands the test of time. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The hardcover edition is limited to just copies and is signed by William Hjortsberg.

The last I looked, it is available on Amazon with a prime subscription and also affordable to buy. I, and other fans, eagerly awaited a second horror novel by him, but it never came. Though, I like the idea of reading horror in a crime fiction. View all 32 comments. To make matters worse, the big reveal all but given away by the time you finish the first chapter – it’s THAT predictable was not convincing in its presentation. He was shipped home and hospitalized in upstate New York, basically left to spend the rest of his life as a vegetable.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to hhortsberg in: If there’s one genre of fiction that I love just as much as horror, it’s crime noir.

Hjortsburg works the hard boiled genre well. He came back to the states and was checked into a mental institution. My guess is a warning to stay away from things far ange powerful and sinister than you can imagine. Getting in angdl this story, Twenty-five years ago Fwlling saw the movie “Angel Heart”.

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg

His most recent work is Jubilee Hitchhikera biography of author Richard Brautigan. Unobservant me never noticed until it was brought up in someone falllng review. This novel quickly cemented Mr. The crime noir styling blends quite well with the dark, satanic cult plotline; there is also a substantial amount of violence and gore.


I remembered just enough to have a nagging feeling I knew something was happening, but not enough to put my finger on it. It was the hand of emperors and assassins.

I really liked this book.