: 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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Robert De Niro plays Louis Cyphre, and he is suitably creepy for the role. Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg 7 33 Oct 31, Falling Angel is a horror hjortzberg by William Hjortsberg. His characters are fully created and colorful in an odd mix of bright and sludgy tones. With only a few leads, he’s off. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Usually the supernatural does not blend with this genre, and if it does, it doesn’t usually it do it as daringly. Preview — Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg.

The story grows gradually until a brutal and nearly over the top finale. Many people feel that Falling Angel is the greatest American A spellbinding novel of murder, mystery, and the occult, Falling Angel pits a tough New York private eye against the most fearsome adversary a detective ever faced.

If you have, what elements do you see in it?

It’s a nice juxtaposition of style and content. I can see why this one is considered a classic I believe this book to be a classic, one of the very best I have ever read.

This hard-boiled detective story with an occult twist was adapted for the screen as Angel Heartstarring Robert De Niro. BTW, Will, reading through this blog I’ve really made me want to seek out my horror books and start reviewing them.


It was a great time to be a reader and to be a writer of horror fiction. What seems fairly straightforward at first glance becomes more and more complicated as the investigation continues.


Everything that happened, I was able to predict from hints in the first couple chapters. Living for the Screen: Readers who prefer low levels of violence and gore will notice this.

It tells the story of Harry Angel, P. Your decaying husk is but a temporary vessel on an endless voyage. Speaking of which, the plot was excellent. There’s always a hjoetsberg, a human reason, for all the trouble that occurs. Books by William Hjortsberg. Anyway the noir angle is pretty nicely done. And, as Angel pursues the case, he feels the influence of these forces. While this doesn’t invalidate the story, it does mean that you get thwacked in the forehead with foreshadowing every other paragraph or so.

What a joy to discover it is now available for Kindle. The obviousness of the plot and the literary devices did make it extra-amusing that my copy was annotated by someone who pointed out all the most obvious things: The client, Louis Cyphre, is cryptic with what little information he is willing to share. And there is the required black mass. Given all that, and the fact that the key plot twist is telegraphed a little early, this is one hell of a twisty plot as everyone eventually gets their due.

Oh and this was the basis for the movie Angel Heart which pretty much follows the hjogtsberg faithfully. He stays true to the noir genre. The last thing he should be doing is having his astrology chart configured or have a gypsy read his palm or have a psychoanalyst But I felt the passage of 30 years would dull my memory to the point of writing a bad review.


Be the first to discover new hjortsgerg Up until the final revelations, you’re never quite sure just how it’s all going to turn out. Aug 22, Sandy rated it it was amazing. This didn’t seem to have any so I’m guessing it wasn’t written correctly. On the night of that conversation, the doctor commits suicide or does he? Having read the novel first in and then again two years ago, I can say it definitely stands the test of time.

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg. But so many people like it a lot in spite of those issues, I guess I should give it a try. The book is an enjoyable read if you saw jjortsberg film awhile back.

FALLING ANGEL by William Hjortsberg | Kirkus Reviews

Plus, Hjortsberg wrote the script for “Legend”. But it isn’t mine, which is no doubt my fault and not the author’s.

IMO he’s well worth searching out. Cyphre needs a missing crooner found, Johnny Favorite, who disappeared during World War II after been drafted during his swift rise to success, seriously wounded, and then returned to the states in a somewhat vegetative state.

William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review – Horror Novel Reviews

I should mention the entire book takes place in Manhattan, unlike the movie which has a side trip to New Orleans. I don’t do book reviews, author interviews, or other author promotion.

And yes — the ending is unforgettable. Just don’t do it!!! I began to suspect everyone.