: 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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Inhorror fiction was starting to establish itself as a genre where writers could actually make a living.

Robert McCammon had already seen Baal published infallinh though there were no novels inhe had two different ones come out in Grant and Ramsey Campbell were also starting to come upon the scene with Dean Koontz and his novel, Phantoms, just around the corner. It was a great time to be a reader and to be a writer of horror fiction.

This novel quickly cemented Mr. I, and other fans, eagerly awaited a second horror novel by him, but it never came. As it turned out, Falling Angels was Mr.

William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review

Though he wrote a few other novels, none of them made a lasting impression like Falling Angel. As the author is quick to point out, Falling Angel has been in print in one format or another for the last thirty years, which is quite an amazing accomplishment, considering this was his only bestseller. Having fallng the novel first in and then again two years ago, I can say it definitely stands the test hjortsbefg time. Make no mistake, Falling Angel is still an absolute winner thirty-three years later!


Unlike the movie, the novel stays in New York State during the year 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. fallung

It seems that Mr. 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. Johnny sang with the Spider Simpson band and was the first real singer to hit the big time before Sinatra came along.

He supposedly is still there. When Cyphre attempted to see Hjortdberg, the staff said no. It seems that Favorite was a practitioner of the dark arts and supposedly conjured up the devil during a Black Mass.

Johnny Favorite also had a girlfriend on the side, which was heavily into Voodoo and owned an herbal store. The thing that really scares Angel is the fact that bodies are starting to turn up wherever his investigation takes him.

William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review – Horror Novel Reviews

Before the novel is over, however, this will turn out to be the least of his worries as Angle discovers the truth about Johnny Favorite and where he is. One thing that Falling Angel does, besides entertain you, is to give you a close look at New York City in The author provides the reader with a detailed tour of the town that adds authenticity to the plot. The novel was also written with precision and clarity that offers a detailed image of the cultural times and the individual characters.


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. A Highly recommended classic in the field of horror.


Managed to get hold of a copy of this in a dingy comic book store in the early eighties and was blown away by it. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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