Re: RARA-AVIS: occult PIs

From: Patrick King (
Date: 09 Jun 2008

--- On Mon, 6/9/08, <> wrote:

The book also got me started thinking about other series that overlap the hardboiled and occult worlds, especially loner investigators who bridge the two worlds. I'm thinking of series like George Chesbro's Mongo series, or shows like Forever Knight, Reaper, the earlier (and far darker, more serious, wish it would come out on DVD) Brimstone, some Angel, though much of it takes place only in the occult world. That last reservation would also rule out Charlie Huston's Joe Pike series. As much as I enjoy it, it's almost entirely set in the politics of the world of vampires, even if that world is used to satirize the real world.
************************************************************************ My favorite occult hard boiled is FALLING ANGEL by William Hjortsberg. It follows an investigation by New York PI Harry Angel in search of a missing jazz crooner who disappeared during WWII. It gets weird very fast. There's an amazing scene in one of those abandoned NYC subway platforms.

A movie based on it called ANGEL HEART, starring Mickey Rourke as Harry with a great supporting cast including DeNiro is worth seeing, too. Director Allen Parker moved the majority of the scenes to New Orleans for some reason. The book begins and ends in New York. The movie is predominantly about VooDoo, the book about ceremonial magick.

Patrick King


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