Re: RARA-AVIS: occult PIs

From: Mark R. Harris (
Date: 09 Jun 2008

I think that Angel Heart is a rather under-rated movie. It's well directed by Alan Parker, and has one of the better creepy atmospheres on film since the heyday of Val Lewton.


On 6/9/08, Patrick King <> wrote:
> --- 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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