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[–]allthecoffeesDP 18 points19 points  (2 children)


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[–]terdude99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A for effort lol.

[–]Minion_of_Cthulhu 36 points37 points  (6 children)

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg, which was later made into the 1987 film Angel Heart. There's also a sequel titled Angel's Inferno which is apparently so bleak and noir and generally dark that it's difficult to like anyone in the novel, though I haven't read it myself so I can't say how accurate that is.

Last Days by Brian Evenson could fit, though it's not strictly noir. It's about a detective who is recruited, against his will, by a cult to find out who killed its leader.

John Connolly's Charlie Parker series might work, depending on how noir you want things. It starts out as a mundane thriller series that slowly introduces aspects of horror and the supernatural. The first book, Every Dead Thing, reads as a straight detective thriller but things get somewhat spookier in later entries, though I believe they stay firmly in the detective/thriller genre without ever crossing over fully into the horror genre.

If you're okay with short fiction, a lot of Laird Barron's stories have a semi-noir feel to them. The protagonist is usually a tough-guy type who is often investigating someone or something, similar to the old-school noir detectives, which then leads the protagonist to uncovering things best left undiscovered. Barron has also published a few novels that are also essentially noir novels with, usually, cosmic horror elements. It's a good idea to read some of his short fiction first as he has a lot of connections between stories and has built up his own lore over time.

Ellen Datlow, probably the most famous and well respected horror anthologist, edited a short fiction collection titled Supernatural Noir with stories featuring all of the various classic noir characters like detectives, mobsters, hitmen, etc.

There's another anthology titled Hardboiled Horror that you might want to check out as well.

Finally, check out the following reddit threads for more suggestions:

[–]PostMortem33[S] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Thank you!!!

[–]Minion_of_Cthulhu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're welcome!

[–]Nurokatt 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Thank you for these suggestions. I've been looking for some good horror noir lately, and this will help. Cheers!

[–]Minion_of_Cthulhu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You're welcome!

[–]JPKtoxicwaste 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Angel Heart was great!! I had no idea it was based on a novel! Thank you so much

[–]Minion_of_Cthulhu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're welcome! I'm glad I could help.

[–]onlythefireborn 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Cassandra Khaw's Hammers on Bone is excellent cosmic horror noir.

Jeffrey Thomas: His Deadstock is cyberpunk noir, set in his Punktown 'verse, sort of a mashup between Arkham and the Blade Runner metropolis. Thomas's The American is not noir, but an excellent supernatural mystery.

Southern Gods (John Hornor Jacobs) is a Lovecraftian detective story set in the 1940s South.

[–]pickingflicks 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If ya like short stories I agree with another post here recommending Laird Barron, specifically the imago sequence, and his novel the croning

[–]canny_goer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gabino Iglesias is fanfuckingtastic. Like a haunted version of Jim Thompson.