BOOK REVIEW: Night Calls the Green Falcon by Robert McCammon

In the world of literature, there are authors who leave an indelible mark on a genre, reshaping it with their unique storytelling abilities. Robert McCammon is one such author, renowned for his contributions to the horror and dark fantasy genres. While he may not have achieved the same level of recognition as Stephen King or Dean Koontz, his work deserves equal praise and admiration.

One of McCammon's notable works is "Night Calls the Green Falcon," a novella that captivates readers with its nostalgic charm and relentless pace. Published in 1988 as part of the anthology "Silver Scream," this story quickly gained popularity and was later included in McCammon's collection "Blue World." In this article, we will delve into the world of "Night Calls the Green Falcon" and explore why it holds a special place in the hearts of readers.

The Protagonist: Creighton Flint, a Faded Hero

At the heart of "Night Calls the Green Falcon" is the protagonist, Creighton Flint, a washed-up actor who once donned the iconic mask of the Green Falcon. Flint, whose real name is Creighton Boomershine, was a champion athlete from the Midwest who ventured to Hollywood in the early 1950s. During the declining days of movie serials, he starred in four films as the masked crimefighter known as the Green Falcon.

However, tragedy struck and cut short Flint's promising career, leaving him a mere shadow of his former self. Now residing in a rundown apartment in a seedy neighborhood of Hollywood, Flint clings to memories of his celluloid heroism. He still possesses the worn-out costume of the Green Falcon, a relic of his glory days.

The Fliptop Killer: A Quest For Justice

As Flint's life spirals into mediocrity, a serial murderer known as The Fliptop Killer terrorizes the streets of his neighborhood. Preying on the vulnerable street people, the killer's actions strike close to home when a friend of Flint becomes one of the victims. Fueled by grief and a desire for justice, Flint embarks on a quest to track down the murderer.

However, Flint's pursuit of justice takes an unexpected turn when he decides to don the uniform of the Green Falcon. This decision attracts unwanted attention and complicates his mission, blurring the lines between his quest for justice and his longing to reclaim his lost heroism.

A Nostalgic Tribute to Serials and Superheroes

What sets "Night Calls the Green Falcon" apart is its unabashed love letter to serials, comic books, and pulps that shaped the imaginations of many. McCammon skillfully weaves in elements of nostalgia, capturing the essence of a bygone era. Through Flint's character, the novella pays homage to the heroes who once graced the silver screen and the stories that captivated audiences.

McCammon's writing transports readers back to a time when Saturday matinees were eagerly anticipated, where heroes fought against evil with unyielding determination. The novella evokes a sense of longing for the simpler days, a sentiment echoed by many who yearn for the magic and wonder of their childhood.

    "I miss the old days, and I sort of miss them even more after reading Night Calls the Green Falcon." Jedidiah Jacobs, Seabeck, WA

Relentless Pace and a Well-Written Narrative

Robert McCammon

Despite its brevity as a novella, "Night Calls the Green Falcon" packs a punch with its relentless pace. McCammon's storytelling prowess shines through, keeping readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. While the novella opens with a dream scene, a technique that may not appeal to all readers, the narrative quickly gains momentum, immersing readers in Flint's world of danger and intrigue.

McCammon's writing style is crisp and engaging, allowing readers to effortlessly follow the twists and turns of the plot. Each scene unfolds with precision, building tension and suspense, culminating in a satisfying conclusion. The well-written narrative ensures that readers are fully invested in Flint's quest for justice and self-redemption.

In Conclusion

In the realm of horror and dark fantasy, Robert McCammon stands tall, leaving an indelible mark on the genre. "Night Calls the Green Falcon" exemplifies his storytelling prowess, capturing the essence of nostalgia and delivering a thrilling tale of redemption and heroism. Through the character of Creighton Flint, McCammon pays tribute to the heroes of yesteryear, reminding us of the enduring power of serials, comic books, and pulps.

Whether you are a fan of the genre or simply seeking an exciting read, "Night Calls the Green Falcon" is a novella that will transport you to a world of masked heroes and relentless pursuit of justice. McCammon's writing will leave you yearning for the days of old and reignite your love for the stories that shaped your imagination.

So, grab a copy of "Night Calls the Green Falcon" and immerse yourself in the magic and nostalgia of McCammon's storytelling. Rediscover the thrill of the silver screen heroes and join Creighton Flint on his quest to reclaim his lost heroism.


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