The Maltese Falcon, a creation of San Francisco-based detective novelist Dashiell Hammett, is one of the great Weird Icons of American pop culture. Some occultists claim that Hammett's novel is an esoteric allegory of the quest for magical powers. According to them, the Falcon represents Horus, the Egyptian hawk-headed god of magick. Conspiracy theorists point out that Hammett's jeweled falcon was supposedly once owned by the Knights of Malta, a Catholic quasi-secret society which allegedly controls certain corrupt factions within the CIA and the Italian mafia.
- Dr. Weirde