The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women is a work of memoir and autobiography by American author James Ellroy published in 2010. Ellroy dedicated the memoir "To Erika Schickel." The epigraph for The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women is "I will take Fate by the throat. —Ludwig van Beethoven." The hardcover publication is printed on deckle edge paper. The unabridged audiobook version is narrated by Ellroy himself.
The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women chronicles Ellroy's childhood, his confession of guilt over wishing his mother dead, his wild teen life, love affairs, marriages, and finally, his finding of an extraordinary woman whom Ellroy refers to as "Her." It is a narrative of emotion, insight, sexuality, and spiritual quest.