Synopses & Reviews
“An experience you will never forget.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“The Exorcist is as superior to most books of its kind as an Einstein equation is to an accountants column of figures.”
—New York Times Book Review
Four decades after it first terrified the world, William Peter Blattys The Exorcist is back! An extraordinary classic work of horror and dark paranormal suspense—widely considered one of the most frightening novels ever written—Blattys masterpiece of unrelenting chills was the basis for the acclaimed Academy Award-nominated motion picture directed by William Friedkin and starring Ellen Burstyn and Max Von Sydow. Rediscover the power of The Exorcist in this stunning 40th Anniversary Edition, as a desperate mother and two priests fight to free the soul of a little girl from a supernatural entity of pure malevolence.
The phenomenal bestseller that inspired the classic motion picture--newly re-released in a version you've never seen before
Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. Inspired by a true story of a child s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.
Two years after its publication, The Exorcist was, of course, turned into a wildly popular motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. On opening day of the film, lines of the novel s fans stretched around city blocks. In Chicago, frustrated moviegoers used a battering ram to gain entry through the double side doors of a theater. In Kansas City, police used tear gas to disperse an impatient crowd who tried to force their way into a cinema. The three major television networks carried footage of these events; CBS s Walter Cronkite devoted almost ten minutes to the story. The Exorcist was, and is, more than just a novel and a film: it is a true landmark.
Purposefully raw and profane, The Exorcist still has the extraordinary ability to disturb readers and cause them to forget that it is just a story. Published here in this beautiful fortieth anniversary edition, it remains an unforgettable reading experience and will continue to shock and frighten a new generation of readers.
"Read the book! It's an experience you will never forget." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The Exorcist is as superior to most books of its kind as an Einstein equation is to an accountant's column of figures." New York Times Book Review
The Exorcist changed popular culture forever. Now, William Peter Blattys groundbreaking storythe runaway bestseller that started it allis reincarnated in this spectacular 40th Anniversary Edition, perfect for fans of the classic film. Readers of supernatural horror stories from Salems Lot to Sandman Slim will be enthralled by the novel that burst through societys seven seals, a tale that plumbs the true depths of darkness within us all and the novel that paved the way for the entire genre that followed it: the unforgettable Exorcist.
Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blattys thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.
About the Author
William Peter Blatty is a writer and filmmaker. The Exorcist, written in 1971, is his magnum opus; he also penned the subsequent screenplay, for which he won an Academy Award. His most recent works include the novels Elsewhere, Dimiter, and Crazy.