The Exorcist is a horror novel by American writer William Peter Blatty. The book details the demonic possession of eleven-year-old Regan MacNeil, the. The Exorcist book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Originally published in , The Exorcist is now a major televisio. Originally published in , The Exorcist is now a major television series on Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction.

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Originally published in , The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of Enlarge Book Cover Audio Excerpt. Left hand banner -. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. The classic horror novel The Exorcist inspired an even creepier movie, but author Mark Danielewski says after he saw the film, it changed the.

Your download helps support NPR programming. When I was 12, the movie was forbidden. What my parents matter-of-factly declared too scary, friends confirmed with added notes of hysteria: In Provo, Utah, where I grew up, Mormon children — and in my world that meant all of my friends — reported how just a glimpse resulted in actual, irreversible possession. No one, though, had explicitly forbidden the book.

Blatty has stated that Harding "was the physical model in my mind when I created the character [of Merrin], whose first name, please note, is Lankester. William S. Bowdern , who formerly taught at both St. Louis University and St.

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Louis University High School. Recent investigative research by freelance journalist Mark Opsasnick indicates that Blatty's novel was based on an actual exorcism of a young boy from Cottage City, Maryland , whom Opsasnick refers to using the pseudonyms Robbie Mannheim and Roland Doe.

The boy was sent to his relative's home on Roanoke Drive in St. Louis where most of the exorcism took place. Karras is researching possession and exorcism to present the case to his superiors. A limited edition of copies with an additional 52 leatherbound copies , it is now out of print. The priest Damien Karras, who also happens to be a psychologist, finds himself confronting not only an evil entity beyond his wildest imaginations, but also his personal struggles with his own faith.

He is damaged, dark, and brooding Jason Miller is Damien Karras in the movie. He dared not love again and lose.

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That loss was too great, that pain too keen. He bowed his head and placed the consecrated Host in his mouth, where in a moment it would stick in the dryness of his throat.

And of his faith. He fathers forth whose beauty is past change. Praise him. Regan or Rags as her mother likes to call her starts exhibiting strange behavior, talking in tongues, and levitating. It is never really explained how or why she becomes possessed. Unless I somehow missed that part. She goes from being a creative, likable, normal twelve year old girl into something that is not only horrifying, but barely recognizable as human.

Linda Blair played Regan in the famous movie version. Karras shifted his gaze to the tangled and thickly matted hair; to the wasted arms and legs and distended stomach jutting up so grotesquely; then back to the eyes: they were watching him Terrifying stuff!

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Media suggested hysteria. Iconic shot from the movie.

The church has a priest who had performed the last exorcism in Critics were divided, but the public loved it. Following a small domestic opening at the end of word spread, and by the time the UK got it the following March, The Exorcist was everywhere.

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More impressive though, when the domestic box office is likewise adjusted The Exorcist becomes the ninth most successful movie of all time in North America. The Exorcist garnered 10 nominations at the 46 th Academy Awards, including three of the four acting honours, and won for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound Mixing well deserved, as the sound is key to the unsettling feel.

It was supposed to be a rumination on faith, not a fright-fest.

Luckily, when he wrote the screenplay, such reservations seem to have been forgotten. Clocks stopping, candles flaring, house lights flashing: The bed levitating and head-spinning are, unsurprisingly, more effective in the film.

The demon threatens to kill her by not letting Regan sleep, leading to Karras bringing in a cardiologist who confirms she is indeed close to death. The film rushes this by having Kinderman tell Karras what happened, but the book has Kinderman visit the morgue, revealing the corpse with its head facing backwards.

So, is there a clear winner? They share the points for atmosphere, but though the book triumphs in the plausibility stakes, not having a two-hour runtime to restrict it, some subplots feel extraneous or undeveloped, which the film streamlines or removes. As for Karras, I found him more relatable on screen.

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