The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

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by William Peter Blatty
     
 

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“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

Four decades after it first terrified the world, William Peter Blatty’s

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“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

Four decades after it first terrified the world, William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist is back! An extraordinary classic work of horror and dark paranormal suspense—widely considered one of the most frightening novels ever written—Blatty’s 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062094360
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Edition description:
Anniversary Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
592,258
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet 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.

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Exorcist 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 149 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was exactly what I was looking for. It fed me. Page after page it delivered line after line of great storytelling, great characters and great setting. It was eerie without being over the top. It was informative without being boring. It was powerful without being pretentious. This is the ultimate horror novel. It is the standard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although Blatty has always described the Exorcist as more of a detective story, The Exorcist comes across as one of the scariest books, and films of all time. It will tap into your deepest fears, and remains one of the few novels that has and will stand the test of time. An instant classic !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very well-written, suspenseful, disturbing, one-of-a-kind, horror novel. This is not for sissies! It is better than the well-known film. I recommend this for all fans of sheer ultimate horror it is cleverly and expertly written. I dare you to read this and not get chills crawling up your spine...
Robert Messick More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was 11 years old and I have never read anything that has surpassed the sheer terror this book instilled in me. And TRUST me!!! I've read a TON of horror novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a really great read. It held my attention all the way through and I found myself not wanting to put it down. It may be a long book, but I read through it like a flip book. It is wonderfully written and is a great book to read even if you aren't scared by it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this in high school and it scared me to death. I was actually looking forward to the movie, thinking, 'It couldn't possibly be worse (scarier) than the book.' WRONG! Truly, this is one of the most disturbing things ever to hit the page or screne
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie when I was a kid. I was frightened for MONTHS. Now 31, I decided to read the book. Here I am, absolutely scared again. Forget all you know, don't intellectualize the book and you will feel all its impact. Just let it take over you. Absolutely recomended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it's pretty much in consensus that this is absolutely the greatest horror novel ever written. If you read it and it didn't scare you then you are dead and It's now starting to scare me to think that you, a dead person, is reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true page turner. I always prefer reading a book first before watching the film and draw my conclusion on which was more in depth. With The Exorcist its a close tie. Minus the subliminal images the book stil had me on the edge of my seat. If you're looking for a great mystery with a thilling edge then this is the book for you. Get ready if you plan on reading at night, this will have you double checking your locks and whincing at every little sound.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say I loved this book. If u seen the movie you have to read this book. Truthful and honesty it was not scary to me for the fact is I do not get scared easy. But I do enjoy horror and love this. I would recommend this to anyone interested in a good exorcist book. The charator and there thoughts was perfect and the demon so evil. I give this 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I had seen the movie, I never had read the book until now and I am glad I did. It one of those books that you can't set it down; I really like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It didn't scare me as much as it fascinated me. I always wanted to keep reading, and see what happened. It was a very good book. People told me the original movie was one of the best horror movies made, and the book reflected that. If the things  that happened in this book, happened in real life, I would be very horrified!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely terrifying. My parents allowed me to watch the movie when I was 5 years old, so I was always so scared of Regan. Somethimg about her makeup in the movie just stuck with me and terrifyed me. Now that I'm 17 and reading the book, I realise what fantastic casting they did to portray a fantastic plot. The author writes this book in such a way that makes you want to continue reading; I can't put the book down. The frequent use of italics makes it easier to read and seem more organized, but maybe thats the OCD in me talking. What I really like about this book is that it jumps right into the tense and somewhat frightening parts (granted, it does get progressively scarrier as the novel carries on, starting off mild). Having seen the movie first I knew there was a big, long, boring intro about a coin in some hot land (I always skip that part) but the book starts off in Regan and Chris' house immediately. One thing I love is a book that hooks you from the first page. I got the free sample on my Nook Color first, then instantly bought the book when I was done with the sample. I just had to keep reading. I believe this really is one of the scariest books of all time, and I am a HUGE horror genre fan. I reccommend it to anyone looking for an intense, scary read (and who doesn't mind the very graphic language used).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow this book is good and you really can't put it down. All the events and people are described with such amazing adjectives and words. It also scares you and almost makes you afraid of people you know because of the thought of any events in this book happening to them or even you. I saw the movie first and the book has captivated much better. I would definately recommend this book. It's so awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a remarkable book. I couldn't put it down. Very spooky. A must for all scary story lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely incredible. The book is so consuming that it makes you think twice about what you believe. Blatty describes the horrors of this novel with just enough detail to let your imagination run wild with your fear. Worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I'm actually just a kid, and I could understand the book mostly, and it's really exciting. I could'nt put the book down, it was just too exciting and "scary". I would definetly reccomend this book to anybody-- it's great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! It was filled with action and excitement, I couldn't put it down. As a matter of fact I started reading it one afternoon and didn't stop until I had finished it, at 3o'clock the next morning!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE SCARIEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. A MARVELOUS TALE OF DEVIL POSSESSION, ESPCIALLY DURING A TIME OF ANGUISH AND DISORDER THE WATERGATE SCANDLE, THE ENDING OF VIETMAN WAR. CHILLING, INNOVATIVE, AND ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just have three words for you, SCARY AS HELL!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, for me, was more disturbing than scary. I don't belive in demonic possession but this book was so well written and I got so wrapped up in the characters, my disbelief was put on hold. The Exorcist is not just about evil, it's also a book about great faith. It's MUCH better than the movie and definatly not for the very impressionable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best-written stories ever by any fiction writer. The background on demonology is very interesting. The struggle is more psychological than physical as one would expect from a horror story. The images are shocking, even if you haven't seen the movie. Let your imagination give you a hell of a scare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked the movie, you will absolutely LOVE the book. William Peter Blatty couldn't have done a better job on this masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book about an 11 year old girl named Reagan who is possessed by satan. It started out with little things such as her yelling curses she had never heard of before and increased to the point where the doctors think she has a mental illness. But mental illness has nothing to do with it. This extraordinary story has a suprise lurking around every corner and will keep you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Although a few odd times I skipped a couple of pages of nothing important. All in all I enjoyed reading it. I've seen the movie a bunch of times and was wondering how the book was. I was more interested in the Regan storyline then the detective stuff. Those were the parts I skipped through.