THE EXORCIST THE SCARIEST NOVEL EVER .

August 5, 2020 By Swapnil Suryawanshi

The Exorcist

Novel by :

William Peter Blatty .

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Is the Exorcist book better than the movie

The verdict

Unusually for me, the film wins in my eyes. It’s simply superior to the book in many ways and focuses more on Regan’s fight to overcome her possession, which is really what we want to see. Good wins over evil. It’s a feast for the eyes and we love every minute of it.

How long is the exorcist book :

2h 12m

Is the Exorcist book scary :

The book is definitely still scary as hell, but in a different way. … What your imagination comes up with when you’re reading a book can be far worse than what a director chooses to show an audience. The Exorcist definitely felt like a detective story, which is what I liked best about it.

Factual basis for the novel :

Aspects of the character Father Merrin were based on the British archaeologist Gerald Lankester Harding, who had excavated the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls had been found and whom Blatty had met in Beirut. 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.”

Originally published: 1971 AuthorWilliam Peter BlattyPage count: 340 (first edition) Followed byLegionPublisherHarperGenres: Novel, Horror fiction.

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Plot :

An elderly Jesuit priest named Father Lankester Merrin is leading an archaeological dig in northern Iraq and is studying ancient relics. After discovering a small statue of the demon Pazuzu (an actual ancient Assyrian demon), a series of omens alerts him to a pending confrontation with a powerful evil, which, unknown to the reader at this point, he has battled before in an exorcism in Africa.

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Factual basis for the novel :

Aspects of the character Father Merrin were based on the British archaeologist Gerald Lankester Harding, who had excavated the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls had been found and whom Blatty had met in Beirut. 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.”

Republications :

On October 31, 2010, Cemetery Dance published a special omnibus edition of The Exorcist and its sequel Legion, signed by Blatty (ISBN 978-1587672118). A limited edition of 750 copies (with an additional 52 leatherbound copies), it is now out of print.[7] On September 27, 2011, The Exorcist was re-released as a 40th Anniversary Edition in paperback.

What happened at the end of The Exorcist :

In a moment of self-sacrifice, Karras throws himself out of the window before he can be compelled to harm Regan, fatally tumbling down a set of stone steps and thus defeating the demon. Father Dyer, an old friend of Karras, happens upon the scene and administers the last rites to his friend.

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Achievements :

According to a research from the Spanish Book Institute, the Spanish-translated version was the eighth-most popular book sold in Spain in 1975

First edition cover
AuthorWilliam Peter Blatty
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror
PublisherHarper & Row
Publication dateJune 1971
Media typePrint (Hardcover, paperback)
Pages340 (first edition)
ISBN978-0-06-010365-1
OCLC29760583
Followed byLegion 

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The Exorcist is a horror novel written by William Peter Blatty. It is based on a 1949 exorcism, Blatty heard about while he was a Bachelor’s student in 1950