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The Exorcist

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Father Damien Karras: 'Where is Regan?' Regan MacNeil: 'In here. With us.' The terror begins unobtrusively. Noises in the attic. In the child's room, an odd smell, the displacement of furniture, an icy chill. At first, easy explanations are offered. Then frightening changes begin to appear in eleven-year-old Regan. Medical tests fail to shed any light on her symptoms, but it is as if a different personality has invaded her body. Father Damien Karras, a Jesuit priest, is called in. Is it possible that a demonic presence has possessed the child? Exorcism seems to be the only answer...First published in 1971, The Exorcist became a literary phenomenon and inspired one of the most shocking films ever made. This edition, polished and expanded by the author, includes new dialogue, a new character and a chilling new extended scene, provides an unforgettable reading experience that has lost none of its power to shock and continues to thrill and terrify new readers.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 25mm | 282g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Special edition
  • 40th Anniversary Reissue
  • None
  • 0552166774
  • 9780552166775
  • 66,285

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"A tremendous novel...fast, powerful and completely gripping" Sunday Express "Well researched, written in a literate style... grips with the force of evil incarnate, and there are not many readers who will be unmoved" The New York Times Book Review "Wonderfully exciting" Newsweek "Immensely satisfying... holds its audience in a vice-like grip" LA Timesshow more

About William Peter Blatty

Born in 1928, William Peter Blatty is a novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. As well the horror classic, The Exorcist, his other novels include The Ninth Configuration, Legion and Dimiter. He lives in Maryland.show more

Back cover copy

PREPARE TO BE AFRAID... The terror begins quietly. Noises in the attic. In the child's room. An odd smell. The displacement of furniture. An icy chill. Easy explanations are offered. Then frightening changes are seen in the eleven-year-old girl. Medical tests shed no light on her symptoms, but it is as if a different personality has invaded her body. A Jesuit priest is called in. Is it possible that a demonic presence is within the child? Exorcism seems to be the only answer, but do they know what powerful force they are about to unleash? First published in 1971, The Exorcist became a literary phenomenon and inspired one of the most shocking films ever made. Forty years on, the novel has been revised by the author and includes a chilling new sequence. It remains an unforgettable reading experience.show more

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"A tremendous novel...fast, powerful and completely gripping"show more

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125,134 ratings
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2 4% (4,711)
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