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The exorcist

The exorcist

Blatty, William Peter

One of the most famous horror stories ever written, 'The Exorcist' is the terrifying story of an 11-year-old girl possessed by an overwhelming demonic force

Paperback, Book. English. Horror. Horror tales.
40th anniversary ed.
Published London: Corgi, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: William Peter Blatty
ISBN: 0552166774, 9780552166775
Note: Originally published: New York: Harper & Row; 1971, London: Blond & Briggs, 1972.
Physical Description: 377 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Demoniac possession Fiction.

Author note

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


"A tremendous, 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 Times

Back cover copy


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 Exorcistbecame 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.