William Peter Blatty, the author of the 1971 novel, The Exorcist, which became the 1973 movie of the same name, has died at the age of 89 from blood cancer.
In 1949, Blatty read an article about a teenaged boy’s demonic possession.
He not only wrote the screenplay for The Exorcist, but he also wrote the screenplays for The Exorcist III and The Ninth Configuration. In 2013, on the 40th anniversary of the move, he made a shocking remark about the process of writing the book:
“When I was writing the novel, I thought I was writing a supernatural detective story that was filled with suspense with theological overtones. To this day, I have zero recollection of even a moment when I was writing that I was trying to frighten anyone.”
Well, he scared many people. It has been scaring people for decades.
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