William Peter Blatty
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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.
It's odd to describe a book such as this as 'beautiful'. It's prose goes from sublime to disgusting but it's overall the most affecting book I have ever read. The best example of good vs evil and written in a affirming manner. Give it a read, whether you have faith or not, this is an astonishingly involving piece of literature.
It doesn't say 'scariest novel ever written' on the cover for no reason...
I have read this book at least 10 times and always find something new in the text (besides the author's extra bits in the 40th edition). This time it was the beauty of the author's writing. In a book full of terrifying dialogue and disturbing scenes, the author uses sheer poetry in his descriptions of the world and it's inhabitants. This creates a constant juxtaposition that enables the reader to empathise with the clash of the real and supernatural world. Yes, it is a serious horror, but it is also a classic.