‘The Exorcist’: Suntup Editions Celebrates 50th Anniversary With New Limited Edition Book

Before William Friedkin’s The Exorcist there was William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, a novel published just two short years before Friedkin’s film adaptation terrified the world. In celebration of the legendary original horror novel’s 50th anniversary, Suntup Editions has announced a fine press limited edition of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.

The edition features illustrations by Marc Potts, as well as a new exclusive introduction by William Friedkin, director of the 1973 motion picture adaptation. The edition is highly limited with a very low print run, and is now available for pre-order over on Suntup’s website. These editions never last long, so if you want one, make sure to get your order in ASAP.

Here’s everything you need to know, courtesy of Suntup’s press release…

One of the most controversial novels ever written, The Exorcist was first published in June 1971, and would go on to become a cultural phenomenon. The book spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at #1. Five decades later, the novel retains its power to possess readers with its raw and visceral prose.

Inspired by a 1949 article in The Washington Post in which a Catholic priest recounts his experience performing the ritual of exorcism on a young child, William Peter Blatty’s groundbreaking novel details the demonic possession of eleven-year-old Regan MacNeil. When neither medical professionals nor psychiatrists can come to Regan’s aid, her mother enlists the assistance of two priests. Overwhelmed but determined, they endeavor to rescue Regan from an unspeakable fate. To do so, they must face a series of terrifying moments that will test not only their strength, but the very core of their faith.

Two years after its publication, The Exorcist was adapted for the screen by Blatty. The film, directed by William Friedkin, who has penned an exclusive introduction for this edition of the novel, would become a wildly successful motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. Friedkin and Blatty formed a lifelong friendship, with Friedkin often referring to Blatty as “my brother,” and “the most spiritual man I ever met.” To both men, The Exorcist was not a horror story, but one of the great mystery of faith. Friedkin’s new introduction chronicles the moments of inspiration that led Blatty to write the novel.

On September 27, 2011, The Exorcist was re-released as a 40th Anniversary Edition in hardcover, paperback and audiobook featuring new and revised material. Of this edition, which is the very same one now available from Suntup, Blatty wrote:

“This will have a touch of new material in it as part of an all-around polish of the dialogue and prose. First time around I never had the time (meaning the funds) to do a second draft, and this, finally, is it. With forty years to think about it, a few little changes were inevitable — plus one new character in a totally new, very spooky scene. This is the version I would like to be remembered for.”

To pre-order the Artist edition, limited to only 1000 copies available for sale, visit: https://shop.suntup.press/products/the-exorcist-by-william-peter-blatty-artist-edition.

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